In a press briefing, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced that the virtual environment would be a "place of communication for citizens" and allow them to access official documents, file complaints, and receive answers to questions on filing taxes. The government reportedly spent roughly $1.6 million for the project's first phase.
Metaverse Seoul to Include Accessibility for Senior Citizens
The second phase of the Metaverse Seoul project will involve making the virtual environment more accessible to senior citizens. This is especially important as more than 17% of South Korea's population is over 65 years old, according to data from Statistica.
The move is in line with South Korea's efforts to adopt blockchain and the metaverse, as the country boasts one of the fastest internet connectivity speeds in the world.