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Blog // Connect Michigan

Augmented Reality Accents The History Of Seoul

By CMI Staff

Connect Michigan’s work to develop comprehensive technology action plans in communities throughout the state; efforts to raise the awareness for and adoption of technology among small businesses; and their unique broadband research, has garnered international interest. This summer, Connect Michigan State Program Manager Eric Frederick is traveling to South Korea, Japan, China, and Malaysia to share Michigan’s lessons and stories for broadband and technology expansion with government officials, academics, and many others. This blog series provides highlights from his trip and Connect Michigan’s efforts to put the state at the forefront of the digital economy.

Seoul, South Korea is one of the most populous cities on the planet. With more than 10 million people living in the city proper, and 25.6 million living in the metropolitan area, the city has experienced widespread development over the last 60 years since the end of the Korean War. During the late 1990s, that development was fueled by the expansion of information and communications technology, particularly in the mobile technology arena.

The Junghwajeon (throne room) at Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

Seoul’s modern development is well integrated with its rich, cultural heritage. Nestled among modern office buildings and the headquarters of global corporations are beautiful Buddhist temples, ancient palaces, and the historical gates that once guarded the city. While walking amongst these sites it’s easy to forget the modern metropolis around you. The Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea, however, has combined the country’s mobile technology development with its historical sites to create a rich, immersive experience for visitors wishing to learn more about the past.


Colorful roof overhang at Deoksu Palace.

While visiting the Deoksu Palace in central Seoul, and admiring the Joseon Dynasty architecture, I began to notice small placards at the base of many of the palace sites. The Augmented Reality stations in the palace gave everyone with a smartphone unique way to experience the site. The AR app uses the camera function of the smartphone and provides information and images that enhance the site in three dimensions and provide the viewer with greater historical context. Beyond Quick Response (QR) codes that allow users to scan a black and white grid and receive information on their smart phones, the AR application’s use of the camera provides users with a new interactive experience.

Want to know more about our trip abroad? Check out the other posts in our blog series to learn more now!


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