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|Korea's Logistics and Information
Hub for the 21st Century
Incheon is Korea's second largest port and fourth largest city with a population of 2.5 million people.
Situated on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, Incheon is best known to history as the place from which General Douglas MacArthur launched the counterattack that changed the course of the Korean War. However, Incheon has historically been a much more peaceable gateway to Korea.
The city's proximity to China has always guaranteed Incheon's status as one of Korea's most important trading hubs. The strength of Incheon's relationship with Korea's much larger neighbour can be still be seen today - Incheon is home to the largest Chinatown in Korea.
Incheon's strength as a strategic port was recognised by the western powers in 19th Century, when repeated delegations arrived from the United States, Great Britain and France demanding that it be opened to foreign trade. Today, Incheon is not only open to foreign trade - it is probably the most important logistics centre in Korea.
Incheon became the official international gateway to Korea on March 29, 2001, when the brand new, Incheon International Airport opened. This state of the art transportation facility is already the world's second largest air cargo hub and aspires to become the transportation hub for the whole of Northeast Asia. It faces stiff competition from neighbouring airports. However, with more than 40 cities with populations of one million or more within three hours flying time of Incheon, the city may soon rise to be one of the most prominent logistics hubs in the world.
Incheon has an even greater importance to Korean football. In 1882, children from Incheon began imitating the crew of the British warship H.M.S. Flying Fish, who were amusing themselves by kicking a leather ball around near the ship. The sailors were so taken with the people of Incheon that they left a couple of footballs behind when they departed, making Incheon the place at which modern football was introduced to Korea.
|INCHEON MUNHAK WORLD CUP STADIUM|
|The design of the Incheon stadium recalls the sailboats
thatvsymbolise Incheon's historical role as Korea's
leading maritime gateway.
Name: Incheon Munhak Stadium
Open: December 2 2001
Cost: W326.6 billion
Total Capacity: 50,256
Under cover: 49,256
VIP seats: 352
VIP Boxes: 61 ( 230 seats)
Disabled seats: 306
|Pitch Size: 110m x 71m
Spectator Parking: 4,559
Distances to Stadium
From city centre: 2 km
From Incheon International Airport: 40 km
From Gimpo Airport: 30 km
From subway station: 500 m
Press seats: 212
Seats with desk and telephone: 400
Space for commentators: 297
Space for photographers: 100
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