Seoul's Competitiveness

What makes Seoul different

The US-based technology market research organization Strategy Analytics discovered that the United States and Singapore have an internet user rate of 88% and 60%, respectively. In Korea, this number is as high as 95%. Strategy Analytics explains that Seoul, a city of more than 20 million inhabitants (including its satellite cities), is a giant internet hotspot that offers cheap wireless internet connections virtually anywhere in the city, and praises Korea for its high connection rate.


Lists of Awards (71)

List of Award
Category Awards
Public Service and Innovation (11)
  1. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Oasis of 10 Million Imagination_Finalist (2009)
  2. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service_First Place Winner (2010)
  3. The 2010 International Business Awards_The office of Waterworks, Seoul Metropolitan Government (2010)
  4. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award on Open Citizens Tax Court_2nd Place Winner (2011)
  5. UNESCAP_City-to-City Cooperation Awards (2012)
  6. International Business Awards_Gold Stevie Winner for Other Publications by Government: Seoulsarang (2012)
  7. Metropolis Awards_A Special award in Root out Crime by Design (2014)
  8. International Business Awards_Gold Stevie Winner for Best House Organ: Seoul Metropolitan Council (2015)
  9.  Place Marketing Forum _the Place Marketing Awards_Sharing City Policy through Innovative Public- Private Partnership (2016)
  10. The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development in Sweden _Park Won Soon, Seoul Mayor leading in developing ”a sharing city” (2016)
  11. 세계사회적자본연구소(World Capital Institute, WCI)_ MAKCi Award for the Most Admired Knowledge Cities (2016)
Women &
Welfare (9)

  1. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Happiness for Women Project_First Place Winner (2010)
  2. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_The Hope Plus Bankbook program _2nd Place Winner (2010)
  3. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Self Empowerment for Women_2nd Place Winner (2011)
  4. Metropolis Awards_Special Mention for Women Friendly Seoul Project of Seoul Metropolitan Government (2011).
  5. The City of Guangzhou-UCLG-Metropolis_Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation for a Youth Prostitution Prevention Project, Preventing Internet addiction from being expended (2012).
  6. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_ Seoul Welfare Standards enabled by and for the Citizens of Seoul _First Place Winner (2013)
  7. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Initiative for Women of Single-Person Household _2nd Place Winner (2013)
  8. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Fighting Violence Against Women: Making Seoul a Safer City for Women_First Place Winner(2015)
  9. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Category 5: Promoting gender-sensitive public services to achieve the SDGs_Public Sanitary Pads Support Policy for Menstrual Health Equity (2019)
Environment (4)
  1. The International Awards for Liveable Communities_LiveCom Award on Environment Preservation Projects named Han river Renaissance Project for coexistence of human and nature (2010)
  2. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_ Eco-mileage, a program to engage citizens in GHG reduction_2nd Place Winner (2013)
  3. Energy Globe National Awards for its co-project with Seoul National University regarding Green Roof and Rooftop Vegetable Garden (2014)
  4. Siemens and C40_City Climate Leadership Award for Make Seoul a City of Sunlight project involved in Green Energy Sector (2014)
Urban Development and Planning (7)

