A Plethora of Penises

***** Warning!!  Some of the pictures in this blog post are not suitable for younger audiences!! *******

Rumour had it that there was a Penis Cafe in Ulsan so some friends and I decided to investigate.  It seemed a deliciously shady way to spend a rainy, dreary Sunday afternoon.

The only problem was that we weren’t quite sure where it was.  Never mind, we thought.  Once we get close, surely someone will be able to give us directions.

We got off the bus in the general area of the cafe.  Turns out we were about 5km away from the cafe but as luck would have it, we had accidentally discovered one of the 12 Scenic Sights of Ulsan – The Seombawi Standing Rock. The rock itself was pretty but was essentially a large rock in the river.  It was apparently the place to be on a rainy Sunday though.  There were families having picnics, a large crowd excitedly playing foot volleyball, and a mad geriatric karaoke contest.

Bemused, we found ourselves a cab and continued on our quest.  Amazingly, the cab driver had never heard of the Penis Cafe, but he was wiling to drive along until we found what we were looking for.

And find it we did!

(That’s the owner in the picture!)

Inside, the decor was certainly happy to see you.

The chairs came in a variety of “sizes”

The bathroom door was thrilled you had stopped by, and even the sugar bowls were excited you had visited.

The Penis Cafe was funny in a sleazy, seedy kind of way.  There was even a sketchy porn peep show in the dark, dank basement.  Too bad… under the right management, it could have been a quirky, cheeky place to visit.  As it was, we just felt a bit dirty…

The owner seemed quite taken by my height and as we left, he handed me his card and told me to call him sometime.  I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered or not.  On the one hand, I’m sure he was a very nice man.  On the other hand, I feel quite certain that his predilection for penis statuary and peep show porn would have very quickly come between us.

I’ll leave you with some more pictures of the cafe…

A Penis garden

A penis car…

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About Carrie K

Teacher, writer, traveller. Slightly neurotic. Overly talkative. Loving life. You can also follow me on Twitter: kimchigirl72
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7 Responses to A Plethora of Penises

  1. jessicajhill says:

    This is hilarious! It reminds me of a taxi I took in Thailand, and the driver had a ginormous chain of varied penises around the steering column. Apparently, they’re lucky? Ha.

  2. This is so funny! Great post!

  3. Ashley says:

    Oh my! Hilarious!!

  4. Carrie K says:

    Hi!!
    The 802 is the bus that goes there but I’m not sure if it goes to the KTX station.
    There is a fabulous tourist information desk at the KTX station. They speak English. Your best bet would be to ask them.
    If they’ve never heard of the Penis Cafe, tell them it’s between Seonbawi Rock and the waterpark.
    I hope that helps!!

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