A peek into Samsung's Digital City headquarters

We know a little about Apple's upcoming spaceship campus, but what do you see when you enter Samsung's headquarters?


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Samsung's headquarters, dubbed the Digital City, is based in Suwon, South Korea.

On Thursday, the electronics giant shared a glimpse of what it is like to work in the city, which is hosted on 389 acres of land. There are four office towers up to 38 floors high and 131 smaller buildings, including research labs, offices, recreational facilities, guesthouses and parks.

Each day, almost 35,000 employees commute to the city to work.

The first research and development lab was opened in 1980, dubbed R1 by Samsung. The latest, R5, was opened in 2013, and the company says the city has always been a core R&D hub. However, the Suwon campus is not just limited to Samsung's employees.

The company has also tapped into tourism, by opening the Samsung Innovation Museum to the public this year, a place that is "dedicated to capturing the evolution of the electronics industry over the past century and beyond." In addition, events are organized each week including concerts, fashion shows and talk shows -- and 690 "cultural clubs" keep employees entertained on their breaks. These clubs span across interests from Korean folk painting to paragliding and cooking.

In addition, Samsung's headquarters hosts 490 sports clubs, and offers a swimming pool, basketball and badminton courts and baseball diamonds.

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Chefs serve up to 72,000 free meals in Samsung's cafeterias each day, and over 90 menus have been created for breakfast, lunch and dinner to employees and visitors from different cultural backgrounds.


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Employees also have access to a number of medical facilities on the campus, ranging from flu shots to dentistry and acupuncture. Finally, for staff with children, over 150 teachers are on site.

In related news, progress on Apple's new campus -- referred to by late co-founder Steve Jobs as a "spaceship," has been captured by drone . The launch of the campus is anticipated in 2016, and the drone's footage reveals foundations laid in a circular shape -- which will eventually become the ring that will contain offices, labs and training areas.

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