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S. Korea to open its largest cruise terminal in Incheon next week

All Headlines 15:30 April 17, 2019

INCHEON, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will open its largest cruise terminal in the city of Incheon on the west coast next week, the operator of the terminal said Wednesday.

The launch on April 26 of the two-story terminal with a space of 7,364 square meters in the city's international business district of Songdo, west of Seoul, comes after its construction was completed in December last year.

The Incheon Port Authority poured 28 billion won (around US$24.66 million) into the construction of the terminal that has a 430-meter-long berth with a capacity to handle the world's largest 225,000-ton cruise ship.

The facility is the largest cruise terminal in the country, followed by terminals in the southeastern port city of Busan, the port cities of Seogwipo and Jeju on South Korea's largest island of Jeju and Sokcho on the east coast.

The terminal operator will hold a ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on the day to celebrate its launch and the first sailing from it by the Costa Serena cruise ship. The ship, which carries 2,800 passengers and 1,100 crew members, is scheduled to leave the port on a six-day voyage for the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka before returning to Busan.

The ceremony will be followed by a performance by K-pop stars, including singers Geomi and Hong Jin-young, and a 40-minute nighttime fireworks show.

This photo, taken on Dec. 18, 2018, shows a new cruise-only terminal and port in Inchon's Songdo International City district. (Yonhap)

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