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Seongnam
source: Foreign Affairs Office of Shenyang Municipal People's Goverment  2018-05-16 12:07

Moment of contracting

August 31, 1998, in order to promote the social and economy development between Shenyang of China, and Seongnam of South Korea, Shenyang and Seongnam established sister-city relationship officially.The signing ceremony was held in Shenyang. Mayors of the two cities signed on the agreement on the establishment of sister-city relationship on behalf of Shenyang and Seongnam. They also signed the cooperative agreement of friendly exchange.

Walking in Seongnam

Basic situation of the city

Seongnam is located in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province, the central part of Korean peninsula. It's located to the south of Seoul, the capital of Korea. It's a new city of the capital circle which is developing rapidly. It's the 8th largest city and the largest autonomous city of Korea.Most of the city is mountainous. A river flows through the city.The total area of Seongnam is 141.82 square kilometers. The population is 977,166 (by 2004).Since it's population is approximately one million, a movement to have Seongnam designated a metropolitan city capable of governing itself has arisen.

Geographic location

The north part of Seongnam is next to Gangdong District of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It's about 26km away from the center of Seoul. The city has Yongin on the south, Suwan, Uiwang and Gwacheon on the west, Gwangju and Hanam on the east.

Climate

Seongnam has a temperate climate and four distinctive seasons. The average temperature is from 10 degree centigrade to 12 degree centigrade.Spring comes in March. It becomes warm and sunshine in the middle of April;It's hot and rainy in Summer;Autumn in Seongnam is dry and cool. Red leaves cover the mountains.It becomes quite cold from the end of November to February.

History

The city is named after its location. Seongnam is on the south of Namhansanseong Fortress which was built during Joseon Dynasty.In 18 BC, ancestor of Baekje, Onjo, took Seongnam as the capital.

Seongnam was a part of Gwangju-gu, Gyeonggi-do province. It was developed from the beginning of the establishment of the Republic of Korea.It was upgraded into a city in 1973.

Administrative division

The whole city has 3 gu and 44 dong.The three gu are:Sujeong-gu in the northwest part, Jungwon-gu in the northeast part and Bundang-gu in the south.

Economy

Seongnam has many enterprises, most of which are medium and small size enterprises. The major industries are electrical/electrics, fabric, mechanics, chemistry and food. Total annual exports can reach 600 million US dollars.Seongnam is also one of the most advanced region for hi-tech industry and game industry. Major industries are online games, semiconductor, telecommunication and environmental protection. The financial income ranks No.1 among all the cities of Gyeonggi-do. Seongnam is now building Game Harbor, which is designed to be the largest game development hub of Korea and even in Northeast Asia.

Peony Folk Culture 5-Day Fairis the largest folk culture fair of Seongnam formed naturally from 1962. It's held every 5 days. More than 800 booths will get together on the fair day.

Culture and education

Seongnam is a traditional modernized city. It doesn't only inherited and carried on the long history of Korea, but also integrated it with modern art.Cultural inheritance of Namhansanseong Fortress has been distributed all over the city.The famous Namhansanseong Fortress and Bongguksa Temple are the cultural inheritance of Seongnam.Besides, Seongnam Art Center, Central Park and Iae-dong Natural Park are also the great places for citizens of Seongnam.City flower of Seongnam is rhododendron. City bird is magpie. City tree is gingko.

Friendly exchanges

Since the establishment of friendly relationship with Seongnam in 1995, the governments of the two cities has made joint effort and carried out productive exchanges and cooperations in culture, education, economy, trade and business. Mutual understanding and friendship has been enhanced ever after. In June, 1997, Shenyang government delegation paid a friendly visit to Seongnam and signed intention agreement for the establishment of sister city relationship.August 31, 1998, Kim Byung-yeong, mayor of Seongnam visited Shenyang and signed the agreement for the establishment of sister-city relationship. The two cities officially established sister-city relationship by then. In 2001, Shenyang government delegation led by Chen Zhenggao, Shenyang mayor, visited Seongnam and met with Kim Byung-yeong, who conferred Chen Zhenggao "honorable citizen of Seongnam".May 17, 2005, Chen Zhenggao, Shenyang mayor, and Lee Dae-yep, mayor of Seongnam, cut the ribbon and planted the China-Korea friendship tree for Shenyang Expo Conference Korea Seongnam Park.Lee Dae-yep was awarded the title "honorable citizen of Shenyang". Chen presented the certificate of honorable citizen certificate and the "golden key".October 17, Shenyang themed park was then built at Korea Seongnam Central Park. March 19, 2006, Shenyang government delegation led by Li Yingjie, Shenyang mayor, and Song Qi, vice mayor of Shenyang, visited Seongnam.The 7th China (Shenyang) Korea Week activity jointly hosted by Shenyang People's Government and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Shenyang was held from May 16 to May 23, 2008. Lee Dae-yep, mayor of Seongnam, and Lee Soo-young, speaker of national assembly of South Korea attended the activity.The 10th anniversary for the establishment of sister-city relationship between Shenyang and Seongnam was held during the activity. Shenyang mayor Li Yingjie presented the appreciation trophy to Lee Dae-yep, mayor of Seongnam, for the contribution he has made for the development of sister-city relationship between the two cities.On the invitation of Korea General Labor Federation Seongnam Branch, the delegation led by Zhao Chunping, executive vice chairman of Shenyang General Labor Federation, visited Seongnam Labor Federation to have exchanges and communication of work.The delegation led by Liu Yaqin, chairman of Shenyang municipal committee of CPPCC, and Qi Ming, vice mayor of Shenyang, visited Seongnam and Seoul of South Korea.During the visit, the delegation met with Lee Jae-Myung, mayor of Seongnam, and Jang Dae-hun, speaker of city council.

From 2002, Shenyang decided to host "Korea week" activity each year. Shenyang has already hosted 11 Korea week activities by 2012. Seongnam would sent delegations to Shenyang to attend "Korea week" and bring relevant cooperation projects to enhance the exchange and cooperation in culture and economy between the two cities.

Editor: zfw05