Kangwon Land Casino is Korea’s first ever casino to allow the admission of Koreans. It was established under the ‘Special law regarding support for the development of abandoned mine areas,’ which was passed in 1995 with the purpose of resuscitating the economy of such abandoned mine areas. Gangwon Land is a hotel resort with 199 rooms at present, priding over its superior casino facilities with 960 slot machines and 100 tables. Gangwon Land Casino has skilled dealers and serves free beverages to players.
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The South Korean government is moving forward with a plan to extend state-backed casino resort Kangwon Land operating license for a further twenty years to 2045.
Kangwon Land has let it be known that it will be publishing a 360-page white paper outlining its response to the Covid-19 pandemic with an eye to providing lessons learned in a crisis situation.
The two big state-run gambling firms, Kangwon Land and Grand Korea Leisure, have just taken divergent paths on the Covid-19 crisis.
In 2020, Kangwon Land under its own KL Saberi brand designed and manufactured 100 machines for the Kangwon Land Casino.
Kangwon Land on Tuesday installed about a hundred new slot machines on its gaming floor from its own brand manufacturer, KL Saberi, including nine new titles.
An employee tasked with snow removal at Kangwon Land’s High1 ski resort has been confirmed positive with a Covid-19 infection. It is not believed that the employee had any interaction with visitors.
South Korea has lost control of its Covid-19 pandemic as never before, and this is triggering additional delays in casino reopenings.
The long periods of business suspension and other restrictions on Kangwon Land related to the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing the firm into unaccustomed losses this year, is creating an even bigger financial crisis for its largest shareholder, the Mine Reclamation Corporation (Mireco).
Asia Gaming Brief's latest "By the Numb3rs" infographic explores just how South Korea's three largest casino operators have fared during 2020 amid a pandemic that continues to linger around the world.
The latest wave of pandemic-induced casino closures has made its way from Seoul to Gangwon Province, forcing yet another business suspension upon Kangwon Land, the nation’s only casino that serves local patrons.
It is not only its casino floor that has been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also Kangwon Land’s diversification effort to build and sell its own brand of slot machines, KL Saberi, that is facing difficulties.
It’s one step backward and one step forward for South Korea’s gaming industry this week or, in another framing, bad news in the north and good news in the south.
Kangwon Land invited a limited number of guests to an exhibition of its own slot machine manufacturing brand KL Saberi. At the event there were 22 slot machines on display representing nine different games.
While the green shoots of recovery are still far from becoming a forest, the raft of earnings reports from Asia’s operators on Tuesday all gave grounds for optimism that recovery is taking root.
Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea open to locals, said its sales in Q3 rose 121% from the prior quarter and its loss narrowed, though both metrics were in sharp deterioration compared with the prior year.
South Korea's economy returned to growth in the third quarter, expanding by 1.9 percent, in the fastest expansion since the first quarter of 2010, according to figures released by the Bank of Korea.
The revenues of local governments in South Korea are being heavily impacted by the long-term suspension of operations at Kangwon Land, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a running dispute over the calculation of how much money the resort is obligated to pay to the abandoned mine fund.
Accusations have been aired in the National Assembly that certain companies are unfairly being given contracts to supply Kangwon Land casino equipment.
Kangwon Land’s degree of commitment to identifying and eliminating problem gambling at its facility has been questioned after it is revealed that only 82 patients have been treated over a five year period, in spite of a significant annual budget for this task.
Kangwon Land has announced it has reopened its casino to visitors, operating at a limited capacity.
Kangwon Land, which has suffered long periods of closure under the impact of the Covid-19 impact, is now estimating that its casino revenues for 2020 will come in at about KRW498 billion (US$430 million), representing a 67 percent fall from the previous year. In 2019, Kangwon Land’s gaming segment represented 88 percent of the firm’s […]
Grand Korea Leisure and Kangwon Land, both of them government operated enterprises, have entered into an agreement on the limited exchange of personnel as part of the government’s strategy to cultivate its human resources. The agreement will launch from a modest level, with only one employee from each organization being dispatched to the other for […]
Kangwon Land outperformed South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos in 2019, with turnover rising 5.8 percent compared with a drop of 10.9 percent for 16 other properties.
