Seoul to become the first municipality to enter the metaverse and recreate a virtual public square


New Delhi: Seoul is set to become the first major government city to enter the Metaverse, with the South Korean capital recently announcing its intention to provide several public services and cultural events available in the Metaverse, Quartz reported.

This stems from the fact that the Metaverse is being touted as the next big revolution as an immersive virtual reality-based internet experience.

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According to the Quartz report, the Seoul government plans to develop its own metaverse platform by the end of 2022, which is expected to be fully operational by 2026.

The platform will host a multitude of public functions such as a virtual mayor’s office and spaces relating to the business sector, a fintech incubator and a public investment company.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon’s 10-year plan for the city, according to the report, is supported by an investment of 3.9 billion won ($ 3.3 million) to improve the social mobility of citizens and to increase the city’s global competitiveness.

The platform is slated to kick off in December with a virtual New Year’s ringing ceremony, Quartz reported.

The city plans to open the “Metaverse 120 Center” in 2023 as a virtual public service location where avatars will address citizens’ concerns that currently can only be resolved by physically going to City Hall, he said. he indicates.

If all goes according to plan, the people of Seoul will be able to visit the Virtual City Hall to do a variety of activities ranging from visiting a historic site to filing a civil complaint.

As mentioned earlier, the metaverse is considered to be the next big leap in the tech and internet world. Companies like Microsoft, Nike and Meta (renamed Facebook) are trying to be key players in the next Internet revolution.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s capital Seoul is the only government looking to invest in the metaverse to recreate the virtual public square.

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