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Latest update : 2012-10-01

'We built this city... to work far from Seoul'

South Korea is moving several of its administrative offices 120 kilometres outside the capital, Seoul, to a newly created, purpose-built city called Sejong. Inspired by the city of Brasilia in Brazil, the idea is to reduce congestion on Seoul's roads. Yet shortly after its official opening, state employees are not happy at having to live and work so far from their families. Even the government itself is starting to wonder if such a plan can really work.

By Marie LINTON , Guillaume BRESSION

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