Chadwick International sits in the center of Songdo, Incheon Free Economic Zone, South Korea. Living in Songdo means being part of its brand new history and its exciting future. First envisioned over 30 years ago, Songdo is a first generation, eco-friendly smart city built entirely from scratch.
Designed as a high-tech international economic hub and celebrated for its green living solutions, Songdo is just 15 miles from Incheon International Airport, about one hour from Seoul, and has all the amenities of a major city within close reach. Songdo offers an exceptional quality of life that caters to modern, active families and businesses looking to leverage its growing economy and close proximity to a third of the world’s population.
High-tech, eco-friendly living
Songdo is wired from within with some of the world’s greatest technological advancements. City administrators currently use technology — like remote cameras and the world’s first underground trash system — to keep the city running efficiently. Everything from traffic control to infrastructure management to emergency response is monitored to keep Songdo safe, connected and convenient.
One of Songdo’s biggest draws is its green living. An impressive 40 percent of the city is comprised of parks and natural spaces, making it a wonderful place to be outdoors. With 20 miles of bike paths, modern train and bus systems, and electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city, Songdo is setting the standard for urban sustainability. It is also home to the headquarters of the UN Green Climate Fund.
Just minutes from Chadwick International is Songdo Central Park — 101 acres of greenery juxtaposed against a background of towering skyscrapers. Visitors can jog or bike its trails, go kayaking or paddle boating in the saltwater canal, or simply stroll to one of the patio cafes to take in the view.
Songdo’s entire waste management system operates underground where a vast network of pipes turns processes trash from each individual apartment and business while eliminating the need for trucks. City planners partnered with tech giant Cisco in creating a broadband system that allows residents to connect with each other and engage in an array of live classes right from their home. That same technology allows Chadwick students to connect with their peers at Chadwick School in California. Apartments in Songdo are equipped for easy, efficient and digitally advanced living.
In 2008, Songdo was named a winner of the annual Sustainable Cities Award from the Urban Land Institute and the Financial Times.
Songdo is the world’s first city to have all its major buildings meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED environmental and clean energy requirements.
Exceptional educational access
Perhaps Songdo’s biggest draw is its educational opportunities. Chadwick International is already a renowned institution where Pre-K through Grade 12 students can get an exceptional global education while being central to all the city has to offer. Songdo is also home to an international campus of Yonsei University — a top Korean university — and Incheon Global Campus, where The State University of New York (Stony Brook University and FIT), George Mason University, Belgium’s Ghent University and The University of Utah currently offer courses. With each school expanding its reach each year, families are flocking to Songdo to give their children the promise of a bright future.
A dynamic, growing culture
Over 142 thousand people call Songdo home and many more commute in from surrounding areas. The Songdo expat community is active, cohesive and eager to connect. Living here is a rare opportunity to be among the first generation of residents who will ultimately shape the culture and future of this vibrant city.