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South Korea opens contest for £145m horse theme park

South Korea horse park contest
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The Korea Racing Authority has launched an open international competition for a £145 million horse theme park and racecourse in Yeongcheon, South Korea

The project aims to create a ‘one-of-a-kind’ attraction where visitors can relax in the company of horses and enjoy local history and culture.

The ‘LetsRun Park Yeongcheon’ facility will be constructed on an undeveloped 1,474,883m² site to the west of the city.

According to the brief: ‘LetsRun Park Yeongcheon will be a horse-themed racetrack and theme park, setting it apart from other theme parks and pre-existing racetracks in Korea.

‘Its goal and purpose is to improve the overall image of horse racing and contribute to the horse industry, become a tourist destination and attraction that enriches the local economy, and by earning a profit, provide an exemplary model for theme park development.’

The country’s existing racecourses currently lack facilities for leisure visitors such as tourists and young people because most spectators are gamblers.

The brief continued: ‘In Korea horse racing is perceived not as a leisure activity but as a subsection of the gambling industry and a renewal and upheaval of facilities as well as the image of the horse racing industry is greatly needed.’

The winner – set to be announced in February – will take home the design contract and a £22,000 second place prize and £11,000 third place prize are also available.

The deadline for registration is 23 December.

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