Phase I of Seoul's Virtual City Unveiled
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the first phase of its Metaverse Seoul project, allowing residents to access city services in a virtual environment, according to a report from Cointelegraph.
❗ Why it Matters
The launch of this virtual city matters because it represents a new era of providing city services that can be accessible for everyone regardless of their physical abilities or location.
🧠 Need to Know
- The city government has spent $1.6 million on the first phase of the project.
- The second phase of the project will involve making the virtual environment more accessible to senior citizens who may have trouble commuting to city offices in person.
- More than 17% of South Korea's population is over 65 years old, as of 2022.
- When the initiative was originally announced in late 2021, it was estimated that work on Metaverse Seoul could be fully completed by 2026.