South Korea,  Travel

Exciting News: LEGOLAND Korea!

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LEGOLAND, a chain of Lego-themed theme parks, which currently spans across 5 countries and 6 cities, will finally open its first East Asian location and it’s going to be in… Korea! When opened, it will be the world’s first LEGOLAND to be located on an island.  It was originally planned to open in Spring of 2016 in Jungdo Island in the city of Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, but there was a delay in the construction due to a conflict between building the park and the need to preserve cultural heritage. The project hit a snag with the discovery of some prehistoric relics but local communities stepped up to provide support. The main reason for the support is the urgent need for local development.

Now, the green light has been turned on and construction commenced. It is now estimated that LEGOLAND Korea will open in March 2017 but the facilities will be fully operational only in 2018, just in time for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LEGOLAND Korea will be composed of a 280,000 sqm. amusement park, a hotel, an outlet shopping mall, a water park, a history museum, a spa and other exciting facilities. It is estimated that it will draw 1Million tourists and create up to 1,600 jobs, a definite economic boost for the Gangwon region.

That the theme park will be located on an island is no issue. The area is accessible via high-speed train and expressways from Seoul. The local government also decided to set aside funds for the construction of a bridge that will link the island from the mainland. When built, LEGOLAND Korea will stand next to Chuncheon Station, about an hour trip from Seoul via the Gyeongchun Line.

Wondering what other attractions are in Gangwon province? Think of Seoraksan National Park, Pyeongchang, and the famous Nami Island.

Now, there’s more reason to go to Korea with the family soon 🙂

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