Check out the artist renderings of 8City, the massive, US$275 billion tourism city that may be going up in Incheon:

Called 8City, to be built on the islands of Yongyu-Muui in the port city of Incheon, next to Incheon International Airport, the project in question is the creation of a gigantic ‘tourism city.’

Plans for the city include travel and leisure facilities from luxury hotels, condominiums, casinos and shopping malls to a theme park, a water park, a Formula One racing track, a 50,000-seat concert hall, a medical tourism-based “healing town” and a “hallyu town” showcasing Korean entertainment.

An all in one tourism destination that visitors won’t want to leave. But not just any visitor.

The project aims firmly at the massive and growing market of mainland Chinese tourists.

One of the major landmarks here is the Megastrip, which “at 200 meters high, 880 meters wide and 3.3 kilometers long will be the world’s largest single architectural unit.”

And when they say “unit,” they do mean unit.

Anyway, here’s a map of the place:

As a guy who a) likes Incheon, and b) gets a raging Megastrip for interesting architecture, I really hope this gets built. Not really sure I should, though—in the long run, this “build it and they will come” approach can’t be a healthy thing.

On a related note, Korea might get a record 10 million visitors this year.