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Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind)



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Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013, Gwangju City (South Korea)

Designed by
Jihae Hwang (Muum)
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Hae-woo-so is the Korean word for the traditional Korean toilet. The inspiration behind the garden is that for centuries the Korean people believed that going to the toilet was a cathartic experience and considered it to be highly spiritual.

The wild flowers and vintage look of the toilet building are key elements of this predominantly green-toned garden. The pathway to the toilet from the garden’s entrance is also a significant feature; the process of emptying one’s mind takes place on the walk through the centre of the peaceful garden, enjoying the beauty of nature.

Expert commentary by Robert Hillier - RHS Chair of Small Gardens panel

The Korean garden was amazing. The subject was very unusual for the British mentality but apparently normal in Korea and not a thing that people find humourous. There were certain areas where various materials from Korea and from Devon were used. The garden was beautifully executed and done entirely to brief.


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Congratulations to the Jihae Hwang and the team for winning Gold and Best Artisan Garden awards.

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