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LEGOLAND opens in Chuncheon city in time for Children's Day Updated: 2022-05-03 13:51:23 KST

Just in time for the spring, the highly anticipated global amusement park has finally been built.
The tenth of its kind in the world and first global theme park in the country, LEGOLAND Korea officially opens on Children's Day.
It has over 40 rides in seven zones, covering an area of two-hundred-80-thousand square meters.
Visitors during the trial opening period were excited to bring their kids to the theme park.

"My kid loves LEGO. He has been staying indoors, but is now playing outside and also seeing LEGO on a much bigger size. He is very excited and I am very satisfied."

The head of the resort says the theme park is a different experience compared to other resorts around the world as it is situated on an island.

"LEGOLAND Korea Resort is a truly phenomenal destination. It is the first time that we are truly built on the island here in Gangwon Province in Chuncheon, we are very excited to be surrounded by water and mountains. To me, my favorite ride is the observation tower so the LEGOLAND lookout, you can see whole region of the mountains, the waters surrounding the island, it is absolutely beautiful."

Another unique feature is the MINILAND at the heart of the park, where visitors can see Korean landmarks made out of LEGO.

"Here at MINILAND, eight major South Korean landmarks, including Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Assembly have been reproduced with LEGO bricks. Around one-hundred lego masters took three months to make these, using over seven million bricks."

With the global amusement park now in town, Chuncheon residents are anticipating a boost to regional tourism and the economy.
Currently LEGOLAND Korea is expecting two-million visitors a year, and could bring around nine-thousand new jobs and four-hundred-65-million U.S. dollars to the economy per year.
Yet an expert says efforts should be made to make sure it properly boosts the regional economy.

"Disneyland in Hong Kong is on the outskirts of town. The city prepared travel packages for people to visit both the downtown and the amusement park through a well-developed traffic system.
Chuncheon city too needs to think about such matters. Recently, the traveling trend is to go to a site where one can enjoy its regional locality. Chuncheon has lots of such sites including Nami Island and Myeong-dong Dakgalbi Alley so the city should connect such sites."

Residents are hoping LEGOLAND Korea could contribute to the local economy while giving kids a wonderful time.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News, Chuncheon.
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