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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

Taiwan - Tainan city ( Concluded sisterhood relationship in September 17th, 1968)
Location : Tainan Prefecture, Taiwan
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 : machinery, metals, spinning and weaving, plasticormation
Other regional sectors
  • educational institutes: National Cheng Kung University
  • leisure facilities: Ansungkobo (remains), Ukjaekueumsung (remains), the oldest capital of Taiwan with plentiful cultural artifacts
  • major facilities: Tainan Airport
History of Exchanges : cultural exchanges, youth orchestra visits and participation in the Gwangju Biennale

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

San Antonio, U.S.A. (established sister city relationship on February 4, 1982)
Location : Texas, U.S.A.
Size : 950㎢ (population: 1.2 million)
Features of the region: strategic transportation center in the south-central U.S. including airport and railways; a military city with five bases nearby
Major Industries: trade, distribution and tourism
History of Exchanges: Active exchanges within cultural art groups and economic groups
Other Regional Information
  • educational institutes: about 50 Catholic Parish schools, about 100 private middle schools,14 Universities
  • cultural facilities: The Texas Culture Center, Hemisfair Park, Botanic Garden and other culture facilities
  • Tourism Facilities : The Alamo Fortress
History of Exchanges : Visit of overseas market development team, Gwangju Biennale Opening participation, donation of May 18th Trees of Democracy, exchanges between economic delegates, dispatching public servants
China - Guangzhou City (Established sisterhood relationship on October 25, 1996)
Location : Guangzhou (160 km. by land from Hong Kong)
Size : 7,434㎢ (10 million population)
Features of the Region : economic, cultural and transportation hub in southern China
Major Industries : trade and manufacturing sectors (metal)
History of Exchanges : trade expositions, cultural arts groups, visits to the World Cup and the Biennale

* Since the preliminary match of Chinese soccer team in Gwangju for the 2002 World Cup, the road in front of World Cup Field was renamed to "Guangzhou," unveiling the sign rock (June 4, 2002)

* Commemorative monument in Gwangju Metropolitan City (sign rock of Guangzhou) was installed at Guangzhou Undae Park (November 3, 2003)

Medan, Indonesia (Established sister city relationship on September 24, 1997)
Location : Sumatra, Indonesia (in far northwest Indonesia)
Size : 268㎢ (population: 2.3 million population)
Features of the Region : The third largest city in Indonesia and the major city in northern Sumatra
Major Industries : agriculture (tobacco, coconut, tea, rubber), commerce (trade center for natural resources)
Other Regional Information
  • Major Resources : oil, rubber, coconut oil, tea and coffee
  • Culture Leisure : 19 high class hotels, 114 general hotels (nurturing the tourism-related industry)
  • Major Facilities : Polonia International Airport (5 international airlines), neighboring Belawan port, the largest port in Indonesia
History of Exchanges : student home stays, expositions, visits by entrepreneurs, inspection of industrial complexes, visits to Biennale and World Cup matches
Sendai, Japan (Established sister city relationship on April 20, 2002)
Location : a central city in northeastern part of Japan
Size : 788㎢ (population: 1.25 million)
Features of the Region : Political, economic, educational, cultural and transportation hub for the northeastern part of Japan
Major Industries : petroleum, manufacture of earthen tubes, thermal power, specialized steel, textiles- Other Regional Information
Other Regional Information
  • educational facilities: 127 primary schools, 110 middle and high schools, 17 universities
  • Cultural Leisure Activities : Sendai City Palace, Matsu Shima, Star Festival, Sendai Lights Festival, Zao Spa
  • Major Facilities : new Northeast Railway, Sendai Airport, Sendai Port, subway
History of Exchanges : exchanges including flower arranging, culture, economics, sports, visits to the Biennale and World Cup matches and the Kimchi Festival

* To commemorate the conclusion of the sister city agreement between Gwangju and Sendai, Sendai named a city bus line as the "Lake Gwangju" line (April 20, 2002).

* Notice: to appoint the road that stretches 1,800 meters along Jung-ro 1-34 around Gwangju World Cup Stadium (starting point), West and South Gates of Gwangju World Cup Stadium (via), and Jung-ro 1-33 (end of the line) as “Sendai Road” (May 1, 2005)

China - Zhangqiu (Established sisterhood relationship on December 17, 2014)
Location : Eastern-southern area of Shanxi in China
Size : 13,864㎢ ( 3.31 million population)
Local Characteristics : Rich amount of mining resources (coal or iron ore), a national plantation city, hygienic city
Major Industries : Industry (coal, electricity, steel, cement business), tourism
Other Local Situations
  • transportation: airport (operates to Zhangzhigang Airport, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Taiyuan), railroad (24 special railroad lines), roads (4 national road lines and 14 local road lines)
  • educational facilities: 6 universities, 13 high schools, 147 middle schools, 1,471 elementary schools
  • medical facilities: Total of 5,009 facilities, 243 hospitals and a hygiene center, 13,418 medical providers
Major Exchanges : Exchange of medical providers

Division in Charge :Human Rights & Peace Cooperation Office

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