Paradise City in Incheon and Kangwon Land in Gangwon Province have separately announced that they are extending closures of their casino business due to the spread of Covid-19 infection in South Korea. Since the beginning of September, a total of six Covid-19 infections have been discovered at Paradise City, complicating the firm’s efforts to reboot […]
A resurgence in the number of new Covid-19 cases in South Korea has convinced state-run operator Kangwon Land to once again suspend its operations as a public health measure. The closure commenced on Sunday at 10 am and will continue for an undetermined period of time. Among the big three casino operators on the Korean […]
All three of the major South Korean casino operators booked substantial financial losses in the April-June period as a result of Covid-19. Kangwon Land, which operates the only casino in the nation at which locals may gamble, but which had a very long business suspension period, recorded sales of only 34.6 billion won (US$29.1 million), […]
The Covid-19 pandemic may be a trigger for South Korea to rethink its foreigner-only casino policy, as the country’s casinos struggle with a lack of tourism revenue.
Local financial analysts in South Korea estimate that the Covid-19 closure of the Kangwon Land casino, now nearing five months in length, is costing the company about KRW3.7 billion (US$3.1 million) per day in lost sales. The total sales loss is estimated to amount to over 550 billion won (US$460 million). Casino operations at Kangwon […]
With its latest one-week delay of reopening until July 20, Kangwon Land now nears five consecutive months of business suspension over Covid-19 fears. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23. Kangwon Land’s extended closure is said to be creating a profound negative impact on the local business environment, as it is located […]
The executives of Kangwon Land have once again opted to push back the reopening of Kangwon Land for another week, this time targeting July 13 for a return to business. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23. The company executives remain concerned about the spread of the coronavirus within South Korea, where […]
At an emergency meeting on Thursday, executives of Kangwon Land decided that the reopening of the facility would be pushed back another week until July 6. Executives judged that the risks of a new Covid-19 outbreak remains unacceptably high. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23, and in recent months many reopening […]
Although it was expected to reopen on Monday, Kangwon Land executives held a meeting and once again decided to delay for another week, with the latest word being a plan to open on June 29. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23, and in recent months many reopening dates have been announced, […]
As it has done multiple times before, Kangwon Land held an emergency meeting and decided to hold off on opening its facilities for another week. The new plan calls for reopening on June 22. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23. The company executives remain concerned about the spread of the coronavirus […]
Kangwon Land has once again delayed its reopening plans due to lingering Covid-19 infection concerns, this time delaying the scheduled June 4 reopening to June 15. Since operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23, the period of the closure was repeatedly extended on a more-or-less weekly basis. The latest decision for delay […]
Although Kangwon Land was set for a limited reopening this week, a sudden surge of new Covid-19 cases in South Korea induced the firm to announce yet another delay, this time until June 4. The decision was made after an emergency meeting of company executives. After appearing to have largely contained Covid-19 in the country, […]
Kangwon Land has announced that its casino facilities will reopen this Thursday, May 28, as one of South Korea’s major brick-and-mortar gaming companies cautiously returns to operations. A maximum of 1,200 customers will be allowed to enter the casino on a daily basis, which is only about 17 percent of pre-pandemic levels. This is deemed […]
Kangwon Land has reported a sharp KRW156.2 billion (US$129 million) loss in 20Q1, driven by the global Covid-19 crisis. Sales fell 37.5 percent to KRW263.6 billion. Operations at Kangwon Land were suspended on February 23, and the period of the closure was repeatedly extended until this week in line with continuing concerns about the spread […]
Kangwon Land, South Korea’s only casino open to the local people, has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 closure yet again, this time for a further week until May 11 at 6 am. The decision was made at a meeting held at the company headquarters on April 29. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally […]
Kangwon Land CEO Moon Tae-Gon participated on Tuesday in the “Flower Bucket Challenge,” an initiative aimed at supporting local flower farmers during the Covid-19 downturn. As his part in the initiative, Moon delivered a flower basket to Lee Dong-Ik, the head of the Eastern Regional Forest Service, saying, “ Let’s work together to preserve the […]
Kangwon Land, Korea’s only casino open to the local people, has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 closure yet again, this time until May 4 at 6 am. Operations at Kangwon Land were originally suspended on February 23, and the period of the closure has been repeatedly extended in line with continuing concerns about […]
Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea to allow locals to gamble, has again extended the closure of the property, this time until April 20th.
