This is a story of how a beautiful young virgin almost ruined the entire fishing industry of a small Korean village. The young girl was swept away by the sea just beyond the reach of her lover’s fingertips. Little did the townspeople know that a curse was bestowed upon their tiny village. The fishermen came back empty-handed day after day, the people became hungrier as their delusion began to set in. The confusion caused by hunger and hardship made a young fisherman masturbate right into the sea. The seed of the fisherman revived the fish ecology and once again there was seafood at the dinner table. The connection was made and the townsfolk agreed that the only way to calm the spirit of an angry virgin is with the placement of large phallic statues along the shore.
What does this story mean for travelers? Penises. Lots and lots of penises in a tiny village in the south of Gangwon province. The highlights include the penis zodiak, a circle of masturbating fishermen and, of course, the penis cannon. I personally think the penis cannon is the best artillery against angry unconsummated spirits.
You can reach the infamous Penis Park by taking a bus to Samcheok and then taking the intercity bus. We, of course, scootered 5 hours from Busan. With sore butts we enjoyed the sunshine and dancing reflections of the phallus. The funniest sight was of little old ladies analyzing the engravings on the short stumps. I also loved the parents that brought along their entire families to the park. I wonder if a park filled with bronze mammary glands would be deemed inappropriate in Korea. It is probably a little bit more difficult to derive a fish related folktale with breasts.
Where is the Penis Park?
The Penis Park is located about 20km south of Samcheok. You can find it right over here. Its coordinates are 37.272328,129.32335.
How do I get to the mysterious horde of wooden phallus?
If you are coming from Busan, take the 6:22am bus from Dongbu Intercity Terminal to Samcheok. You’ll be on the bus for over four hours. From Samcheok Intercity Bus Terminal take bus #24 which conveniently runs 11 times a day.
From Seoul you have two options. You can either take one of the 9 buses from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or one of the many from the Seoul Express City Terminal. The journey should take you just under four hours. Please check the bus schedule for other options. You can also scoot or drive up here as the park is conveniently on highway 7.
Is it true you can see the penis statues from space?
Umm..Probably not? Check to make sure everyone has their zipper done up on the spacecraft before making such silly assumptions.