South Korea's Mr. Toilet is taking his revolutionary restroom campaign a step further by building the country's first toilet house.
Sim Jae-duck called his toilet domicile "Haewoojae," which aptly means "a place where one can solve one's worries."
The two-storey, 418.72 square-meter structure is made of steel and concrete and took $1.1 million and six months to build. It boasts of posh amenities such as deluxe toilets and a whirlpool bathtub. It even has a grand staircase.
The main entrance is through a roof balcony around the "rim" of the bowl. A unique showpiece bathroom is at the center of house. A motion sensor activates classical music when guests enter.
Sim tore down his old home to put up the odd-shaped house, in his bid for better hygiene and sanitation not only in South Korea but also worldwide. About 2.6 billion people globally do not have toilets.
Only the moneyed can stay overnight at the toilet house. An overnight stay costs staggering $50,000 but visitors can check out the facility for a minimal donation of $1. All the proceeds will go to the Korea Toilet Association and will be used to fund the improvement of toilet facilities in developing countries.
The toilet will be officially unveiled in the province of Gyeonggi-do on Sunday in time for the inauguration of the World Toilet Association (WTA) in late November. Notably, the United Nations declared 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation.
"Toilets stand central to people's lives," said Sim, whose popularity has made him a legislator.