As society evolves rapidly with advanced technologies, North Gyeongsang Province is strategically focusing on positioning itself as a central hub of the metaverse – a hypothetical iteration of the internet forming a singular, immersive virtual world ― seeking to boost the competitive edge of the local government.
“Centralization in metropolitan areas is a significant issue in Korea. We believe the metaverse will present a promising opportunity for our growth," North Gyeongsang Province Governor Lee Cheol-woo said in a recent written interview with The Korea Times.
In line with this vision, North Gyeongsang Province unveiled a master plan last October to establish the province as a pioneer in leveraging the metaverse within Korea. The plan aims to respond to the trend of centralization in metropolitan areas, while cultivating the province into a leading metaverse-centric region.
The province highlights its abundance of innovative resources related to the metaverse. Gyeongbuk Technopark, for instance, is at the forefront of driving local industries and fostering innovation within the province.
It also boasts key regional industries in innovative technologies, including electronic information and communication in the western region, mobility manufacturing in the southern region, steel in the eastern region and bio in the northern region.
Recently, it was designated as a national high-tech strategic industry-specialized complex for semiconductors and secondary batteries.
Source: Korea Times