The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the launch of the first stage of the city’s metaverse project on 16 January. Mayor of the country’s capital Oh Se-hoon said the virtual environment will be a place of communication for Seoul’s citizens, who could virtually visit many city’s attractions and access official documents. They may also lodge complaints and raise questions about filing municipal taxes. The first stage of the project costs around $1.6 million. He added that the next phase is expected to be more accessible to the elderly.