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International Exchange Activities

Through active interaction with city councils of major cities around the world, Seoul Metropolitan Council is deepening reciprocal partnerships with its counterparts and widely promoting how the City is run, thereby helping to raise the Council's status.

Various materials on council activities in advanced cities are collected for comparison and analysis, through overseas training for Council members. Seoul Metropolitan Council works to ensure that these training sessions serve as opportunities to improve citizen's welfare.

Exchange Cities of Seoul Metropolitan Council

Exchange Cities of Seoul Metropolitan Council

Political Party
No. City Country(Region) Relations
1 New South Wales Australia Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’91.11.8.), Agreement on Exchange of Visits between City Councils(’96.8.28.)
2 Mexico City Mexico Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’92.10.5.), Agreement on Exchange of Visits between City Councils(’97.4.16.)
3 Ankara Turkey Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’71.8.23.), Agreement on Exchange of Visits between City Councils(’97.7.23.)
4 Warsaw Poland Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’96.6.20.), Agreement on Exchange of Visits between City Councils(’97.7.29.)
5 Moscow Russia Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’91.7.13.), Agreement on Exchange of Visits between City Councils(’97.4.1.)
6 Ulaanbaatar Mongolia Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’95.10.6.), Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between City Councils( ’97.8.27.)
7 Nur-Sultan
(formerly Astana)
Kazakhstan Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’04.11.6.), Protocol of Intent between City Councils(’05.5.5.)
8 Bangkok Thailand Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’06.6.16.), Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between City Councils( ’07.11.26.)
9 Sao Paulo Brazil Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’77.4.20.), Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between City Councils( ’11.5.23.)
10 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between City Councils(’16.1.14.)
11 Wellington New Zealand Friendly City Agreement between City Governments(’16.7.18.), Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between City Councils( ’18.1.18.)
12 Zhejiang China Friendly City Agreement between City Governments(’09.4.10.), Protocol of Intent between City Councils(’01.3.30.)
13 Almaty Kazakhstan Protocol of Intent between City Councils(’01.5.9.)
14 Honolulu USA Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’73.10.22.), Letter of Intent on Cooperation between City Councils(’13.3.13.)
15 Amman Jordan Exchanged intent of exchanges and cooperation between City Councils
16 Marseille France Exchanged intent of exchanges and cooperation between City Councils
17 British Columbia Canada Proposed to implement exchanges and cooperation between City Councils on the SMC delegation’s visit to British Columbia Legislative Assembly(’18.10.)
18 Shanghai China Friendly City Agreement between City Governments(’14.11.4.)
19 Taipei Taiwan Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’68. 3.23.)
20 San Francisco USA Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’76. 5.18.)
21 Bogota Colombia Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’82. 6.14.)
22 Jakarta Indonesia Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’84. 7.25.)
23 Tokyo Japan Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’88. 9. 3.)
24 Paris France Sister City Agreement between City Governments (’91.11.12.)
25 Beijing China Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’93.10.23.)
26 Ha Noi Viet Nam Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’96. 5. 1.)
27 Cairo Egypt Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’97. 4.27.)
28 Rome Italy Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’00. 3.18.)
29 Washington D.C. USA Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’06. 3.13.)
30 Athens Greece Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’06. 5.15.)
31 Tashkent Uzbekistan Sister City Agreement between City Governments(’10. 7. 2.)
32 Guizhou China Exchanged intent of exchanges and cooperation between City Councils

Visits to Foreign Cities by Seoul Metropolitan Council Delegations

Political Party
Year Destinations
2020~21 Visits suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
2019 Ulaanbaatar, Ankara/Istanbul, Honolulu, Beijing/Shanghai
2018 New South Wales/ Wellington, Jakarta, British Columbia (Canada), Hanoi, Bangkok
2017 Bangkok, Bishkek/ Almaty, Ankara, Ulaanbaatar, Taipei, Tokyo
2016 Tokyo, New South Wales, Bishkek, Jakarta, British Columbia (Canada), Hanoi/ Vientiane, Shanghai
2015 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Ankara, Canberra/ Sydney/ Auckland
2014 New South Wales, Taipei, Jakarta, Hanoi, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Amman
2013 Bangkok, Honolulu, Ulaanbaatar, Ankara, Beijing, Tokyo
2012 Jakarta, Tokyo, Zhejiang, Bangkok, Hanoi
2011 Ulaanbaatar, Hanoi
2010 Tokyo, Beijing

Invitation of Foreign City Council Delegations to Seoul Metropolitan Council

Political Party
Year Cities Hosted
2020~21 Visits suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic
2019 Ulaanbaatar, Honolulu, Bankok
2018 Bangkok, Ankara, Wellington, Honolulu, Beijing
2017 Hanoi, Jakarta
2016 Bishkek, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ankara, Ulaanbaatar
2015 Shanghai, Bangkok
2014 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Ankara
2013 Jakarta, Tokyo, Honolulu, Hanoi
2012 Ankara, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing
2011 Tokyo
2010 Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Ankara