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Message from the President

The Seoul Institute (SI) will continue to spare no effort to solve
urban problems facing Seoul and suggest a new paradigm for
urban management which can enhance Seoul citizens’ quality of life.

Welcome to the Seoul Institute (SI)!

The Seoul Institute analyzes major challenges confronting the city. As a think tank for the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), we plan for the city’s future by performing research on various current policies along with establishing mid- and long-term visions for the SMG.

The SI was founded with funds from the SMG aimed at laying the groundwork for a wide range of the city’s policies in 1992. We have systematically studied problems in diverse fields including urban planning and design, housing, transportation, environment, safety and control, industrial economy, administration and finance, social policy, welfare, health, cultural tourism, gender and family, and education. Since these areas influence every aspect of the city’s residents’ lives, viable policy alternatives are critical.

Seoul, as the capital of Korea, has been an icon of compressed growth in modern times. The SMG now needs to become the city that fulfills its social responsibilities, delivers a clean environment and retains its unique cultural identities. Policy alternatives we propose focus on both the quality of life of Seoul’s residents and quantitative indicators of urban growth. We conduct research on urban infrastructure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of them.

We trust our website will serve as a platform where experts and residents can freely exchange opinions on urban policies.

We look forward to your feedback and support.

President of the Seoul Institute
Seo Wang-jin