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  • Seoul to Unveil New Smart Map to Improve Communication with Citizens

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    • Seoul unveils its updated Smart Seoul Map following a sweeping overhaul of its features and functions that will improve communication with and feedback from the citizens.
    • The map’s new features encourage Seoulites to help floundering small businesses by showing stores that are quietly undertaking or sponsoring acts of kindness for the underprivileged.
    • It also marks the best pedestrian access to parks along the Hangang River as well as the locations of screening stations that provide foreign-language services to non-Koreans.
    • Seoul expects the improved Smart Seoul Map will become a leading success in communicating with the citizens and help form the basis of a smart city that citizens can take part in building together.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 24, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will unveil its updated “Smart Seoul Map” on February 25, following a sweeping overhaul of its features and functions that will improve communication with and feedback from Seoul citizens.

    The Smart Seoul Map (https://map.seoul.go.kr), is the digital map platform that anyone can access online through computers or smartphones. It will also show locations of COVID-19 screening stations in English, Chinese and Japanese and denote Child Protection Zones and Seoul Trails, as well as administrative information that demands urgent attention from its citizens.

    The revamped Smart Seoul Map will incorporate new features to encourage the residents to help out by spending at small businesses floundering amid COVID-19. It will show stores that are quietly undertaking or sponsoring acts of kindness, such as providing free meals or financing educational projects for underprivileged children or those that have been designated as “We Save Store” after providing assistance to children in and out of Korea.

    It will also contain map services for those who use wheelchairs or baby strollers seeking the best pedestrian access to parks along the Hangang River straight from exiting subway stations.

    And finally, the Smart Seoul Map will provide maps of screening stations that provide foreignlanguage services to non-Koreans. The map will also show the concentration of 5,600 day-care centers, 600 automated government documentation booths, and other useful facilities around the city.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to expand the service as part of its “Smart City” policy, including marking the location of its citywide public Wi-Fi “KkachiOn” access points and kiosks to help resolve the digital divide.

    “Seoul citizens usually search for information pertaining to their day-to-day lives within their immediate vicinity, and Seoul as one of the world’s leading smart cities needs a better form of communication to reflect their needs,” said Lee Won-Mok, Director General of SMG’s Smart City Policy. “We hope that the improved the Smart Seoul Map will become a leading success in communicating with our citizens by offering administrative information pertinent to their vicinity. It will help form basis of a smart city that citizens can take part in building together, especially at a time when the pandemic has restricted outdoor activity.”