South Korea Is Finally Getting A Robot Theme Park

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South Korea Is Finally Getting A Robot Theme Park

Disneyland? Meh. Universal Studios? Been there, done that. Robot Land? Now, we’re talking.

For years now, there has been talk in South Korea about a robot theme park. Construction was supposed to start in 2009, but it never happened. (Heck, several years ago, I spent some time in South Korea talking to researchers about it for a magazine article.) There was a website and lots of talk, but construction never started. Until now.

Recently, the park held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction. That means Robot Land is really happening. Or rather, building Robot Land is really happening! Above, you can see an image from the ceremony.

Located in Incheon, Robot Land will have exhibitions and rides, a waterpark, a shopping area, an R&D centre, a post-grad robotics school, and a robotics institute. Sprawling 8.1 million square feet, there will be a “Robot Kingdom”, a “Robot City” and a “Kidbot Village”. It’s supposed to look something like this:

Robot Land will cost $US700 million to complete and is slated to open between 2015 and 2016. Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Robot Land won’t be either.

인천로봇랜드 착공식 열려 [Korea [email protected] — Thanks Sang!]

Photos: Robot Land

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    • it *is* a robot park after all. The most obvious explanation is that a large portion of the park transforms into a carpark at night.

      On a more serious note, it seems to me that the day view is just zoomed in quite closely. You can possibly see bits of it in the night view.

      • Oh, I see it now!
        You have to turn the day view about 135 deg. counter-clockwise and it fits in the top-right of the night view (not including the ocean).

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