SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea broke ground Monday for an artificial intelligence complex in the southwestern city of Gwangju to foster the related industry, the science ministry said.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, for a major construction project to create an AI complex center, including data centers and facilities in automobiles and energy sectors.
A total of 393.9 billion won (US$332 million) will be spent from 2020 to 2024 for the project, according to the ministry.
The complex will also include offices for 77 companies as part of the country's efforts to foster startup companies in AI.
The ministry said it expects Gwangju to advance into a global AI-centered city that fosters new industries and jobs in the post-coronavirus era.
(News Focus) No parcel day: Why S. Korean delivery workers are taking a day off on Aug. 14
Advertising controversy grips S. Korean mukbang YouTubers
Seoul's last-ditch home supply plan still in doubt over its viability
Korean foodmakers ramp up overseas push amid COVID-19 pandemic
Bumpy road lies ahead for Samsung, even after heir avoids detention