Gyeong-In Waterway opening ceremony on May 25, 2012

South Korea will soon be celebrating completion of the 19km long Gyeong-In Waterway from the river Han west of the capital Seoul to the Western Sea just north of the port of Incheon. The canal has been in operation for nearly a year, but we have just heard that the official opening ceremony and related events have been programmed for Friday May 25.

Artist’s aerial view of the link from the River Han to the Western Sea

The canal is 80m wide and has a navigable draught of 6.20m, sufficient for container ships carrying 250 TEU. This is a multi-purpose project, which will also provide flood relief in the river Gulpo catchment area, as shown by the diagram.

The canal provides an important flood relief function as well as navigationArtist's impression of the completed waterway

These images are part of a detailed presentation of the waterway by Korea Water.