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Welcome to the website of Seoul Metropolitan Government. It is a great joy and honor for me as the Mayor of Seoul to welcome international citizens to this great historic city, which is well known for its priceless cultural heritage and comfortable, dynamic living environment.
This website has been created with the aim not only of helping the citizens of Seoul but also of informing other members of the global community who wish to know more about our city. I earnestly hope that this website will make a contribution to our efforts to forge a closer relationship between Seoul and the rest of the world, both culturally and economically.
The citizens of Seoul are, above all else, proud of the beautiful natural environment surrounding their city. The city is traversed by a huge waterway, the Hangang, which is revered as the “milk flow” that feeds and nurtures all Korean people and their culture, and is protected by scenic mountains such as Namsan and Bukhansan. Seoul is also comfortably close to fertile agricultural lands, including Korea’s major rice granaries and the West Sea, which supply the city with their fresh, nutritious products all year round. Furthermore, the city continues to enrich its cultural vitality thanks to a wealth of artists who are committed to expressing the city’s people and their way of life through a great variety of creative activities. The city’s markets are always brimming with the energy of merchants and their customers for whom everyday is a fresh beginning. The city administration has now turned its attention from development-focused services to services aimed at the restoration of the city’s ecological health and the protection of its citizens’ basic rights, providing universal welfare. With this new goal in its sights, Seoul is fast running towards becoming a community where seniors are respected, where youngsters are well cared for, and where women and men are treated equally.
I can assure you that all the civil servants of the city administration - of which I am now the head - are fully committed to doing their utmost to further improve Seoul’s business environment. We are expanding our investment and support programs for creative businesses envisioning 21st-century society, and integrating IT services, which are already among the world’s top level, for the creation of an infrastructure that is even friendlier to business activities. Similarly, we have created, and are maintaining, a safe and peaceful living environment for citizens and visitors alike, thanks to our extremely efficient and comfortable public transport system and effective programs designed to ensure public order and, security
So, why not be a friend to Seoul and come and enjoy all the attractions this great city has to offer you?