The 17th Asian Games will be held at stadiums in and around Incheon Metropolitan City from September 19 to October 4, 2014. It is the third Asian Games to be held in Korea and this year 13,000 athletes and executives from 45 countries are expected to show. A total of 36 sports, including swimming, archery, and track-and-field events, will be played during the games. The following article will describe the main stadium for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, which will be filled to the brim with friendship and harmony reached through sports and enriched with historical, cultural, traditional and religious diversity of the participants, as well as attractions nearby.
Photos courtesy of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing
The Incheon Asiad Main Stadium located in Seo-gu, Incheon is where the opening ceremony, closing ceremony, and track-and-field meets of the 17th Asian Games will take place. This stadium was built based on the three concepts of “incorporating light,” “bringing in the rising wind,” and “dancing with joy” to embody the energy of Incheon and the excitement shared by the participating countries through sporting events.
The five-story main stadium stretches across a total ground area of 113,620㎡ and is designed to seat over 60,000 spectators. Its two huge roofs form delicate undulating curves and its overall shape looks like a spaceship, which blends perfectly with the vast lawn plaza.
Biotope and sculptures outside the stadium
The surrounding areas of the main stadium were designed in an environment-friendly manner, including the Eco Canal that connects two streams flowing nearby and Biotope, a small-scale ecological habitat. The sculptures throughout the stadium grounds are also noteworthy. After this year's Asian Games come to an end, the main stadium will be re-purposed into a multi-use space for a wider range of cultural events.
The Nokcheongja Museum in Seo-gu, Incheon was established in the 1960s when nokcheongja(ceramics covered in green celadon glaze and baked in a kiln) kiln sites were discovered and a variety of ceramics and fragments were unearthed through four extensive excavation projects. Nokcheongja, which is indigenous to Korea, originated when celadon from China was first introduced during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Celadon works unearthed from the kiln sites include plates, bottles, and other vessels used in daily lives.
The first floor of the museum consists of the Historic Exhibition Hall, which showcases nokcheongja artifacts and displays the ceramic production process and the footprints of Korean ceramics in history, and the Special Exhibition Hall designed to accommodate contemporary ceramics. On the second floor of the museum is the One-Day Learning Center for visitors to experience wheel throwing and vessel making, to create rectangular and square plates by rolling out clay dough, and to make clay dolls.
☞ Address: 54, Doyoji-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
☞ Hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays, the day after a public holiday, and national holidays)
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Homepage: http://www.nokcheongja.or.kr (Korean)
The Geomdan Prehistory Museum is dedicated to prehistoric times and houses over 200 authentic prehistoric artifacts excavated from the northwest region of Incheon Metropolitan City. The museum consists of the Permanent Exhibition Hall, Hands-On Experience Space, and Outdoor Park. The Permanent Exhibition Hall on the first floor displays artifacts from the Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age, and Bronze Age. There are also seven settlement sites of the Bronze Age located near the museum. The settlement was carefully restored on these sites for visitors to observe and learn about the lifestyle during these times. Some are covered with strengthened glass panels so that visitors can walk above them and take a closer look at each site from above. The second-floor Hands-On Experience Space comprises the Prehistoric Culture Experience Space, Excavation Experience Space, and Children's Library. In the Prehistoric Culture Experience Space, visitors can create prehistoric earthenware by putting together clay fragments and engraving unique patterns.
Geomdan Prehistory Museum in Incheon
☞Address: 7, 121beongil, Gosanhu-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon
☞Hours: 09:00-18:00 (last admission is at 17:30) (Closed on Mondays, the day after public holidays, and New Year's Day)
☞Homepage: http://sunsa.incheon.go.kr (Korean)
Incheon Asian Games
☞ Period: September 19 – October 4, 2014
☞ Competition schedule: http://www.incheon2014ag.org/news/schedule/index (Korean, English)
☞ Stadium: http://www.incheon2014ag.org/venues/stadium/overview/index (Korean, English)
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