There is so much that Incheon wants to offer but it seems likethere is just not enough space. This is precisely the basis for the creation and development of the Songdo International City, a city built on reclaimed land along Incheon’s waterfront that offers Incheon residents more than they could have ever imagined.
Songdo International City is a global business center that is being developed on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land. This new city is deemed to be connected to the Incheon International Airport by a 12.3 kilometer long highway called the Incheon Bridge.
Korea has big plans for this new city, one of which is the construction of the Incheon Towers, which may officially become the world’s tallest towers. In addition, state-of-the-art schools, office buildings, hospitals and cultural amenities are planned to be built within the city too. Not to be outdone by some of the most famous architectural hallmarks around the world, Incheon plans to adapt the same famous landmarks such as the Central Park of New York and the canals of Venice to the city.
Hotels are also bound to open in the new city with Sheraton being the first one. Sheraton has plans to open a top-of-the-line 319-bedroom hotel within the city. Currently, golfing legend Jack Nicklaus is overseeing the construction of the city’s 18-hole, 7,300 yard championship golf course. Plus, the U.S. multinational technological firm Cisco Systems as has already signed a multi-billion dollar contract to provide network technologies to the new city. The 65-floor Northeast Asia Trade Tower will also be the country’s second tallest building when it is finally completed in the next few years.
The city provides all the basics people need in life only in an extravagant form evident in its international school that has an area of over 70,000 square feet. Affiliated with the prestigious Milton Academy of the U.S, the international school has top-of-the-line facilities that can rival universities that are globally renowned. In addition, the $155 million Convention Center was one of the first to be completed and opened in the city. To be further world-renowned, the city plans to have English as the metropolis’s official lingua franca.
The Songdo International City is a 10-year development plan that has an estimated cost of about $40 billion. It then is believed to be one of the most expensive development projects that have ever been undertaken anywhere on the world. The project further aspires to make South Korea a business hub of Asia.
Upon its completion in 2015, the new city will be able to test for new technoliques as the city itself will exemplify a digital way of life. Songdo Intentional City will then be one of the world’s first cities where all information systems will be linked including residential, medical and business. The new Songdo International City will then be a free economic zone of more than 90,000 apartments, 50,000 million square feet of office space and over 10 million square feet of retail. It will definitely be a first for the whole world to see, making it one of the main attractions of Incheon.