FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2013
MAYOR CALDWELL WELCOMES DELEGATIONS FROM SEOUL AND INCHEON
(Fri., Jan. 11, 2013)—Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ernie Martin today welcomed visiting delegations from Seoul and Incheon and signed agreements reaffirming their sister-city relationships with Honolulu.
“Honolulu shares a strong connection with Korea, and we’re very proud that Seoul and Incheon are our sister cities,” Caldwell said. “These agreements strengthen the friendship between our citizens, and promote international good will and understanding.”
“The people of Hawaii and Korea share strong historical and cultural bonds that have been preserved through business and cultural interaction over the years,” Martin said. “Our Seoul and Incheon sister-city relationships serve to promote cooperation and communication between our city governments and can provide even greater opportunities for business, social and cultural exchanges in the future.”
Seoul has been a sister-city of Honolulu for 40 years, and Incheon has been a sister for ten. Honolulu has 29 sister-cities throughout the world.
Caldwell and Martin hosted a re-affirmation ceremony in the Council chambers and signed agreements with Seoul Metropolitan Government Assistant Mayor Hyo-sung Jung; and with Incheon Metropolitan City Mayor Young-gil Song and International Advisor Sosuk Ko.
Seoul is the capital and largest city in South Korea, and has a population of more than ten million. Incheon is the country’s third-largest city, with a population of nearly three million. Both cities are part of the Seoul National Capital Area, which has a total population of 24 million and is considered the world’s second-largest metropolitan area.
Media Contact: Jesse Broder Van Dyke, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928.