Yeongjongdo redevelopment proposals
The Korean government has ambitious plans for developing Youngjongdo where I live. Here are my proposals for how I would develop the island. I hope someone from the Incheon government is reading this and will take these proposals seriously,
Expand the Maglev all around the Island and link it to Incheon, Gangwhado, Muido, Jangbongdo islands
expand the Maglev
First dust off the plan for extending the maglev train around the island ensuring that the maglev train connects sky city, Midan, Youngjong Unseo stations Cheonga international city, Geoman, and new KTX station being built in Gyeyang station, and ensure that the maglev links the new city casinos the waterfront development, the pier to WolmiDo, the Pier to Change island, and the beaches and to Muido. extend the Maglev to Songdo, and link it to the abandoned Asian games Maglev and extend it to Incheon station which would be the terminus.
Build a cross island Maglev train connecting Jangbongdo, World Peace Forrest, Unseo station, Youngjong station, Midan, Casino complex, Sky City, a water park, and Wolmido where it would connect with the other Maglev line.
Build Bridges with Maglev trains on them to Jangbongdo, and Ganghwa Islands
Build bridges to Jangbongdo island, Wolmido, and Ganghwa Island, and have the maglev train and subway trains run on the bridge. The terminus for the Maglev would be Incheon Station, Jangbongdo station, Ganghwa city station, and Gyeyang stations.
Finish building a bridge/maglev train to Jangbongdo Island and to Ganghwa island with the terminus of the maglev being Ganghwa city. the Maglev would connect to the gold line extension to Ganghwa island. stop the policy of stopping some ARX trains at Geoman station, all trains should go to the terminus which will be Muido.
Install mandatory solar power, solar water heaters, rooftop gardens, mini-wind turbines and water Harvesting systems on all buildings five story tall or taller
Second provide a tax incentive to property owners to install solar water heating Solar power panels, rooftop gardens and trees and water harvesting systems for all buildings over five stories. Installation of such systems would be mandatory for buildings taller than five stories, strongly encourages for all other buildings. I would feed all excess into the power grid and most buildings should be self-sufficient water. The garden products would be given to residents as a perk of living in the building. I would also add mini-wind turbines on the top of call buildings. The incentive would be offered to all property owners but only mandatory four buildings over five stories. This would be a pilot project, if successful, they would roll it out nationwide starting in Incheon, and Seoul. Putting solar panels, solar water heaters, rooftop gardens and trees, mini wind turbines and water harvesting systems on top of all top buildings is something that is long overdue.
Redevelop World Peace Forrest, turn old salt mines and Quarries into parks
Redevelop the world peace Park and promote it, running free shuttles from the Airport and local subway stops and Maglev stops with a Maglev stop near the lake. This would involve constructing a stream connecting the lake and the Lotus pond stocking the lake and the stream with fish, building a fishing pier in the lake for fishing and a restaurant/Snack bar big shop at the lake which would cook up any fish people caught. Allow swimming at the lake. Run free shuttle buses from subway stations and the airport and put a maglev train stop near one entrance to the park near the lake. Promote spending time at the World Peace Forrest parks for international visitors who have long overlays. Build a stream park from the World Peace Forest Park to the airport as an extension of the world peace forest. Stock the stream with fish. and extend it to the beaches.
Turn the old abandoned salt mines and quarries into a park, and stock the lake with fish, and build a restaurant/snack bar and bait shop at the lake. allow swimming at the lake.
Connect the scream park by the cultural center to the steam park to the airport and to the world peace force, extend the stream park all the way to the Wolmido pier through Sky City., Extend the stream park past the airport to the beaches. creating a walking trail between the beaches and the world peace forest and Paekdusan mountain, and to the Wolmido pier via Sky City stream Extend the free shuttle from the airport and subway stops to the new Parks which should also have maglev Subway stop on them. Build walking trails in Kumsan mountains and link the other mountains together in an integrated walking trail.
build island wide walking trails
Build a walking bike trail all around the coast of the island as well with links to the World Peace Parks, the Quarry park, the salt lake park, and the mountain parks. Build a walking trail linking the mountains on Muido to the other trail. add a link to the Jangbongdo island trails once the bridge is connected.. Build a network of trails on Ganghwado including a coastal trail and like them to the Yeongjongdo trail network. Build restaurants and bike rental shops along the walking trails,
build regional fish market at wolmido Pier
Rebuild the fish market at the Wolmido pier into a regional fish market destination and include a farmers’ market with locally grown produce. add restaurants and a night market.
More badminton and Tennis courts
Build a badminton court and tennis courts at the park by the library I’m in the new Parks including at the piece of world peace parts
turn Jangbongdo into Korean equivalent of the Hamptons
Turn Jangbongdo island into the Korean equivalent of the Hampton Islands as a weekend and summer vacation Second home for the upper middle class and business expat communities and offer land for diplomatic retreat housing as well.
Allow Koreans to Gamble at least once a week
Allow Koreans to gamble at the Paradise and the new casinos, perhaps limiting entry to one 24 period per week to minimize damage
These casinos will not make it if they are foreigner only.
Enactment of these proposals would go a long way to making Yeongjongdo into one of the nicest places in Korea to live and work.