Seoul Metropolitan Government

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Seoul Metropolitan Government
Seal of Seoul Metropolitan Government.png
Korean name
Hangul 서울특별시청
Hanja 서울特別市廳
Revised Romanization Seoul teukbyeolsi cheong
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul tŭkbyŏlsi ch'ŏng

Seoul Metropolitan Government is the administrative organization of Seoul. The mayor is elected to a four-year term by the Seoul citizens and is responsible for the administration of the city government. Seoul Metropolitan Government deals with administrative affairs as the capital city of South Korea, so it is more centralized than that of most other cities with the city government being responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, public safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply, and welfare services.

Seoul Metropolitan Council, the legislative body, Jung-gu

In the city government, there are 5 offices, 32 bureaus, and 107 divisions. The headquarters is located in the Seoul City Hall building which is in Taepyeongno, Jung-gu, Seoul. The Government started on September 28, 1946 as the Seoul City Government which became Seoul Metropolitan Government on August 15, 1949. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has one mayor and three vice mayors, two of them take charge of administrative affairs and the other for political affairs. Seoul is subdivided into 25 autonomous gu and 522 administrative dong.[1][2]

The Seoul Institute (SI) is the think tank for the city, established in 1992 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. It was formerly known as The Seoul Development Institute (SDI). The SI supports the policy-making processes of the municipal administration by conducting intensive research and cooperating with domestic and foreign research institutes. The SI seeks to collaborate and communicate with the citizens of Seoul "to secure the validity of its various policy researches". [3][4]

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  1. ^ "서울특별시청 Seoul Metropolitan Government" (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Organization Chart". Official site of Seoul Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Seoul Think Tank Changes Its Name". Official site of Seoul Metropolitan Government. Retrieved 2015-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Objective of the Foundation". The Seoul Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-30.