INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA-Gale International has broken ground on a $315-million cultural center here that is part of the massive mixed-use Songdo International Business District that is currently under construction. The 603,000-sf project will include a 1,800-seat concert hall, a 1,400-seat opera house, museums and other facilities.

The developer is scheduling a 2012 completion for the center when it will be put under the City of Incheon’s control. It is part of the 1.2-million-sf IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) Arts Center, which will house condos, retail space, hotels and a medical center.

Last month Gale and partner Posco E&C completed the first structure at Songdo, the 300,000-sf first phase of the ConvensiA Convention Center. Like the Cultural Center, it will be handed over to the City of Incheon after completion.

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