The city of Uijeongbu in Gyeonggi Province will open a new curling stadium on Thursday.

The two-story stadium has one underground floor and measures over 29-hundred square meters. It is located next to the indoor ice rink in the Nokyang-dong area in Uijeongbu.

It has six lanes that are 50 meters long and four-point-75 meters wide which is the international standard for curling. The seating accommodates 243 spectators.

Chairman of the Korea Wheelchair Curling Association Choi Jong-gil said the stadium is the largest in Asia.

Uijeongbu city has also hired four world-class ice makers and introduced the carbon dioxide cooling method for the first time in the country.

It is the second of its kind in South Korea after the first curling arena opened in 2007 in Uiseong, North Gyeongsang Province. 

As part of efforts to promote the winter sport, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism paid five billion won out of the total construction cost of nearly ten billion.