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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay
City name Asuncion
Date of signing February 15, 1994
Mayor Mario Ferreiro
Details of the agreement

Jun. 8, 1993: The Paraguayan Embassy in Korea suggested affiliation with Seoul City.

Dec. 8, 1993: Seoul City agreed to sign an affiliation agreement between Songpa-gu and Asuncion.

Jan. 14, 1994: The Ministry of Home Affairs of Korea approved the affiliation between the two cities.

Place of signing Songpa-gu
Total area 117 ㎢
Population 510,000
Features of the city

The capital of Paraguay

A city with an international trading port near the Paraguay River

A center of politics, economy, culture, and education

Karaganda, Kazahstan

araganda, Kazahstan
City name Asuncion
Date of signing May 31, 1994
Mayor Nurmukhambet Abdibekov
Details of the agreement

364 ㎢4, 1993: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea included Karaganda in candidate sister city list.

Mar. 15, 1994: The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the affiliation between Seoul and the city.

Place of signing Songpa-gu
Total area 364 ㎢
Population 600,000
Features of the city

A traffic center where railroads and highways intersect, connecting north and south

An area to which Korean Kazakhs were forced to move (over 10,000 Korean Kazakhs living in the city)

A city of mining and stock-farming

Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand
City name Christchurch
Date of signing February 10, 1995
Mayor Lianne Dalziel
Details of the agreement

Nov. 5, 1993: Clyde Sucden, New Zealand honorary consul to Korea, visited Songpa-gu and suggested sister-city affiliation between Christchurch and Seoul.

Jan. 18, 1995: The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the affiliation between the two cities.

Place of signing Christchurch
Total area 1432.5 ㎢
Population 310,000
Features of the city

The second city in New Zealand

A center of politics, economy, culture, and tourism of the South island

A city of parks surrounded by English style parks

[Christchurch City’s promotional video]
https://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/en/christchurch-story

[Video about studying in Christchurch]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SmLiHDRqTA

Tonghua, Jilin, China

Tonghua, Jilin, China
City name Tonghua
Date of signing Sep. 21, 1996
Mayor Li Ping (李平)
Details of the agreement

Tonghua996: Deputy mayor of Tonghua Chunwon Gok visited Songpa-gu and suggested exchanges between the two cities.

Aug. 26, 1996: Four officers including deputy secretary from Tonghua visited Songpa-gu.

Place of signing Tonghua
Total area 15,195㎢
Population 2.3 million
Features of the city

Abundant in agricultural, waterpower, and forest resources

Highly-developed wine, medicine, and artificial fur manufacturing industries

Replete with the relics of Goguryeo (The city was the capital of Goguryeo during its golden age)

Fairfax County, Virginia, USA

Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
City name Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
Date of signing Sep. 24, 2009
Mayor Sharon Bulova
Place of signing Songpa-gu
Total area 1,053 ㎢
Population 1.04 million
Features of the city

Top ranked US city in terms of educational level and household income

The most active trade center in the US

Adjacent to Washington DC, the national capital

Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany

Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Berlin, Germany
City name Steglitz-Zehlendorf
Date of signing Sep. 11, 2013
Mayor Cerstin Richter-Kotowski
Place of signing Germany
Total area 102.2 ㎢
Population 290,000
Features of the city

A densely commercial area

A center of education, home to many Berlin universities

A city of forests and lakes

Panyu District, Guangzhou, China

Panyu District, Guangzhou, China
City name Panyu District
Date of signing June 16, 2004
Mayor Chen Dejun (陈德俊)
Place of signing Panyu District
Total area 786 ㎢
Population 1.17 million
Features of the city

The center of the Pearl River delta, connecting Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau

Home to the Guangzhou Office of University Education and the Guangzhou Office of International Consumer Goods Fair and Trade

Replete with tourism resources including cultural and natural sites

Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Chingeltei District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
City name Chingeltei District
Date of signing March 24, 2005
Mayor E. ERDENEBAT
Details of the agreement Feb. 2002: Seoul City Council Member Yu Seung-ju conveyed the city’s willingness to exchange with Chingeltei District to the local government.
Place of signing Songpa-gu
Total area 89.3 ㎢
Population 90,000
Features of the city

A center of Ulaanbaatar

A center of finance and distribution and the highly developed construction industry

Populated with major banks, department stores, and education facilities of all levels

Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
City name Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (中國 北京市 朝陽區)
Date of signing Oct. 13, 2007
Mayor Wang Hao (王灏)
Place of signing Chaoyang District
Total area 470.8 ㎢
Population 2.9 million
Features of the city

A main venue of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games

A safe city certified by WHO

A hub for politics, history, industry, and trade, and home to Beijing’s largest Korean community (30,000 Korean residents in Wangjing)

Minhang District, Shanghai, China

Minhang District, Shanghai, China
City name Minhang District, Shanghai, China (中國 上海市 闵行区)
Date of signing May 14, 2009
Mayor Nyao Ming (倪耀明)
Place of signing Minhang District
Total area 371.68 ㎢
Population 880,000
Features of the city

A traffic hub

A national eco city

A city with advanced scientific technology