Remains of 8th Century Flush Toilet Found in Gyeongju

Write : 2017-09-26 14:10:59 Update : 2017-09-26 14:25:52

Remains of 8th Century Flush Toilet Found in Gyeongju

Remains of what appears to be a flush toilet made during the Unified Silla Dynasty in the eighth century have been discovered in a secondary palace in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.
 
The Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage said Tuesday that excavation work at a site northeast of the Dong Palace in Gyeongju uncovered a stone flush toilet and draining system inside a stone structure.
 
It marked the first time for a bathroom structure, toilet and draining system to all be found at an ancient site in South Korea.
 
The institute explained that the oval-shaped flush toilet, made out of granite, has a drain and two rectangular slab stones on both sides apparently for users to plant their feet on when they are squatting.
 
An institute official said it appears that human excrement was flushed down the drain by pouring water into the toilet given that the bathroom had no water inflow equipment.
 
The official said given the materials that were used for the toilet, it appears that the bathroom was of high quality used by the royal family.

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