Robot parks, a world first
Sites at Incheon, Masan to include R&D, education centers
More than four years after the first Korean humanoid, Hubo, was developed, the Korean government is taking the robotic industry a step up.
It announced plans for two robot theme parks, which would be the first of their kind in the world.
The Ministry of Knowledge Economy said yesterday that the theme park, Robot Land, will be built in Incheon and Masan, South Gyeongsang. The ministry and the Incheon government will be holding a joint ceremony on the development of the theme park later today at the Songdo Convensia.
The Incheon’s theme park is to be set up on a 767,286 square-meter area in Cheongra District in the Incheon Free Economic Zone. Incheon Robot Land is scheduled to break ground later this year and to be completed in 2014. Part of the theme park will be available to the public by 2012.
The ministry said 784.5 billion won ($558.6 million) will be invested in the theme park. The central and local government will input 104 billion won. The remaining 680.5 billion won will be found in the private sector.
The theme park will not only comprise research and development, exhibition and education centers, but also amusement attractions such as a water park. The details of the Masan project haven’t been revealed yet, as its location is still undecided. The government, however, said the location will be identified within this year. The ministry said it expects the parks to generate 2.8 trillion won and create more than 18,000 jobs, which is why the government considers the robot industry a top priority.
The ministry said Robot Land will lay the foundation for a more competitive robotic industry.
By Lee Ho-jeong Staff Reporter [firstname.lastname@example.org]