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Gov't in campaign for digital theme park

All News 15:00 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Thursday it will open a virtual reality (VR) experience center this week in Pangyo, the nation's mecca for the high-tech industry.

The move is part of efforts to create a boom for indoor digital theme parks, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The ministry is tasked with implementing President Park Geun-hye's "creative economy" drive to foster start-ups and promote a new growth model based on innovation and entrepreneurship.

It plans to open the VR studio in Alpha Dome City, a landmark shopping mall in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, on Friday. Located just south of Seoul, Pangyo is South Korea's answer to Silicon Valley.

Newly-developed VR content will be put on display on available headsets, enabling gamers to take part in various VR programs from air gliders to golf lessons and makeup experiences.

"The experience center will be operated for about one month," the ministry said. "It's designed to enhance public understanding about VR content and create a boom for indoor VR theme parks."

lcd@yna.co.kr
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