|Title||Gwangwon-do Plans to Establish ‘Lego Land’ in Jungdo, Chuncheon|
The Problem of Buried Cultural Heritages in Jungdo Needs to be Resolved
(Chuncheon=Yonhap News) Bo-Yeon Im, Hae-Yong Lee Reporter = There are plans to construct a comprehensive ‘Lego Land’ theme park in Jungdo, Uiamho, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon.
On Nov. 3rd, Gangwon-do announced
that it is negotiating with the
The negotiations between Gangwon-do and the Merlin Group involve the establishment of a 1.322 million ㎡ (about 400,000 pyeong) Lego Land in the Jungdo and Chuncheon areas. Also planned is a spa complex in upper Jungdo and a maritime sports complex, a condominium, a water park, a hotel, etc., in lower Jungdo.
Also, there are plans to establish a retail facility in the area surrounding Chuncheon Station, which will be the final stop of the Gyeongchunseon Bokseon Subway, which is expected to open in December, so as to allow visitors to enjoy shopping.
The entrance road will cost 80 billion won to build, and a monorail will be constructed instead of a bridge to make sure the landscape is not destroyed.
The total project cost is estimated to be around 500 billion won, and the Merlin Group and Gwangwon-do will invest 100 billion won and 10 billion won, respectively, to establish a Special Purpose Company (SPC).
Additionally, Gwangwon-do is reviewing the plan to lease a 1.322 million ㎡ area in Jungdo and Geunhwa-dong, which is owned by Gwangwon-do and Chuncheon-si, to the Merlin Group for free.
In addition, Merlin Entertainment is the world’s second largest tourism facility enterprise and manages fifty-eight tourism facilities and six hotels in twelve countries, on three continents, around the world.
However, the Cultural Properties Protection Act is a major obstacle to carrying out this project, since many cultural heritages are buried in these areas. Also, the area has attracted much attention because of the many big projects that have been announced for Jungdo, which have subsequently made no real progress.
He added, “In order to prevent the project from falling in to insolvency, we are considering making it a priority to invest first in the core facilities of the theme park. If this project goes well, Chuncheon will become a world-class tourist attraction.”
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