28 April, 2022
The South Korean capital will become the first major city to enter the metaverse. Announcing a plan to make a variety of public services and cultural events available to residents via VR, a 3.9 billion won (US$3.3 million) investment in the metaverse is part of mayor Oh Se-hoon’s strategic plan for the city. The plan aims to improve social mobility among citizens and embrace digital and AI tools to improve healthcare, central infrastructure, and the economy. By 2023, the city will open its “Metaverse 120 Center,” which will serve as a virtual city hall where residents can do everything from touring a historic landmark, to meeting with local officials (in their avatar forms) to request services or file complaints.