“Perception of life in Seoul is quite different from reality. Please visit Seoul and discover how different Seoul really is. The dynamic city has risen to become the 10th most desirable city in the world. Looking at our city, when we think of the meeting point and entertainment of the city, it is tempting to think about walking or driving all the way to the meet-up point.”
When American tourists visit South Korea and North Korea, they usually see the capital city of Seoul — and not the satellite cities that are rapidly expanding over the coast.
But Seoul — and 10 of its satellite cities — will soon be seeing a dramatic upgrade with tech-forward projects that will bring 10-minute commutes, low-rise apartments and a futuristic future.
The project, dubbed Seoul 10, was unveiled Friday at a press conference, marking the beginning of the world’s first high-tech 10-minute city.
“So far, all the accomplishments we have made are oriented around artificial intelligence, robotics and driverless vehicles,” Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said during the press conference. “But if you think about Seoul through a holistic viewpoint, Seoul 10 is the next step forward.”
Among the highlights of the 10-minute city are:
About 7 million households will get WiFi.
All of Seoul’s suburbs will offer residential living in the next three to five years.
8,000 low-rise apartments will be built for up to 1,200 families each.
3,000 affordable homes will be sold for below the national average housing price.
5 kilometers of green space will be created, increasing the number of green spaces from 6 percent to 15 percent.
1,000 rooftop gardens will be created, increasing the number of rooftop gardens from 3 percent to 10 percent.
Neighborhoods will have street performers.
A 30-minute connection will be created for motorcycles and 3,000 hyperloop trains will be set up.
If all goes according to plan, Seoul 10 will reach 100 percent completion in 2027, according to the project’s website.
For more information, go to http://www.seoul10.co.kr/.