International Competition for Horse Park in Yeongcheon

The Korea Racing Authority (KRA), the client, wishes to construct “LetsRun Park Yeongcheon”, a theme park incorporating a racetrack in Yeongcheon. Gyeongsangbuk-do Province that will hopefully become a local attraction at which people of all ages can come to enjoy nature and have fun.

The contest is project competition type, compliant with UNESCO-UIA regulation, and a collaboration between UIA and the client Korean Racing Authority (KRA)

Keywords : Sports, Tourism, Urban Landscape

Theme and objectives

Its goal and purpose is to improve the overall image of horse racing and contribute to the horse industry, become a tourist destination and attraction that enriches the local economy, and by earning a profit, provide an exemplary model for theme park development.

Entrants should visit the web site where they can register, pay the fee, post questions read answers, download materials and submit their works. The park will be a horse-themed racetrack and theme park, setting it apart from other theme parks and pre-existing racetracks in Korea.

Key criteria

Entrants are encouraged to incorporate this into the design of the Horse Park:

  • The development concept of the theme park is “Unplugged Horse Park”, which utilizes the KRA’s identity, the horse:
  1. A nature-friendly theme park with horse and man in harmony
  2. A park where one can experience a new world unlike everyday life
  3. A park with people from all over the world can visit to merge with local culture
  • Design a theme park about horses that provides a consistent story and blends horses, nature, and the local history and culture.
  • Design the racetrack to be one of the theme park’s various attractions, setting it apart from other racetracks in Korea.
  • The theme park should be able to operate on profit from the theme park alone, not including profits from the races. Design the theme park so that profit and public interest are complementary.
  • Design unique and creative contents to make this a one-of-kind global theme park about horses.

Jury Members

The international jury consisted of seven members representing architects, landscape architects and professionals from theme parks and marketing.

  • Stefan Rotzier, Architect and UIA representative, SWITZERLAND.
  • Peter Mould, Architecte and UIA representative, AUSTRALIA.
  • Michael Dellis, Partner at PWP Landscape Architecture, USA. 
  • Chris Johnson, Regional principal at Gensler UK, UNITED KINGDOM.
  • Jong-Ruhl Hanh, Chair of the Korean Institute of Architects, SOUTH KOREA.


This competition was an open international competition for all professionals in architecture, theme park design, landscape design, tourism, marketing or other fields.

In a case of joint application, a team could have up to five members.

The team had to include or be headed at least by one licensed architect whose licence was current and valid at the time of registration. A copy of their licence had to be provided with their submission documents.


Competition closed. Results announced on January 2016.