By Byung Hwa Yoo, Sihwa lake, Korea
Ten days ago I went to west sea to see the Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant and seascape from the Dal observatory with the height 75M. I sketched before entering. It was said that it took 43 seconds to fo up from the bottom by elevator. A 4
I drew a small island(Keunguri) through the big pane glass after taking a seat. A 4
Though it was an ordinary day(Monday), lots of people visited to enjoy the view. A 4
Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station seen from the observatory, A 4
Power station constructed on the artificial breakwater between Siheung city and Daebu Island.
I couldn't walk on the glass looking down the small cars how thick the glass would be.
The artificial lake construction was completed on 1994 after 7 years since 1987. Two years later the power station study about the validity was started on 1996. By 7 years' later the station was finished on 2011. The electricity generated at the station could be supplied to 500,000 houses.
The Sihwa lake is said to be the largest one in the world with the 12.7 km breakwater. But it caused water pollution and ecological problem such as the disappearance of mud area along the seashore. The purpose to fill clean water after removing the sea water and to provide the water to the nearby agricultural land was come to nothing by the inflow of polluted domestic and factory waste water. It was said as 'lake of death' once. But the efforts to improve the water quality keeps on. I hoped the water to become first level water quality for the fishery and agriculture.
Please enjoy the view from a plane here.