Tuesday, November 27, 2007

[Korea.net News, Science / Tech, November 13 2007] Korea to build robot theme parks

Korea will build two robot theme parks, the first of their kind in the world, as part of efforts to boost the competitiveness of the local robot industry, the government said Tuesday (Nov. 13).

The robot theme parks will be built in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, and Masan, a port city on the south coast, at the combined cost of 1.48 trillion won ($1.61 billion), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said.

Construction will begin in 2009 for completion by 2013, and the government will provide 50 billion won to each city, it said.

"The two cities will be developed as meccas for the country's robot industry, while having amusement park areas, exhibition halls and stadiums where robots can compete in various events," the ministry said.

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