With the decision to suspend business operations until April 6, some South Korean operators have begun to release estimates of the losses they are facing as a result. Grand Korea Leisure, which operates three foreigner-only casinos in Seoul and Busan, estimates a sales loss of KRW17.5 billion (US$14.4 million) as a result of its two-week […]
All of South Korea’s major casino firms have now announced suspensions of operations as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19. State-run casino operator Grand Korea Leisure, which operates three foreigner-only casinos in Seoul and Busan, has stated that it will close its facilities from this Tuesday until April 6. Paradise Co. also revealed […]
Kangwon Land has announced that it will yet again extend its closure until March 23 over concerns about the spread of Covid-19 infection in South Korea. Kangwon Land originally suspended operations on February 23, but the period of closure has been repeatedly extended. As of Monday morning, there were 8,162 confirmed cases in the country […]
South Korea’s gaming companies have all seen their stock prices hammered by the Covid-19 crisis, though with varying intensity. Paradise Co. was one of Monday’s biggest losers on the Kosdaq Stock Market, losing 7.8 percent of its value in a single day. Since the beginning of the year it has fallen from 20,150 to 15,350, […]
Kangwon Land has announced that it will once again extend its closure until March 15 over concerns about the spread of Covid-19 infection in South Korea. Kangwon Land originally suspended operations on February 23, but the period of closure has been repeatedly extended as the Covid-19 information became increasingly dire. As of Sunday evening, there […]
Kangwon Land announced last Friday that it would remain closed until March 9 over concerns about the spread of Covid-19 infection in South Korea. Kangwon Land originally suspended operations on February 23, but the period of closure has been repeatedly extended as the Covid-19 information became increasingly dire. As of Sunday evening, there were 3,526 […]
Kangwon Land has further extended the closure of its casino resort – to 6 am Saturday (February 29). The casino operator originally planned to only close for 24 hours on Sunday, but later extended this to Wednesday, February 26. Kangwon Land said the shutdown was put in place to help the country curb the spread […]
Kangwon Land has announced the closure of its casino for 24 hours due to the coronavirus. Management did not elaborate on the reasons for the closure other than the “nationwide spread of COVID-19.” On Sunday, South Korea reported 169 new cases of coronavirus and four new deaths – bringing the total number of infected to […]
Kangwon Land, the casino and resort company based in Gangwon Province that uniquely allows locals to gamble, reported a full-year profit in 2019 up 12.7 percent. With sales at KRW1.52 trillion (about US$1.28 billion), which was up 5.7 percent year-on-year, combined with lower costs, net profits for the year came in at KRW335 billion (about […]
South Korea’s only locals-permitted casino, Kangwon Land, reported positive results in 19Q3, driven by an uptick in sales, though its foreigner-only peers saw mixed results. According to local reports, Kangwon Land’s third-quarter net profit reached KRW 128.6 billion (US$111 million), increasing 37.9 percent. Operating profit for the period was KRW139.2 billion, up 12.3 percent year-on-year. […]
South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos posted strong revenue growth in 2018, gaining 34 percent over the prior year, according to figures from the country’s National Gambling Control Commission.
South Korean casino operator Kangwon Land has developed its own range of slot machines and is planning to distribute its products globally, beginning with the Philippines.
South Korea’s casino operators saw mixed results in the first quarter of 2019, with some, such as Kangwon Land, reporting a 13.3 percent rise in net profit, while others, such as Grand Korea Leisure, reporting a halving of net profit in the same quarter. Kangwon Land, known as Korea’s only locals-permitted casino was able to […]
Former head of Kangwon Land, Ham Seung-hee, has been accused of corruption, after unionized employees of the casino reported him for using millions of dollars worth of company funds for his own personal use, Korea Herald reports. Ham, who was once a well-known prosecutor and lawmaker, and head of the country’s only locals-permitted land-based casino, […]
Two lawmakers from the main opposition party in South Korea have been indicted in connection with a job placement scandal at Kangwon Land, local media reports.
