Opposition party reportedly revives locals casino proposal

An opposition party has called on the government to allow the development of a second casino in South Korea that would allow locals to gamble as a means of boosting tourism in North Jeolla province.

Korea Bizwire reports the opposition Bareunmirae Party’s North Jeolla branch brought up the subject in a statement on May 30 welcoming the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries’ plan to designate the Saemangeum area as a special zone for marine leisure and tourism.

“Building a casino will become a turning point for growth in North Jeolla Province,” the party was cited as saying.

“We ask North Jeolla Province, Gunsan, and local politicians to concentrate the effort on turning the Saemangum area into an international destination for marine leisure and tourism, just like Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.”

A prior suggestion for a similar project was suspended in 2016 after public opposition, the news wire says.

South Koreans are only able to gamble in one state-owned casino in a remote corner of the country. The property is run by Kangwon Land is generates more revenue than the country’s foreigner-only casinos put together.