This week we’re heading to Seoul’s Poop Cafe (also known as Ddo-dong Cafe). Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, Seoul is not the only city with a poop-themed cafe. Canada’s largest city, Toronto, also boasts this dubious distinction. However, the Seoul Poop Cafe, which opened in 2015 is the original. Welcome to week 338 (7/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.
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The cafe is located on the top floor of Insadong’s Ssamzie-Gil Building, which is about a three-minute walk from the Anguk Subway Station. Come out exit 6, head straight and you’ll see the Information Center. Hang a left and you are on Insadong’s main drag. Walk 1-minute and you’ll see the SSamzie-Gil Building on the left. The mall is full of cute shops, so it may take you a while to get to the Poop Cafe, should you decide to browse along the way. You can build up a thirst along the way!
Seoul’s Poop Cafe
The coffee shop wasn’t too crowded when I arrived, but there was a steady stream of customers, made up of mostly teenagers and moms with young kids. Nothing really stands out when you enter. Although, if you look down to the right you’ll see a plush turd. There are quite a few of these scattered around the cafe. Most of them are smaller, and it seems that perhaps little kids and big kids like to play with them. Small plush turds are also offered for sale. Anyone for a pet turd?
When I got to the Poop Cafe counter I did notice photos advertising food served in squat toilets. If you look down, you’ll see the plant holder urinal. I think that’s a cute idea. The cafe also makes and sells turd shaped bread and scones, but they were sold-out.
I chose a hot rose latte served up in a mini toilet. I can’t say I was impressed with the chipped paint around the toilet bowl. Maybe the Poop Cafe is going into the crapper? 🙂 The coffee was just okay, nothing memorable.
While I waited, I got to spend some time with these two cute turds.
Poop Cafe customers leave notes written on mini-turd stationery. (I think they look like wee ghosts!)
So, are you wondering why Korean’s seem to be fascinated/obsessed with poop? After all, this isn’t the first Korean poop-themed post I’ve written. Do you remember the Toilet Museum? I’ve done a bit of research and it seems here in Korea poop symbolizes good luck and fortune. Dreaming about poop or going to the bathroom is a sign that something good is about to happen.
The Poop Cafe is open daily from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. I was there early afternoon and it wasn’t busy. Would I recommend this as a must-see in Seoul? Um, probably not. However, if you’re around Insadong, why not? It’s something you can laugh about with friends and family back home.
Have you been to the Poop Cafe in Seoul, or Toronto? Have you ever had the urge (no pun intended) to drink your morning coffee from a mini toilet masquerading as a coffee cup? Let us know in the comments.
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