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Sanchong gets heaven-scent toilet

DELUXE RESTROOM:The public facility, which is lit up at night and sports a well- ventilated interior, is so modern people have mistaken it for an entrance to an MRT station

By Tsai Pei-ling and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

A perfume-bottle-themed public restroom is pictured in Jieshou Park
in New Taipei City’s Sanchong District on Aug. 24.

Photo: Tsai Pai-ling, Taipei Times

Despite the common stereotypes that surround public restrooms, the

New Taipei City (新北市) Government set up a facility a year ago in

Jieshou Park in Sanchong District (三重) to prove that even public

restrooms can be described as fashionable.

The restroom — built in the shape of a perfume bottle — has

completely shattered the widely held perception that public

restrooms are dark, damp and smelly. In fact, the restroom is so

trendy that it has even been mistaken as the entrance to an MRT

station.

According to Shangde Borough (尚德) Warden Liu Hsi-ching (劉錫慶),

the restroom was constructed because Liu wanted local residents to

have access to a conveniently located restroom.

A NT$2.5 million (US$83,600) subsidy was used in the facility’s

construction and the designer modeled it on the bottle of a well-

known perfume brand and also used brightly colored mosaic tiles and

glass blocks in its construction, Liu said.

The addition of what resembles a spray nozzle on the roof makes it

appear as if the toilet were an enlarged bottle of perfume.

At night the restroom is lit up with multi-colored lights, which

helps generate a sense of romance, Liu said.

The restroom is equipped with three stalls for men and women and

the interior of the facility is spacious, well-lit and well

ventilated, Liu said, adding that it is also routinely patrolled by

community-organized teams and is regularly cleaned.

“Shangde borough is the face of Sanchong district and we hope the

facility can provide residents and visitors with a good impression

of Sanchong,” Liu said.

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