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Gwangju International Exchange Activities

Through a wide range of international exchange programs, including those with our sister cities abroad, expanded exchanges with other foreign cities, hosting of international conferences, and greater efforts to attract foreign investment capital, the city of Gwangju has been exerting tremendous efforts to solidify its status as a leading global city in the 21st Century, the era of globalization.

Current Status of Sister Cities in Foreign Countries

Tainan City, Taiwan (sisterhood relationship concluded on September 17, 1968)
Location: Tainan area of Taiwan (southwestern area)
Size: 176㎢ (population: 750,000)
Features of the region: a regional hub in the southern part of Taiwan in areas of economy, culture, transportation and education
Major industries: manufacturing industries (weaving, machinery, metals and plastic)
Major exchange programs: cultural exchanges, 12 official visits including youth orchestra's visits

* The street extending from Nam (south) Gwangju 4 Geori to the Nongseong Underground Roadway was named "Daenam-ro" in commemoration of the conclusion of the sister city agreement.
There is also a street named "Gwangju-ro" in Tainan.

San Antonio, U.S.A. (Sister city relationship established on February 4, 1982)
Location: Texas, U.S.A.
Size: 488㎢ (population: 1.28 million)
Features of the region: strategic transportation center in the south-central U.S. including airports and railways; a military city with five bases nearby
Major industries: trade, distribution and tourism
Major exchange programs: 46 active exchanges between cultural art groups and economic delegates
Guangzhou City, China (Sisterhood relationship established on October 25, 1996)
Location: Guangdong Province, China (160 km. by land from Hong Kong)
Size: 7,434㎢ (population: 6.5 million)
Features of the region: economic, cultural and transportation hub in southern China
Major industries: trade and manufacturing sectors (metals)
Major exchange programs: 90 active exchanges including trade expositions, cultural arts groups, visits to the World Cup and the Biennale
Since the preliminary match of the Chinese national soccer team in Gwangju for the 2002 World Cup, the road in front of World Cup Stadium was renamed to "Guangzhou" Road, and a sign made of rock was unveiled(June 4, 2002).
Medan, Indonesia (Sister city relationship established on September 24, 1997)
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia (in far northwest)
Size: 268㎢ (population: 2 million)
Features of the region: the third largest city in Indonesia and a major city in northern Sumatra
Major industries: agriculture (tobacco, coconut, tea, rubber), commerce (trade center for natural resources)
Major exchange programs: 47 active exchanges including student home stays, expositions, visits by entrepreneurs, inspection of industrial complexes, and visits to Biennale and World Cup matches
Sendai City, Japan (Sister city relationship established on April 20, 2002)
Location: a central city in the northeastern area
Size: 788㎢ (population: 1.01 million)
Features of the region: Political, economic, educational, cultural and transportation hub for the northeastern part of Japan
Major industries: petroleum, manufacturing of earthen tubes, thermal power, specialized steel, textiles
Major exchange programs: 131 active exchanges including culture, economy, sports, flower arranging and visits to the Biennale and World Cup matches
To commemorate the conclusion of the sister city agreement between Gwangju and Sendai, Sendai named a city bus line the "Lake Gwangju" line (April 20, 2002)
The road that stretches 1,800 meters along Jung-ro 1-34 around Gwangju World Cup Stadium (starting point), and West and South Gates of Gwangju World Cup Stadium (via) was designated as "Sendai Road" (May 1, 2005)
Zhangqiu, China (sisterhood relationship established on December 18, 2014)
Location: Southeastern area of Shanxi in China
Size: 13,864㎢ (population: 3.31 million)
Features of the region: a national plantation city reputed for coal, electricity, steel and cement industries
  • Mining resources: rich amount of coal and iron ore
  • Tourism resources: Taihang Mountains
Major exchange programs: 3 exchanges including sisterhood relationship agreement between Gwangju and Zhangqiu in 2014 and cooperation in tourism exchanges

Division in Charge : International Relations Division

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