The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea is transforming into a more advanced digital parliament.
Rotunda Hall, which symbolizes the sun, gives a special refinement to the National Assembly.
The plenary chamber, an embodiment of state-of-the-art information technologies, is lit by 365 light bulbs representing the 365 days of the year.
At the rear part of the chamber is a public gallery where ordinary citizens can watch the proceedings of the National Assembly.
The name plate on the Speaker?? seat had been written in Chinese characters since the Constituent Assembly. It was changed to the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, on Hangeul Day, 2013, to promote the excellence of the Korean letters.
The 3 monitors at the Speaker?? seat enable the Speaker to instantly check and conduct proceedings.
In front of the main podium is the stenographers??station, where proceedings are recorded verbatim.
Each Member?? seat has an electronic name plate.
Each Member?? chair can be adjusted according to their needs to minimize fatigue from long sessions.
The Members??lounge outside the plenary chamber provides a rest area where Members can have casual conversations.
Each Member?? monitor is easily operated by touching the screen, and a password is required to gain access.
Members can access bills and other documents for the order of the day by touching the screen.
Bills and other documents are provided in an e-book format, which is the core aspect of our paperless plenary chamber. Members can easily turn pages, zoom in and out, check the table of contents, and search for detail contents.
Important notices are posted on the bulletin board in real time.
Members can exchange instant messages during sessions using their terminal devices.
Members can access bills, past minutes and other necessary information via the National Assembly Information System.
During sessions, Members can call for assistance by touching the Staff Call icon.
For most bills on the agenda including legislative and budget bills, Members cast votes on their individual monitor, and the results are immediately displayed on the electronic boards at the front. A separate voting device with buttons is also available as a backup system.
Secret ballots are also done by a touchscreen-based voting system.
Simply by touching the screen, Members can vote quickly and precisely.
Outside the voting booths, you can see the counts of votes and voters.
Members can adjust the height and direction of the podium to face government officials during interpellation sessions.
The podium for government officials has a monitor connected to the electronic boards, which helps with the effective presentation of data and references.
The two electronic boards at the front can display high-definition digital videos and various graphic materials.
Staff in the video control room manage bills and other documents displayed on the Members??monitors, and control the electronic boards.
With tradition and state-of-the-art technology being integrated into each other, the National Assembly strides towards a smart and advanced future.