Asia-Pacific's most amazing and, at times, amusing toilets

As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms.

Whatever you prefer to call them – lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom or water closet –
toilets are a window into the secret soul of a destination.

So, wherever you’re reading this, we hope you’re sitting comfortably.

South Korea

Mr Toilet House, Suwon,

Suwon boasts a theme park devoted to toilets. The eccentric attraction has a commode-shaped museum, former home of Sim Jae-duck – aka ‘Mr Toilet’.


Safe Haven Orphanage, Ban Tha Song Yang,

A seemingly simple toilet block forms an unlikely cultural connection between a rural orphanage in Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand, and a high-tech architectural firm from Trondheim, Norway.


Toylet, Joypolis Tokyo,

There’s never a dull moment in a Japanese restroom, not since Sega invented an interactive urinal system – otherwise known as the Toylet – where you can test your target skills

New Zealand

Public lavatories, Matakana,

Matakana lad Steffan de Haan’s design is highly symbolic, from the facade to the ship-shape cubicles, a nod to the local boat-building industry.

New Zealand

Lobster loos, Wellington,

Architect Bret Thurston’s boggly-eyed design of the public lavatories on the city’s windswept waterfront is hoped to attract tourists to Wellington, though it’s a long way to go.


Valley view restroom,

Sit, stand or squat – the choice is yours in this well-maintained roadside rest stop in the mountainous nation of Laos. Whichever way you lean, the valley view from the loo, is utterly uplifting.


Encounter Bay,

this eco-toilet serves a salty bunch of beach bums, who seek out the solitude, surf breaks and fishing spots offered by the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline.

See more porcelain pews with fantastic views, audacious attention-seeking urban outhouses, and eco-thrones made from sticks and stones in all sorts of wild settings.


A visit to Nyungwe National Park, where it’s possible to hike through the thick forests to share time with one of our other nearest relatives, the chimpanzee.