The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is publishing an e-book on the changes to life in Seoul in the second half of 2021. It contains details on the SMG’s newly conducted projects, soon-to-open public facilities, and new institutions related to citizens’ life in the second half of 2021.
The e-book comprises five categories to reflect the quality of Seoul citizens’ life and the improvement of the city’s competitiveness: global city competitiveness (6 items); safe city (11 items); urban space innovation (6 items); smart city (6 items); and fair and coexistence city (3 items).
Global city competitiveness: Policies to support companies to turn Seoul into a city for startups
|M+ Center||BT-IT Convergence Center|
M+ Center will open its doors in Magok, southwestern Seoul, in November as a place that provides office space and various assistance to 75 startups and growing companies. It will establish the foundation for supporting the growth of excellent companies through creating the local fund “Magok Weconomy” (tentative name), and support companies’ entry into global markets using the environment near the Magok Industrial Complex and the airport.
BT-IT Convergence Center will open its doors in Hongneung, northeastern Seoul, in September to support companies in the field of biotechnology healthcare. It will contribute to the vitalization of the biomedical industry through comprehensive support, from providing office space and supporting research equipment as well as R&D to business consultations, investment attractions, and finding new markets so that biomedical startups and research facilities can be clustered in Hongneung.
Safe city: Opening of emergency medical centers for response to infectious diseases and treatment of serious cases
|Seoul Medical Center
(Emergency Medical Center circled in red)
|Emergency Medical Center|
Seoul Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Center will be newly established so that it can play a pivotal role in public healthcare in the northeastern region with its medical infrastructure for the treatment of serious emergency cases and facilities to respond to infectious diseases including COVID-19.
The Emergency Medical Center will be a five-story building on the ground with a total floor area of 4,950 square meters. It will have a total of 61 hospital beds, including 27 at the Emergency Medical Center, 12 for the ICU, and 22 for the general ward. Among them, six will be negative pressure rooms so that they can be used immediately when there are patients with infectious diseases.
Starting in October, the Seoul Public Agency for Social Service will operate the Municipal Dongdaemun Silver Care Center, and the third magnet-type Seoul Kium daycare center will start its operation in the area of Jongno/Seodaemun.
|Magnet-type Seoul Kium daycare center in Jongno/Seodaemun||Playground (dynamic space)||Rest area (static space)|
Urban space innovation: Placing unwanted public facilities underground, and constructing experience centers and parks above ground
|Water Regeneration Experience Center||Theme Park for Relaxation|
In October, the Water Regeneration Experience Center will open in the Seonam Water Regeneration Center. A theme park for relaxation will open in the complex as well. Unwanted facilities will be undergrounded, and cultural and recreation facilities will be built on the ground in the process of modernizing the deteriorated facilities of the Seonam Water Regeneration Center, the nation’s largest sewage treatment center.
In addition, the SMG will complete the project that will connect the buildings of Sewoon Plaza with tourist spots, such as Jongmyo Shrine and Namsan Mountain, through a pedestrian road three stories high. From Daerim and Sampoong Shopping Malls, a passage linked to the Euljiro Underground Shopping Center will be installed to increase visitors, vitalizing the local commercial area.
Smart city: Safety control of deteriorated buildings using blockchain and IoT
Starting in December, the SMG will introduce the technologies of blockchain and IoT in safety control of deteriorated private buildings to establish the system to exactly detect the risk factors and take preemptive measures. IoT sensors will be attached on the buildings to measure in real time tilt and track data and the blockchain network will save and analysis the data to test their accuracy and detect risks by analyzing odd changes of the buildings. When risks are detected, alert messages will be sent to the autonomous district and the building owners so that they could take preemptive measures.
Hangang Bridge Integrated Control Center, which will be launched in October, will be operated by example using AI-based CCTV control technology in order to prevent death leaps from bridges over the Hangang River, improving the response capability in advance. AI, which will learn the patterns of people who attempt death leaps through video deep learning, will detect and predict risk situations and selectively play the CCTV videos from spots in question so that monitoring personnel can ease the burden of CCTV monitoring and focus more on the rescue.
Fair and coexistence city: Opening of Seoul Youth Center Orang in Seocho to support the youth, etc.
Opening in July, the Seoul Youth Center Orang in Seocho will support young people who are lost due to economic difficulties and fierce competition. Young adults between ages 19 to 34 can use the facility and apply for various programs, including customized policy consultation and local neighborhood information, on the official website (youth.seoul.go.kr/orang).
Starting in late September, a welcome box comprising a youth policy guidebook and practical items will be provided to young citizens in their 20s who belong to single-person households and reported their move-in to Seoul within one year from the recruitment announcement (scheduled between the end of August and September).