World’s largest artificial wave pool opened in S. Korea

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In Siheung earlier this week, the world’s largest artificial wave pool was opened to the public at a water park to offer various water sports activities to its visitors. Constructed on 166,000 square meters of land with a budget of US$486 million, the park consists of the world’s largest artificial wave pool for surfing, facilities for enjoying various other water sports activities, such as canoeing and scuba diving, according to its operator. Wave Park, an urban park for water sports created on an artificial island named Geobuk in the city 25 kilometers southwest of Seoul started welcoming visitors Thursday.

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The wave pool, 220 meters long and 240 meters wide, can produce waves of up to 2.4 meters every 8 seconds and accommodate a maximum of 150 surfers per hour, it said. Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, however, only the artificial wave pool will accept visitors for the time being. Those who wish to visit should make reservations at the website as the park will admit a limited number of people to keep social distance among visitors, the operator said. The park is part of a massive ocean leisure complex currently under construction by the Siheung city government, Gyeonggi provincial government, Korea Water Resources Corp., and Daewon Plus Construction Co.

The rest of the complex, including an eco science park and a street of shops, is set to be completed by the end of 2025, according to the related authorities. The Spanish developer is building “the Cove” as part of a US$2.4 bn waterside development planned for reclaimed land by developer Daewon Plus Construction, one of Korea’s largest real estate and theme park developers. The lagoon will be the centerpiece of island and will be surrounded by hotels, convention centers, and marinas.