The city of Seoul unveils plans for a “floating” swimming pool and an artistic pier

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Just two weeks after announcing plans to build the world’s largest silent “Ferris” wheel, the Seoul city government plans to build “floating” urban swimming areas along the Han River, in the South Korean capital.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced plans to create an artistic pier and public pool for Ichonhan River Park, in southwest Seoul, near the National Museum of Korea.

According to a government statement, the area of ​​the facility is 5,000 square metres.

Alongside the pool, there will be an “artistic pier”, with space for performances, a concert hall, a sunset observatory and docking space for boats.

The mayor expressed his hope that the area will become a destination for water sports, such as canoeing and water skiing, as well as organizing art exhibitions and live concerts.

The project is scheduled to open in 2026. Its cost is estimated at about $30 million, noting that there is currently no architect for the project.

The mayor revealed the scheme during a visit to the Copenhagen Public Port, which he cited as the inspiration for the upcoming Seoul waterfront project.

A conceptual image of a floating pool along the Han River, in Seoul.
Credit: Seoul City Government

The capital of Denmark is one of the best cities in the world for swimming.

Denmark’s first floating public pool, Havnebadet Islands Brygge, opened in 2003 and now attracts hundreds of thousands of swimmers annually.

And it wasn’t just Copenhagen’s floating pools that caught the mayor’s eye.

He also visited Urban Rigger, a “mini-area” designed by Bjarke Ingels’ group of floating buildings in the port of Copenhagen, which is used as student accommodation.

However, it was not disclosed if Seoul is looking to sell some of its own floating housing.

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