Robot theme park to break ground
South Korea, which considers robotics to be one of its key growth industries, plans to spend $1.06 billion to build two industrial theme parks - the first in Incheon, a port city west of Seoul, and the other in Masan, a southern industrial city. The parks will include exhibition halls, education and corporate facilities, and R&D centers, as well as amusement rides and stadiums for various robot competitions.
Construction of the first park is expected to begin later this year, and may be partially open to the public as early as 2012. Ultimately, South Korea expects that the parks could help provide a significant boost to the economy and create as many as 18,000 jobs.
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