Grand Korea Leisure came out with the lowest possible rating in an annual government evaluation of management performance, local media reported.
Turnover at South Korea’s casinos fell 5.9 percent in 2017, after a ban on tour groups by China in March hit visitation.
Kangwon Land, South Korea’s only locals-permitted casino, reported a 30.3 percent decrease in profit for the first quarter of 2018. Net profit fell to KRW 90.4 billion (US$84.8 million), while total sales, including non-gaming revenue, fell 7.5 percent to KRW 385 billion. The decrease in profit was partly attributed to a decline in its gaming […]
The South Korean government has decided to fire all 226 employees of Kangwon Land who were found to have obtained their jobs through nepotism. “President Moon Jae-in today ordered the government to take swift and thorough measures against employment-related corruption at public organizations, best known by the Kangwon Land case,” Yonhap News cited Cheong Wa […]
South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism office was raided on Saturday after allegations emerged that a former tourism ministry official had used his influence to secure jobs for four of his family members at Kangwon Land. Kangwon Land is the only casino in South Korea that allows locals to gamble, which has been […]
The former CEO of Kangwon Land has been arrested on charges of unlawfully hiring staff at the request of politicians and local “bigwigs”, The Korea Times reports. On Thursday, the Chuncheon District Court in Gangwon Province ordered the arrest of Choi Heung-jip citing the risk of destruction of evidence. Dozens of suspects who allegedly asked […]
Kangwon Land, the operator of South Korea’s only locals-permitted casino saw a 10.2 percent decrease in gross gaming revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Gross gaming revenue amounted to KRW376.7 billion in 17Q3, down from KRW419.4 billion in 16Q3. Total sales revenue fell 9.8 percent to KRW395.1 billion, while net profit decreased […]
Casino operator Kangwon Land may see itself back in the center of a corruption scandal which took place between 2012 and 2013, local media reports. In 2015, Kangwon Land was embroiled in a corruption case after it was alleged that a large number of people hired between 2012 and 2013 was as a result of […]
Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea that allows local gamblers, says it is discontinuing credit card cash services at the property starting September 1, 2017. Announced on Monday last week, the operator said the move is part of a bold policy shift to create a healthy gaming environment for casinos. While short-term lending […]
Kangwon Land posted a 10.7 percent decline in net profit for the second quarter of 2017, reaching KRW110.4 billion (US$96.9 million), according to a company results filing. The South Korean locals-permitted casino noted that total sales declined 6 percent to KRW387 billion in 17Q2, down from KRW411.8 billion in 16Q2. Gaming sales fell 6.5 percent […]
Korea’s foreigner-only casinos bounced back after seeing declines in 2015, registering a 2.6 percent increase in turnover in 2016 – reaching KRW1.3 trillion, according to data from the National Gambling Control Commission. Visitors numbers to these casinos however dropped in 2016, falling 9.6 percent to 2.36 million visitors in 2016 compared to 2.61 million in […]
Kangwon Land posted a 9 percent drop in 17Q1 profit as gaming revenue declined. The South Korean operator, which runs the only casino in the country at which locals are allowed to gamble, said net profit in the period was KRW129.8 billion won ($116.4 million), down 9.1 percent. Total revenue fell 3.1 percent to KRW423 […]
South Korea’s Paradise City may face hard yards due to a ban on Chinese tour groups to the country, notes Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Margaret Huang in a report earlier this month. “The $1.1 billion, mass-market oriented property had hoped to capture Chinese visitors with a Korean culture theme… Yet the travel ban is likely to […]
The number of Koreans taking up voluntary exclusions to Kangwon Land Casino is on the rise, local media reports. Nearly 4,500 people banned themselves from the casino last year, compared to 3,484 in 2012, said officials. An increasing number of gamblers are also voluntarily limiting their days of casino access in a given month, increasing […]
The South Korean government has earned 62.5 trillion won (US$54.56 billion) from the gambling industry over the past 15 years, about half of it through taxes, the Yonhap news agency reported. The Korea Taxpayers Association analyzed records from the National Gambling Control Commission and found that the government collected approximately 31.55 trillion won in taxes […]
