South Korea opens its largest cruise terminal in Songdo, an international business district built on reclaimed land in the eastern port city of Incheon.
The new terminal is the first in Seoul’s metropolitan area and will be able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ship with a capacity of 225,000 tons.
The Incheon Port Authority spent 28 billion won (US$23,657,620) to build the two-story terminal with 7,364 square meters has a 430-meter-long berth.
The terminal has two floors and features a gangway that connects the main deck of cruise ships directly to the terminal, as well as 12 immigration checkpoints.
“With the opening of the terminal exclusive for cruises, the port of Incheon has taken a leap forward as a cruise tourism base in Northeast Asia and as a gateway to marine transportation,” says Nam Bong-hyun, head of Incheon Port Authority.
The Incheon International Cruise Terminal is part of a plan to develop an international tourism complex. The joint effort by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries and Incheon Port Authority began in 2011 to attract foreign tourists mainly from China.
South Korea currently operates four cruise terminals, including one in the southeastern port city of Busan, one in Sokcho and two on the southern resort island of Jeju.
The Busan has a cruise terminal can accommodate 220,000-ton ships, while terminals at the southern island of Jeju and Sokcho in northeastern Gangwon Province can handle smaller cruise ships.
Watch the video to see the inside of the cruise terminal.
Source: Arirang News