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Gaeddong-yi becomes
Mr. Toilet

Gaeddong-yi is a name given as the person was born
in a toilet of his mother's parents' home! Maybe it was
the reason that Sim Jae-duck was so attached to toilets.

When he was the Mayor of Suwon City, he started a
campaign to improve toilets. He contributed to the
improvement of the Korean toilet culture movement.

He played a major role to establish the World Toilet
Association, an international association for the cause!

Mr. Toilet Sim Jae-duck,

  • 1939 ~ 1999
    • 1939. 01. 15 Born in a toilet of his mother's parents house located in Doduram Mountain, Majang-myeon, Icheon City
    • 1945 ~ 1954 Suwon Shinpoong and Suwonbuk Middle School
    • 1954 ~ 1957 Suwon Agricultural High School
    • 1957. 03. 01 Entered Seoul National University
    • 1963 ~ 1967 Taught at his alma mater, Suwon High School for Agricultural Science and Ansung Agriculture College(5-year course).
    • 1967 ~ 1976 Head of Department of Horticulture, Gyeonggi-do Office
    • 1977. 02. 01 Established Dongseo Steel
    • 1982. 10. 31 Established Gwanggyo Gymnasium
    • 1987. 09. 08 Took office as President of Suwon Cultural Center(1987~1995)
    • 1988 Held the Summernight Music Festival, published <Love Suwon>, Open Seoho Campaign, Campaign against Mt. Paldalsan Tunnel, Campaign against the construction to cover Suwon Stream, etc.
    • 1989. 10. 06 Organized the Committee to Promote Restoration of Hwaseong Fortress
    • 1993 ~ 1995 Chair Advisor of the Committee to Promote Restoration of Hwaseong Fortress
    • 1995. 06. 27 Elected as the first popular vote Mayor of Suwon City(independent candidate)
    • 1995. 07. 01 Took office as the 22nd Mayor of Suwon City(1995~1998)
    • 1995. 11. 01 Mt. Gwanggyosan is kept open all the year.
    • 1995. 11. 16 Constructed an Outdoor Concert Hall
    • 1996. 01. 22 Kicked off the 2095 Suwon Development Planning Team
    • 1996. 05. 21 Decision to cancel the construction to cover Suwon Stream Construction of unsightly facilities (crematorium, waste crematory, and sewage disposal facilities) provided a foundation of the livelihood of 1 million Suwon citizens.
    • Celebration for the 200th anniversary of Suwon
    • 1996. 07. 18 Celebration for restoration of Hwaseong Fortress
    • 1997 Worldcup Stadium opening ceremony
    • Member of the 2002 Worldcup Games Organizing Committee Honorary Public Administration Doctor(Kyonggi University)
    • 1997. 06. 28 Hwaseong Fortress decided to be the UNESCO'S world heritage site
    • 1997. 12. 27 Won a commitment to hold the Korea·Japan Worldcup Game in Suwon
    • 1998. 06. 04 Re-elected as Mayor of Suwon City from the second popular vote (independent candidate)
    • 1998. 07. 01 Took office as the 23rd Mayor of Suwon City(1998~2002)
    • 1999. 08. 27 Took office as the first president of the Korea Toilet Association
  • 2001~2009
    • 2001. 03. 12 Arrested and imprisoned for taking bribery
    • 2002. 02. 26 Recognized as a safe city (world's 63rd and Asia's first)
    • 2002. 06. 13 Lost the third popular election for Mayor of Suwon City(independent candidate)
    • 2002. 10. 09 Judgment of an acquittal by the Seoul High Court
    • 2003. 11. 27 Judgment of an acquittal by the Supreme Court
    • 2004. 04. 15 Elected as an assemblyman representing Jangan-gu, Suwon (Uri Party)
    • 2005. 01 Established the world's first Public Toilet Act, Chairperson of the Korea, Turkey Assemblymen's Friendship Association, Representative of the National Assembly Local Autonomy Research Center
    • 2005. 06. 28 Hunger strike at the National Assembly against the deteriorated Local Autonomy Act (opposing to nomination of local government representatives by parties)
    • 2006. 11. 21 Elected as the chair of the organizing committee for the establishment of the World Toilet Association
    • 2006 ~ 2007 Activities for the first establishment meeting of the World Toilet Association (visited about 20 countries)
    • 2007. 05. 28 Diagnosed of prostate cancer
    • 2007. 11. 11 Constructed the world's first toilet-shaped house, Mr. Toilet House
    • 2007. 11. 22 2007 Elected as the first president of the World Toilet Association at the first establishment general assembly
    • 2008. 01. 08 Declared non-participation in the election to become a national assemblyman of the 18th national assembly term (defected from the United New Democratic Party)
    • 2008. 05. 31 The 17th national assemblyman's term expired Celebrated the publication of the book, <Happy to be with You, Toilet>
    • 2008. 06. 15 The first meeting of the board of directors of the World Toilet Association (WTA)
    • 2008. 09 Fought prostate cancer
    • 2008. 11. 21 The First 'World Toilet Day' celebrated in Seoul
    • 2009. 01. 14 Did not overcome the illness and passed away
    • 2009. 01 Received the Order of Civil Merit Moran Medal
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