INCHEON, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – With temperatures plunging below minus 10 degrees Celsius, the waters around Songdo Central Park have frozen.
The channels surrounding the international city in Songdo , which are among the most iconic tourist spots in the region, have been completely frozen, according to aerial photos provided by the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZA).
Temperatures in Incheon dropped to minus 12.8 degrees Celsius over the weekend, and have stayed on a similar level early this week.
A high of minus 7 degrees Celsius was recorded during the day on Monday, sending signs that the cold will continue for some time.
“Plans to clean the channels in the Central Park have been thwarted (due to the cold weather). We are speeding up the environment improvement projects to make sure water taxis can run again from March,” an official from the IFEZA said.
The water taxis, which connect passengers with main attractions in the international city such as Tribowl, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower, and G-Tower, have stopped operating due to continuing frigid weather that saw temperatures across South Korea plunge below zero degrees and the weather agency issue frequent cold weather warnings.
The Songdo International Business District, which is 400,000 square meters in area, was built in 2009 by the National Information Resources Service at a cost of around 200 billion won.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)