SEOUL, May 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to hold a unique photo exhibition later this month showcasing pictures of school bathrooms that have been renovated, as part of a city initiative to improve the quality of school bathrooms.
The photo exhibition, which will be held on the first floor of Seoul City Hall from May 15 to 31, looks back on the progress made on school bathrooms in Seoul, which were often criticized for their poor hygiene and derelict facilities.
The findings from a study conducted by the Citizen’s Coalition for Restrooms in 2012 showed nearly 65 percent of the 1,244 elementary school students surveyed thought bathrooms were the most uncomfortable place in school.
Amid growing complaints, a collective project led by the Seoul city government and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education saw 63 billion won pumped into revamping bathrooms at 440 local public schools.
The Seoul government worked together with students and parents to finalize the design and layout of the new facilities.
As the city’s efforts have come to fruition with newly built public school bathrooms no longer being considered ‘uncomfortable’ by students, the new photo exhibition will display pictures of restrooms at 26 schools, along with the original blueprints and survey findings.