Seoul will build a public service “Metaverse Platform” temporarily named “Metaverse Seoul”

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, the capital of South Korea, announced on the 3rd that it will create a “Meta Universe Platform” to provide public services to citizens. By then, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will become the first local government in South Korea to provide a Metaverse service platform.

In accordance with the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s five-year plan for the “Basic Conception of Yuan Cosmos Seoul”, the platform will be completed by the end of next year at the latest, and will be temporarily named “Cosmos Seoul “. Then, it will be introduced into the meta-universe ecosystem in three stages, involving all aspects of municipal management services, including economy, culture, tourism, education, and citizen complaints.

Seoul will build a public service "Metaverse Platform" temporarily named "Metaverse Seoul"

This is a night view of the downtown area taken at Baifan Plaza in Seoul, South Korea on June 11, 2020. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Jingqiang)

According to Yonhap News Agency, the project plans to cost 3.9 billion won (approximately US$3.3 million), which is one of the contents of Mayor Oh Se-hoon’s “Seoul Vision 2030” plan to build Seoul into the city of the future.

The city government stated that “Metaverse Seoul” will gradually realize the virtualization of citizens and corporate services, such as holding a virtual New Year’s Eve ceremony, setting up a virtual mayor’s office, and providing virtual services for financial technology, investment and “University Town” projects. By 2023, a comprehensive administrative center will be built, where citizens can “talk” with the network avatars of municipal officials and handle civil complaints and consultations. This virtual service hall is temporarily named “Meta Universe 120 Center”.

According to the plan, major tourist attractions in Seoul such as Gwanghwamun Square, Deoksugung Palace and Namdaemun Market will be presented in the “virtual tourism special zone”, and the disappeared historical relics will be reproduced online. In addition, from 2023, representative festivals in Seoul, such as the Lantern Festival, will also be held at Yuan Universe to facilitate participation by people from all over the world.

Seoul will build a public service "Metaverse Platform" temporarily named "Metaverse Seoul"

On August 30, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea, there are few pedestrians and vehicles near Dongdaemun. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Jingqiang)

In recent years, Metaverse has become a hot topic, especially since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, more and more activities have been moved online. Through immersive experiences such as augmented reality and virtual reality, users can interact with computer-generated environments and other people in the virtual reality space of Metaverse, completing social, entertainment, office, and gaming activities.

Many technology companies have deployed the meta universe. On the 28th of last month, the American social media platform Facebook announced that it was renamed “Yuan”, and the company’s future development will prioritize the business related to Yuan Cosmos. (Chen Lixi)

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