In just half a century, Seoul overcame the ravages of war to become a mega city of 10 million.
The city has overcome diverse problems associated with urban growth, and continues to ensure a convenient and sustainable living environment for citizens with cutting-edge IT technology.
Rutgers: Ranked 1st in the Global E-Governance Survey 6 consecutive times
UIA: Ranked 4th in the Annual International Meetings Statistic Report
GPCI, Mori Memorial Foundation: Ranked 6th on the Global Power City Index
Seoul is one of the most advanced, smart green cities
Seoul, a Smart Green City
Seoul, the world capital of high tech IT public administration, processes all the administrative services with speed and accuracy using the worlds best quality and fastest communications networks
Culture, Tourism, Sports, Design / Environment, Parks, Water Supply / Housing, Real Estate, Urban Planning, Magok Project / Safety, Firefighting, Civil Defense / Economy, Jobs / Women, Childcare, Children & Youth / Welfare, Seniors, the Disabled / Planning, Audit, Education Informatization Planning, Human Rights, Communities / Taxes, Finances, Contracts / Construction / Transportation / Health, Food Safety
From reporting illegally parked cars and damaged roads, to obtaining essential life information and voting on city policies, citizens of Seoul can now access and obtain all the administrative services they need 24/7 on their smartphones.
Seoul Topis: Public Transit System Center / Public transit / Road and traffic / Traffic emergency surveillance / Traffic signals / Various emergencies
Topis, Seoul’s Smart Transportation Hub, employs the latest information technology to monitor traffic and road conditions 24/7, providing real-time updates on road congestion and alternative routes. The GPS devices installed on all public buses help to manage bus arrival intervals remotely.
Mobile applications and bus information screens at bus stops also provide citizens with accurate bus arrival times, strengthening citizens’ faith in the city government.
Transportation distribution in Seoul: subways 38.8% / private vehicles 22.9% / taxis 6.8% / buses 27.1% / other 4.4% Public transit handles 65% of transportation needs
Transit pass usage rates: buses + subways 98% / taxis 60% T-Money transportation card / Transfer fare free transfer within 10km bus <->subway / Basic fare free transfer 1,050won within 10km bus <-> subway
With the smart transit pass, citizens now enjoy not only public transit services nationwide, but also the ease of shopping
T-money simple payment system
A single all-pass card
T-Money mobile NFC payment system / NFC Pay 600 won complete payment
The surveillance camera system also keeps citizens throughout the city. Cutting edge IT protects and helps citizens of Seoul at every corner.
As a city blessed with a beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers, Seoul also applies Smart technologies to the preservation of its natural environment.
Nanji Island, once a gigantic heap of trash and garbage, has now been transformed into an ecological park and a beloved destination, visited by over 10 million citizens and travelers each year.
Thanks to citizens’ active participation, Seoul now recycles 66.8% of household waste, and uses its 4 resource recovery centers to incinerate another 24%.
66.8% of household wastes recycled daily in 2014
23.6% of household wastes incinerated and 9.6% buried daily in 2014
The heat generated from incineration is reused to heat and cool 543,000 households
heating and cooling 543,000 households
The city’s 4 sewage treatment centers refine and purify waste water, and remaining sewage waste is used to fuel the urban gas system and vehicles.
Seoul, a resource-recirculating city with low energy consumption.
A resource-recirculating city with low energy consumption, Seoul
Seoul installed 10,000 Photovoltaic power stations in apartment buildings, schools and other public facilities to generate electricity for 30,000 households.
C40 Cities Awards 2015 Seoul, a winner of the Green Energy Award at the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014.
Having installed 10,000 Photovoltaic power stations
Seoul is turning into a city powered by sunlight, generating renewable energy with citizens’ active support.
Sunlight powered city that generates renewable energy, Seoul
Successfully solving the numerous problems of urban growth, Seoul has grown into an exemplary smart and green city in which its 10 million citizens enjoy convenient, safe and healthy living.
Seoul now actively shares its experiences and policy know-hows on sustainable growth with other cities worldwide.
Bogota, Colombia Automatic toll collection system development and maintenance (2011).
Bogota of Colombia
Wellington of New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand Bus transit pass and payment system development (2007)
Baku, Azerbaijan Development of a transportation information center and other facilities (2008)
Baku of Azerbaijan and other cities have adopted transportation systems modeled after that of Seoul.
Chanchamayo District, Peru Waterworks improvement project (ODA, 2012)
With a clean tap water supply project in the Chanchamayo District of Peru, an urban disaster prevention system development project in Bangladesh and other similar projects worldwide, Seoul continues to share its advanced policy models with cities overseas
Fire and Disaster Prevention Administration, Bangladesh Consulting on the development of a fire and disaster prevention system (2014)
Da Nang, Vietnam Preliminary research for the establishment of a regional transportation system (2015)
Accra, Ghana Technical advice on the development of a master plan for the urban transportation system
Mecca, Saudi Arabia Consulting on the development of an ITS master plan (2015)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Development of a transportation information center and other facilities (2015) and the development of an automatic fare system and a bus management system (2014)
Bangkok, Thailand Consulting on the development of a transit pass system (2012)
Bandung, Indonesia Policy advice on the development support for transportation infrastructure
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Bus fare transaction system development (2011) and consulting on the development of an integrated fare transaction system (2014)
Seoul will continue to share its exemplary policies worldwide in the coming years and lead the movement for sustainable urban development.
Seoul looks forward to becoming your best partner for transforming your cities into sustainable and smart communities for citizens.
Seoul, the Best Partner for Urban Development