Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Crystal Lagoons enters partnership to develop 30 public access lagoons in Korea

Crystal Lagoons enters partnership to develop 30 public access lagoons in Korea
December 30, 2019

Crystal Lagoons has revealed an agreement that will see it develop 30 public access lagoons across South Korea.

The multinational developer of landmark mega lagoons will be built at key tourism and urban development locations across South Korea and are each anticipated to attract average visitation from one million guests a year.

The developments, to be created and patented by the Chile-based multinational water innovation company, will be built in partnership with NexPlan.

The first project in Korea will be located in Songdo International City, on public land granted under concession. It will include a 2.7 hectare crystalline lagoon surrounded by restaurants, retail stores and an entertainment arena.

Announcing the development partnership, Crystal Lagoons Executive Director, Cristián Lehuedé stated “public access lagoons transform any location into the most entertaining spot in the city, and add significant value to urban environments, creating beach life on people's doorstep.

“Attractive amenities (that can) surround these monumental crystalline bodies of water, which can be accessed via ticketed entry, (can include) restaurants, beach clubs, retail stores and amphitheatres as well as entertainment and cultural activities, for hosting concerts, shows and film screenings.”

Describing public access lagoons as the “meeting spot of the 21st century”, Lehuedé advised that with shopping malls “one of the main forms of entertainment for Koreans”, public access lagoons “will offer locals a new experience, allowing them to change their lifestyle.

“This is part of a growing, worldwide trend in which malls are being reconverted into open spaces and the need to offer new functional alternatives and experiences, such as these lagoons.”

According to Lehuedé the allure of lagoons “lies in that they are used by large numbers of people.

“Furthermore, they allow for a rapid return on investment, since they have low construction and maintenance costs.”

Crystal Lagoons already has 200 mega lagoon projects in different stages of negotiation, construction and operation in Thailand, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Indonesia, Dubai, South Africa, Australia and Chile.”

Images courtesy of Crystal Lagoons.

Related Articles

3rd October 2019 - New Indonesian glamping resort becomes Crystal Lagoons first south east Asian installation

8th May 2019 - Construction commences on South Korean Wavegarden Cove attraction

7th February 2019 - World’s largest surfing lagoon to be built in South Korea

22nd January 2019 - South Korea’s first dedicated K-pop arena to be developed in Seoul

12th October 2018 - Live Nation enters partnership to develop integrated resort in South Korea

26th March 2018 - Massive new integrated resort gets official opening on Korea’s Jeju Island

18th February 2018 - Korea looks to build legacy off Winter Olympics success

3rd October 2017 - Michael Phelps announced as Crystal Lagoons Global Ambassador

12th May 2017 - Skyline Enterprises announces second Luge development in South Korea

10th February 2017 - China halts Korean theme park amid missile row

11th January 2017 - Crystal Lagoons targets developments in Qatar’s multi billion tourism industry

6th July 2016 - Tropical North Queensland to get Australia’s first man-made Crystal Lagoon

10th November 2015 - South Korean theme park to welcome Giant Panda pair

10th November 2015 - Crystal Lagoons’ Dubai project set to transform the UAE leisure landscape

4th August 2015 - Korea tourism looks to recover from MERS slump

22nd January 2015 - South Korea to approve more casinos to boost tourism

20th January 2015 - Crystal Lagoons develop giant desert Oases

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Jonas Leisure

JonasLeisure offers a complete range of leading leisure and recreation software brands – envibe, Centaman, Gladstone Health & Leisure, The Retention People, Nutrition Complete and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues


WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks



As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  19th July 2018 - ENTA AUSTRALASIA REBRANDS AS VIVATICKET 17th October 2016…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues


Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more



Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing



PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business