Cultural districts, tourist booster and local mingle a focus on Seoul

Dario Pedrabissi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The main focus of this paper is on understanding the metropolitan strategy in relation to culture and tourism and its effect on urban and architectural design. Cultural districts have been conceived as tools adopted by local governments to increase the city's economic development, using tourism as a major booster capable of transforming cities and territories. The attractiveness of cities has been an increasingly important topic on the agenda of urban policy planners since the impact of globalization has changed the city strategy in favour of the emergence of a knowledge-based economy. South Korea has increased massively its investments in the tourist sector elevating Korea to a leading nation of the culture, leisure and tourism industries. Seoul as the global capital city of South Korea has been increasing its investments in cultural projects since last decades in order to enhance its visibility at the national and international level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction and Urban Planning
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials - Guizhou, China
Duration: 9 Mar 201310 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1022-6680


Conference2013 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials
Abbreviated titleICSBM 2013


  • Art centres
  • Cultural districts
  • Public buildings
  • Public space
  • Urban tourism
  • Urban transformation


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