Authorities in Seoul have announced that the first phase of a huge floating island in the Han River will be officially opened this Saturday (21 May). The island is thought to be the largest artificial floating island in the world, and the first to be equipped with a convention centre.
The huge 20,382-square metre development, which comprises three separate islets, is currently under construction near the Korean capital’s Banpo Hangang Park. It is scheduled for full completion in September this year. The complex has been developed under three key themes – exhibition and convention, culture, and aquatic-leisure. Islet 1, the biggest of the three islets, is three stories high and measures 10,845 square metres. It includes a 700-seat convention hall. Islet 2 is three stories high and measures 5,373 square metres, and will focus on cultural events. Islet 3, two stories high, measures 4,164 square metres area and will offer aquatic sports, such as yachting.
The project is reported to have cost a total of KRW96.4 billion (US$88 million).
“We hope that Floating Island will contribute to raising the brand value of Seoul as one of the city’s key landmarks,” said Gyoung Gee Liu, Assistant Mayor for Hangang Project Headquarters.