Kangwon Land, whose top-line growth slowed to 3.8 percent last year, is likely to see a recovery in its fortunes driven by an upgrade in its slot machines, strong domestic growth and a potential boost from the Winter Olympics next year, Morgan Stanley says. The operator, which is the only one in South Korea where […]
Lottery, casino and horse racing revenues in South Korea expanded sharply in 2016 despite a long-lasting economic slowdown, local media reports. Sales of lottery tickets rose 9.3 percent year-on-year to KRW 3.9 trillion, while Kangwon Land, the country’s only local-permitted casino saw KRW1.7 trillion in sales, up 3.8 percent year-on-year. The Korea Racing Authority saw […]
Korea’s only casino allowing for local entry, Kangwon Land, is likely to have underperformed in 16Q4 and will continue to do so in 2017, say Korean analysts. Shinyoung Securities, which was quoted by the Korea Times on Monday reportedly cut its target price for the casino to KRW 45,000 (US$39.1) from KRW 50,000. While the […]
Summit Ascent Holdings’ G1 Entertainment says it is currently preparing for its second gaming facility, which will be in partnership with South Korean casino operator Kangwon Land, according to a report on the local government website. “There are plans to build a facility of 100,000 square meters, including 400 to 500 hotel rooms… At the […]
South Korean casino operator Kangwon Land posted a 4.5 percent year-on-year increase in net income for the third quarter of 2016, totalling KRW 124.3 billion ($108.4 million). Revenue from sales increased 6 percent year-on-year to KRW 438.1 billion in the quarter, according to the company’s filing to the Korea Stock Exchange. Last quarter, the operator’s […]
South Korean stocks tied to Chinese tourism slumped after concerns that local governments in mainland China are trying to limit the flow of visitors to the country, Bloomberg reports. According to an official at the Korea Tourism Organization in Seoul, Chinese authorities are ordering travel agents to curb cheap travel packages to South Korea from […]
Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea where locals are permitted to gamble, is considering imposing tougher measures to prevent problem gambling. The operator is planning to implement a cooling off period of up to three months for those suspected of problem gambling, according to local media reports. CEO Ham Seung-hui told the National […]
Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd has announced it has entered into a non-binding agreement with Kangwon Land Inc for “potential areas of cooperation and strategic partnership”. The deal includes a “possible Korean contractor and Korean project finance for phase two” of Tigre de Cristal, as well as “project finance investment in phase two by Kangwon Land.” […]
Kangwon Land has officially stated its opposition to the establishment of a new locals-permitted casino in the Saemangeum region, Business Korea reports. The operator pointed out the abandoned mine area in the Gangwon Province and Saemangeum had distinct differences. “The Kangwon Land Casino was inevitable for the livelihood of more than 300,000 people in the […]
South Korea’s People’s Party are seeking to submit a revision bill that would pave the way for a second casino allowing Korean nationals to gamble, reports the Korea Times. The casino would be located in the Saemangeum area in North Jeolla Province. “Some lawmakers are working on a revision bill for the creation of an […]
Kangwon Land Inc, operator of South Korea’s only locals-allowed casino resort, has posted net income of KRW 123.7 billion (US$110.1 million) for 16Q2, up by 27.1 percent from the same period in 2015. In a filing to the Korea Exchange, the operator reported that revenue from sales increased 5.9 percent year-on-year to KRW 411.8 billion […]
South Korea’s state auditor has urged the government to roll out tighter plans to prevent gambling addiction, local media reports. According to a study conducted by the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), a large number of addicts are being observed at Kangwon Land, the nation’s only casino that is open to locals. The survey […]
A second casino in Korea permitting the entry of locals will “destroy the country”, an international gaming expert warns. In an interview with Korea Herald during G2E Asia in Macau last week, David Jung, Chairman of Hero Poker said allowing a casino to open within urban areas in Korea is a “dangerous idea”. “If they […]
