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Incheon to build massive tourism city; major landmark looks like a great big schlong

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.

Incheon’s mayor said what?

Sadly, I think this is probably only the beginning. Another reason it’s so easy to become jaded.

Making this even more appalling is that Yeonpyeong-do is administratively part of Incheon City.

Now THAT’s an F*ing Bridge!

Incheon Bridge

The newly opened Incheon Bridge, seen from the return boat from Palmi-do Island. More in the upcoming December issue of SEOUL.

Old Sun Kwang Headquarters, Incheon

I was in Incheon for magazine work earlier this week when I decided to take a closer look at the old Sun Kwang headquarters, a beautiful colonial-era office opposite Incheon Post Office:

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Old Sunkwang Headquarters

Built in 1912, the four-story office was originally used as an office by Japanese shipping and stevedoring companies. In 1948, the newly formed Korean stevedoring firm Sun Kwang took over the property for use as their corporate headquarters. And so it was used for 56 years. In 2004, the company made plans to turn it into a museum to the history of Incheon Harbor, but it doesn’t appear this panned out. The building is now used as an office of Sun Kwang Culture Foundation, the firm’s scholarship fund.

A beautiful Renaissance-style building with a wonderful double-arched entrance (which may be of more recent vintage), it has yet to be designated a cultural property, oddly enough.

The Best Airport in the World? . . .

It’s in Inchon, South Korea.

More Heritage of Incheon

Korea Express Warehouse
Built in 1948, this red brick warehouse with a wood truss roof is now being transformed into an arts venue (along with the other warehouses in the area).

As penance for the lack of posting recently, I give you not one (see “Korean War Ruins of Cheorwon” below) but two photo essays.

No matter how many times I visit Incheon, it never gets old. I just love the place and its heady mix of exotic shapes and colors. Granted, not all Western visitors to Incheon — known historically as Jemulpo (or Chemulpo) — have been so enthralled with the place. One US Navy sailor wrote of the port in the 1890s:

It must not be thought from this that the other messes were lacking in anything, for each and every one conduced toward making the interior of the ship a picture, that once seen would never be forgotten. Chemulpo is a poor place to make liberties in, being cold and having no places of amusement. Several of the boys were frost bitten while in pulling boats. Coreans are very much like the Chinese, just as conceited and twice as dirty, if that is possible.

Hey, at least he spelled “Koreans” with a “C.”

Anyway, for a more detailed account of the city’s history and historic architecture, see this photo essay from 2007. This post includes Chinatown and the old concession areas, of course, but my primary destination was the Dong-gu area, with its old missionary schools, an old missionary home and a colonial-era water distribution plant.

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