Seoul Eyeing Dominate Metaverse: Opens Public Project

  • Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched phase one of cyberspace for all.
  • Expenditure amounting to $1.6 million has been done. 
  • The creation of the second phase is in progress.

South Korea, one of the world’s technologically advanced and digitally connected countries, is among the early adopters of new products. The country announced the launch of the first phase of its digital resemblance in a press brief released on January 16.

According to Oh Se-hoon, the country’s mayor, in this project, the residents will be able to file complaints, access official documents, and receive answers to questions on filing taxes.

The virtual world will be a “place of communication for citizens” of the city. Residents can virtually visit the city’s top 10 tourist attractions without visiting them physically. It is an engaging space for plaintiffs as they can file complaints virtually.

It is a “space for creativity and communication, surreal space without discrimination, and convergence of reality.” as per the city’s mayor.

According to local media, the project implementation costs the government approximately 2 billion won, 1.6 million US dollars. In the second phase, the developers plan to include the Citizen Safety Experience Center, real estate contracts, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) Metaverse, foreign support projects, youth policy content discovery and establishment, etc.

The second phase will prepare an easy mode as the main focus will be on the elderly citizens who are digitally weak. The Metaverse Seoul’s second phase will be easily accessible to senior citizens who face difficulty commuting to city offices in person. 

The project was created with consideration of the elderly population of South Korea, which shares around 17.5 percent of the total population. The mayor expressed his concern at the conference by saying, “It will take time for older people to adapt.” 

The project will allow citizens to play virtual games, access avatar-based youth counseling services, look into official documents, read e-books, and complain filing in the virtual world and other city services. The project features to avail some services in the English language to promote tourism.

Refer to the movie Ready Player One. 

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