KIC Introduction

The Korea International Circuit is South Korea is first international racing circuit and host of the inaugural FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX. Located in Jeollanam-do in South Korea is Sampo District, the KIC is at the heart of the Southwestern Coast is tourism, leisure and business development. A popular tourism destination due to its proximity to picturesque Yeongam Lake, the area is also close to the Yellow Sea.

With the city of Jeollanam-do developing around the circuit, the KIC serves as its central focal point, establishing itself as the centre of motorsport in South Korea. For the first time in FORMULA 1 is history, a circuit was built in advance and then a city was developed around it. Jeollanam-do is proud to have the KIC as its star attraction.

The KIC is the first circuit in South Korea to meet the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) Grade A standard. It is comprised of two courses - a 5.615 km international race circuit which incorporates a partial street circuit, and a 3.045 km permanent track. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates traditional Korean elements, such as the roof of the main grandstand which resembles the eaves of the traditional Korean hanok houses. The circuit can accommodate up to 130,000 spectators, with 16,000 seats in the main grand stand.