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International Sister Cities

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Asuncion, Paraguay
Asuncion, Paraguay
Name of the City Asuncion
Date Feb. 15, 1994
  • Jun. 8, 1993 : Paraguayan embassy to Korea suggested affiliation with Seoul
  • Dec. 8, 1993 : Agreed to affiliation of Songpa-gu and Asuncion
  • Jan. 14, 1994 : The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs approved the affiliation between the cities
Place of Affiliation Songpa-gu
Dimension 117㎢
Population 510,000
  • Capital of Paraguay
  • International commercial harbor near Paraguay river
  • Center of politics, economy, culture and education
Karaganda, Kazahstan
Karaganda, Kazahstan
Name of the City Karaganda
Date May 31, 1994
Government Head Bauzan Abdishev
Place of Affiliation Songpa-gu
Dimension 364㎢
Population 600,000
  • Traffic center connecting north and south by railroad and highway
  • Area to which people of Goryeo were forced to move (over 10,000 people settled)
  • Mining and stock-farming
Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Name of the City Christchurch
Date Feb. 10, 1995
Government Head Lianne Dalziel
  • Nov. 5, 1993 : New Zealand’s honorary consul to Korea Clyde Sucden visited Songpa-gu, suggested sister affiliation
  • Jan. 18, 1995 : The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs approved the affiliation between the cities
Place of Affiliation Christchurch
Dimension 1432.5㎢
Population 310,000
Tonghua, Jilin, China
Tonghua, Jilin, China
Name of the City Tonghua
Date Sep. 21, 1996
Government Head Gyohang
  • Feb. 12, 1996 : Deputy mayor of Tonghua Chunwon Gok suggested affiliation
  • Aug. 26, 1996 : 4 officers including deputy secretary visited Songpa-gu
Place of Affiliation Tonghua
Dimension 15,195㎢
Population 2.3 million
  • Abundant agricultural, waterpower and forest sources
  • Wine, pharmacy, made fur manufacturing
  • Capital of Goguryeo’s heyday; many Goguryeo remains
Chingeltei, Ulaanbaatar, Mongol
Chingeltei, Ulaanbaatar, Mongol
Name of the City Chingeltei, Ulaanbaatar
Date Mar. 24, 2005
Government Head D. Ganbold
Details Feb. 2002 : Seoul city councilor Seungju Yu delivered the intention of affiliation with Chingeltei, Ulaanbaatar
Place of Affiliation Songpa-gu
Dimension 89.3㎢
Population 90,000
  • Center of Ulaanbaatar, the capital
  • Center of finance and circulation; well-developed construction industry
  • Populated with major banks, department stores and education facilities of all levels
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Name of the City Chaoyang District, Beijing
Date October 13, 2007
Government Head 吳桂英
Place of Affiliation Chaoyang District
Area (km2) 470.8km2
Population 2,900,000
Description Host to the Beijing Olympics; WHO certified Safe City; a national hub for politics, history, industry and trade, and home to Beijing’s largest Korean expat community (Wangjing -30,000 Korean residents)
Minhang District, Shanghai, China
Minhang District, Shanghai, China
Name of the City Minhang District, Shanghai
Date May 14, 2009
Government Head 趙祝平
Place of Affiliation Minhang District
Area (km2) 371.68 km2
Population 880,000
Description Transportation hub, designated as a green city, a city that boasts of having an advanced science and technology field
Fairfax County, Virginia, US
Fairfax County, Virginia, US
Name of the City Fairfax County, Virginia
Date September 24, 2009
Government Head Sharon Bulova
Place of Affiliation Songpa-gu
Area (km2) 1,053 km2
Population 1,040,000
Description Top ranking US city in terms of education and household income, acknowledged center of trade, located near the national capital of Washington D.C.
Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany
Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany
Name of the City Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin
Date September 11, 2013
Government Head Norbert Kopp
Place of Affiliation Germany
Area (km2) 102.2 km2
Population 290,000
Description Retail intensive area, city of education, home to the Berlin University, city of forests and lakes
1. May 2011 : Proposal for sister city affiliation with Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Germany (Songpa Volunteer Center)
2. May 20, 2011 : Delivered letter of proposal along with an introduction of the LivCom Awards Response delayed due to the June 2011 Municipal Elections in Germany
3. June 20, 2012 : Decision by the City Council of Steglitz-Zehlendorf to accept Songpa’s sister city affiliation proposal
4. September 25, 2012 : Steglitz-Zehlendorf officials propose a visit to Songpa (airfare paid for by the German city, accommodations (room and food) supported by Songpa) to which Songpa accepted
5. October 17, 2012 : Invitation letter sent (for 5 days from April 15th)
6. October 29, 2012 : Acceptance letter received for April visit (4 nights, 5 days visit)
7. January 10, 2013 : List of entourage received (Head of city and 5 other members)
8. April 15 - 19, 2013 : Songpa visit and signing of MOU (head of Steglitz-Zehlendorf and 5 other members)
9. September 9 – 13, 2013 : Sister City Affiliation Ceremony (Songpa Gu mayor and 5 other members) at Steglitz-Zehlendorf