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Computer Arts - - Special Report -

A fast-paced me­trop­o­lis with a vi­brant pop cul­ture, an­cient his­tor­i­cal sites, ex­cit­ing nightlife, an in­no­va­tive arts scene and one of the world’s fastest dig­i­tal in­fras­truc­ture sys­tems, Seoul has trans­formed into a pros­per­ous, global cul­tural cap­i­tal in a re­mark­ably short amount of time. Since the 1990s, the South Korean gov­ern­ment has tar­geted the cre­ative in­dus­tries to drive growth – and with ap­prox­i­mately 73 per cent of Korean de­sign­ers con­cen­trated in Seoul, the city sits firmly at the heart of the na­tional de­sign scene.

Cost of liv­ing is only 2.5 per cent lower than in Lon­don, but low crime rates, high qual­ity of life and a thriv­ing de­sign scene make it an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for cre­atives. “Lots of things hap­pen here – projects, fes­ti­vals and ex­hi­bi­tions,” con­firms Jin Kang, a mem­ber of Seoul-based de­sign col­lec­tive Or­di­nary Peo­ple. “It’s fast-paced, and this at­mos­phere chal­lenges us to cre­ate cool new projects. There are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties and many fun peo­ple. We rec­om­mend a visit.”

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