Squat toilets are toilets you do not sit on, like the Western ‘throne toilet, but rather, these toilets require you to squat to do your business. Unseen in the West, these toilets are still prevalent throughout Asia, and yes, these toilets are still used in Korea. The “throne” toilet has become more common in homes in Korea, but in older buildings you will probably come across a squat toilet.
Instruction For Using a Korean Squat Toilet
When you do come across a squat toilet, do not panic. You can do it! All you need to do is place your feet on each side of the porceline hole and pull down your pants and squat. Be sure that whatever is coming out is dripping, poring or lumping into the toilet, so you may need keep your ass as close as possible to the toilet to reduce splash damage.
Dangers of Using a Squat Toilet
Many Koreans have a good story to tell of falling in one of these when they were young. It took them years of practice to master the techniques of using a squat toilet. If you are new to this way of using the toilet be extra careful as you do not want to fall in.
Need to Know About Korean Restrooms
A lot of restrooms in Korea may not offer toilet paper. It is up to you to bring enough to wipe your body and extra in case you need to wipe clean some article of clothing soiled while using the toilet.
Also, when you are finished using the tissue, you should not deposit the soiled tissue directly into the toilet. You need to discard the tissue in a bucket or waste basket that should be strategically placed near you. Warning: Do not look in the bucket and avoid breathing near it!
Let’s now start our photo tour of Korean Squat Toilets:
This a communal toilet. Avoid.
Now For some Instruction For Using a Squat Toilet
There is a Toilet Themed Park in Suwon, South Korea.
Here are some instructions for Asians on how to use Throne toilets.
Video Testimony of the Culture Shock of Using A Squat Toilet
Listen to Nicole share her story to her students. The story starts at about 0:30 seconds in.