South Korea is unlikely to reconsider its stance on banning local access to casinos until after the monopoly of Kangwon Land ends in 2025, according to a market expert. Currently Kangwon Land, located in remote area of the country, is the only casino in which Koreans are allowed to gamble. It accounts for $1.7 billion […]
Kangwon Land Inc, operator of South Korea’s only locals-allowed casino resort has seen strong business growth in the first two months of 2016, according to Daiwa analysts. “Management noted that the casino resort saw stable growth in the average utilisation rate of all its casino tables (around 81 percent) while it seeks ways to meet […]
South Korea’s new casino developments will find it difficult to see strong returns on investment due to restrictions on local patrons, says Fitch Ratings. The rating agency said large scale integrated resort projects in South Korea will face competitive pressures from Macau, Singapore, the Philippines and Australia. “We believe this pressure will not abate as the first casino […]
Kangwon Land Co Ltd has been cashing in on its monopoly of domestic patrons, unaffected by the Chinese VIP downturn, much unlike their foreigner-only peers. Kangwon Land stock surged 21 percent in 2015, now valued at $7.2 billion. It is the only casino in South Korea to admit locals, allowing for stable growth despite its […]
Korean local casino operator Kangwon Land Inc has reported net income for Y15Q4 at KRW 93.0 billion (US$75.8 million), up 96.3 percent from the same period in 2014, according to a recent filing to the Korean Stock Exchange. Revenue from sales in the fourth quarter increased by 8.6 percent year on year to KRW405.9 billion, […]
Foreigner-only casino operators, Paradise Group and Grand Korea Leisure Co will see weak results in 4Q15 due to the ongoing decline in Chinese VIPs, says Morgan Stanley. Sales are expected to decline 18 percent year on year for GKL as the number of Chinese VIPs continued to fall by 50 percent year on year in […]
The opening of new integrated resorts amidst shrinking Chinese VIP demand will compress margins at foreigner-only casinos in Korea, Morgan Stanley says. With Korea’s first integrated resort scheduled to open in 2017, Morgan Stanley estimates the supply-demand imbalance to further tip, with table capacity to rise 37 percent year-on-year and the number of Chinese VIPs […]
A controversial leisure tax is unlikely to be imposed on South Korea’s Kangwon Land amidst weak third-quarter gaming revenue, according to analysts from Daiwa Securities. Daiwa analyst Thomas Y. Kwon said: “We doubt Kangwon province’s renewed focus on a controversial leisure tax will amount to much in the near future, and believe any bill would […]
South Korea’s Kangwon Land Inc reported net income of KRW119.0 billion ($103.1 million) for the third quarter of 2015, up 12.8 percent year-on-year. The company, which operates the only casino open to locals, said its sales revenue went up by 5 percent during the period to KRW413.5 billion and up 6.3 percent quarter-on-quarter, while operating […]
Kangwon Land reported net income of KRW97.3 billion ($81.6 million) in 15Q2, down 3.2 percent from the same period the year before. The company’s sales amounted to KRW388.9 billion for the period, up 9.3 percent year-on-year, while operating income grew 19.7 percent to KRW147.9 billion. Kangwon Land Casino is the only one in South Korea […]
Critics have slammed a South Korean government ministry’s proposal to allow locals to gamble aboard cruise ships flying the national flag. They argue that the maritime ministry’s move will contradict the current near-nationwide ban on locals gambling in land-based casinos. The ministry promoting the local casino cruise ships idea says there would be tough rules […]
South Korea’s three major operators are likely to come through the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic without too much difficulty, but the smaller and weaker operators on the island of Jeju may face a much tougher time, analysts say.
Results for South Korea’s gaming operators improved in 2016, although foreign operators appear to be losing patience, with major projects either stalled or abandoned. Market watchers say the initial euphoria faded fast when operators were faced with the reality on the ground, which includes high costs, difficulty in client acquisition and changing regulation.
South Korea says its tourism arrivals have now almost recovered following an outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome in May that triggered a three-month plunge in visitor numbers.