  1. UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Hanok Regeneration in Bukchon (2009)
  2. The Institution of Civil Engineers, ICE- the Brunel Prize for Construction Method(TRcM+CAM: Tubular Roof construction Method + Cellular Arch Method) of Seoul Express Bus Terminal Station of Line 9
  3. UN HABITAT_the Scroll of Honor Special Citation Award for three important sustainable development and social cohesion projects: the SHIFT Long-term Housing Rental System, the transformation of Nanjido, and the Restoration of Cheonggyecheon (2010)
  4. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service_First Place Winner(2013)
  5. Asia Pacific FutureGov Awards to exemplary cases of public institutions especially for the Urban Planning Information System of Seoul (UPIS) in recognition of its transparent and efficient provision of urban planning information (2013).
  6. International Union Architects (UIA)_Sir Rrbert Mattew Prize for conducting an exemplary pilot programme to renovate the Yeongdeungpo Dosshouse Town (2014)
  7. World Cities Summit_ Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize_2018 Prize Laureate_Role of Governance in Urban Transformation of Seoul (2018)
Water Management (6)
  1. Stevie Award Inc hosted International Business Award: Gold Stevie Winner for the Office of Waterworks (2008)
  2. UNDESA_UN Public Service Award_On and Off-Line Real-Time Water Quality Opening Services, Office of Waterworks_First Place Winner (June. 2009)
  3. International Water Association(IWA)_Project Innovation Awards(PIA) for Premium Seoul Tap Water –. From “Clean & Safe Water” to “Tasty Water” created by the Office of Waterworks under Seoul Metropolitan Governmentn (Sep. 2010)
  4. Stevie Award Inc hosted International Business Award_ Silver Stevie Winner for the Office of Waterworks (2010)
  5. The National Sanitation Foundation(NSF) authorized by WHO gave Certification for bottled tap water called ARISU for the first time in the world (Aug. 2012)
  6. International Water Association(IWA)_Project Innovation Awards(PIA) for Water Management System generated by the Office of Waterworks under Seoul Metropolitan Governmentn (Sep. 2012)
Urban Transportation (11)
  1. Institute for Transportation and Development Policy(ITDP)_ The Sustainable Transportation Award from three institutions: ITDP, TRB, ED (2006)
  2. International Association of Public Transport (UITP)_The 2006 UITP Award for Innovative Solutions (2006)
  3. Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS)_Outstanding Transportation Project Award for Excellence of the reforms in mass transit in Seoul including transfer discounts and median bus lanes (2007)
  4. International Association of Public Transport (UITP)_Youth Project Awards in Asia (2009)
  5. The Russian Federation Parliament and the Ministry of Transport under the Government of the Russian Federation_Golden Chariot Awards for contributions to transport industry development and international cooperation (2011)
  6. International Association of Public Transport (UITP)_UITP PTx2 Regional Award on Asia-Pacific Best Policy Award caused by improvements in accessibility for mass transit services including median bus lanes and transfer centers (2011).
  7. International Association of Public Transport (UITP) UITP PTx2 Regional Award on 최우수상 in Innovative Technology Field (2011)
  8. International Association of Public Transport (UITP) UITP PTx2 Showcase Award for contributions to the promotion of mass transit through an intelligent transport system (2011)
  9. International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Best Efficient Energy Award of Metrorail in Asia-pacific (2011)
  10. The Intelligent Transportation Systems Society_ Local Government Award for the global ITS technology innovations and the development of citizen-engaged information services (2013)
  11.  International Association of Public Transport (UITP)- Award for Asia Pacific Innovative Policy (2017)
Design & Culture (18)
  1. Philips Lighting and LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International)_First Place of City. People. Light Award' for Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project (2008)
  2. Design Foundation_INDEX: Awards 2011 Winner in terms of The Community Prize: Design Seoul (2011).
  3. TTG Asia Media_TTG Trevel Awards_Best BT MICE City (2011)
  4. Business Traveler Magazine Awards_Best Place to Connect for International Business Meetings Destination: Seoul (2012)
  5. Philips Lighting and LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International)_ Second Place of City. People. Light Award' for Yeoui Central River Park (2013).
  6. Global Travler _Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards_Best MICE City (2013)
  7. Hong Kong Design Centre_Design for Asia(DFA) Awards, one of 10 Grand Awards for Rooting out Crime by Design (2014)
  8. Global Travler_Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey Awards_Best MICE City (2015)
  9. International Business Awards_ Gold Stevie Winner for Seoul Kimchi Festival: the Culture & Arts Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government (2015)
  10.  International Forum Design(Germany)_iF Design Award: Yeonhui-dong Community Center designed by design teams affiliated in SEOUL DESIGN FOUNDATION (2016)
  11. The Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2016 “I·SEOUL·U”, a new brand of Seoul City received (2016)
  12. The Chicago Athenaeum_2016 Good Design Award_Graphic Design_I·SEOUL·U (2016) 
  13. Business Traveler USA _Best in Business Travel Awards_World Best International Business Meetings Destination (2016)
  14. International Forum Design(Germany)_iF Design Award 2017_ Communication and Design Section_I·SEOUL·U: City Brand (2017)
  15. Hong Kong Design Center_Design for Asia Awards_Silver_Seoullo 7017 (2017)
  16. Milan Urban Food Policy Pact_Milan Pact Awards (MPA)_Special Award_Food Supply and Distribution_Seoul: Urban Rural Coexistence Public Meal Service Project (2018)
  17. Global Traveler_ GT Tested Reader Survey_Best MICE City_Fourth Consecutive Year (2018) 
  18. International Forum Design(Germany)_iF Design Award_Service Design Section_Democracy Seoul( Digital democracy platform (2019)
e-Government (5)
  1. 2007 Annual Government Technology summit hosted by UNDP and Alphabet Media of Singapore_Government Technology Awards for e-Government Technology of Seoul Metropolitan Government (2007)
  2. UN Public Service Award_ Cyber of Information System Planning Bureau Fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanisms (2008)
  3. 2011 SAG Award Winners by ESRI for GIS Portal Systemdeveloped by Seoul Geographic Information Office, Seoul Metropolitan Government (2011)
  4. UN Public Service Award_e-Government Survey Special Award_First Place Winner(2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  5. Smart City Expo World Congress_ the Main Prize of Smart City(2016)