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SmartCitiesWorld City Profile – Seoul

Smart citizens are front and centre of Seoul’s smart city masterplan, with smart infrastructure and smart services completing the trilogy.


Seoul has made significant progress over the past few decades towards providing services to its citizens more intelligently and improving quality of life. It consistently appears in the leading pack of global rankings but a smart city is a journey, not a destination, and South Korea’s capital still faces challenges new and old. In March 2019, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced it would invest $1.2 billion until 2022 on smart initiatives to drive further improvements.


While Seoul is regarded for its cutting- edge smart city innovation, it is the scale and breadth at which it applies solutions that really makes the city stand out. Rarely do so many innovations happen across all sectors in the same city.


Seoul also shows pioneering leadership in key areas such as ageing society, digital democracy, hydrogen economy and city-driven innovation ecosystem.

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