The best rowers in the world have gathered here in the city of Chungju.
Despite the sweltering heat wave, they're focused on training to ensure their best performance at the 2013 World Rowing Championships starting on August 25th.
Some 22-hundred rowers from 80 national teams will be taking part in the global event, and spirits are already running high.
"Preparations, final preparations are obviously going well. In addition, we're really excited to be here. And I think that we're really excited to race."
This year's championships will be held at the International Tangeum Lake Regatta Course, under the theme, "Rowing the World Clean Water for Life, Dream of Chungju."
The world-class rowing course is 48-hundred meters long and more than 22-hundred meters wide, surrounded by amazing scenery of low mountains and dense forests.
Chungju was chosen to host the eco-friendly themed competition due to its pristine environment and rich cultural heritage.
Organizers have been busy making last-minute preparations, but are confident that the event will go off without a hitch.
"All the stadiums have been well-equipped. Each operating committee has received training and they've been assigned their duties. Due to our preparations, all that's left is to hold to a successful tournament."
The rowing championships will run for eight days through September 1st.
Para-rowing events, cultural performances, sport exhibitions, and fireworks will be featured to entertain visitors and raise awareness of rowing in Korea.
Paul Yi, Arirang News.