The two leading candidates to become South Korea’s next president entered the metaverse to answer questions from avatars believed to be controlled by voters in their 20s and 30s.

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Fast facts

  • Ruling Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung and opposing conservative People’s Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol’s avatars appeared on local cable TV network MBN’s metaverse on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
  • The two avatars of the presidential candidates answered to a virtual panel of South Korean citizens who asked questions on unemployment and housing market policies.
  • Both candidates have made election promises that advocate digital assets to win over younger, crypto-savvy voters.
  • Recent data from the country’s financial regulator found over half of the nation’s 5.58 million crypto traders are in their 20s and 30s.
  • Presidential elections will be held on Wednesday, March 9, with ballot counting scheduled to commence immediately after voting, 7:30 pm local Korea time.

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