Hanam City, South Korea

Hanam City, South Korea

Liaisons – Robert Coon and Melanie Berman

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Little Rock’s Sister City of Hanam City, South Korea was formalized on May 19, 1992, by Little Rock Mayor Sharon Priest and the Little Rock City Board. Hanam City is the second oldest Sister City relationship in Little Rock.

 

The relationship between Hanam City and Little Rock started because Grand Master H.U. Lee of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) was interested in forming a relationship between the two cities. H.U. Lee founded the ATA and located its headquarters in Little Rock.

 

Additionally, the Korean War Veterans Memorial in MacArthur Park, which was dedicated June 25, 2007, had significant financial and cultural support from our friends in Hanam City.

 

City Profile

 

Hanam City became a city on January 1, 1989, and has a history going back to 6 B.C. Hanam City is geographically located in the middle east of the Seoul metropolitan area with a population of about 150,000 people. The city is located near Seoul’s vast transportation network connecting to all directions of the Korean nation. It is a clean city with a beautiful natural environment and cultural heritage.

 

The government of Hanam City is an open administration together with the citizens. It is based on a clear and customer oriented system in building a clean future for the city guaranteeing a high quality of life. Hanam City promotes itself as, “A Green City within Nature, Fresh Nature within a City.” The city has a cultural heritage full of ancestral spirits. Hanam City being the center of history from the ancient times, it is a city where nature and tradition harmonize, and also is a place where the breath of their ancestors can be felt.

Former Liaison Bob Callans, Hanam City Mayor Lee Kyo-Bum, and Liaison Robert Coon in Hanam City

Former Liaison Bob Callans, Hanam City Mayor Lee Kyo-Bum, and Liaison Robert Coon in Hanam City

Hanam City provides its citizens with cultural festivals, public sports, social welfare, the arts, education for the 21st century, healthcare, balanced urban development with agriculture and development of housing for the future. The relationship with Little Rock shows its efforts with international exchanges.

 

Little Rock and Hanam City regularly interact through the sending and receiving of Sister City Delegations.  Additionally, our cities have participated in a student exchange program several times, most recently with the Mayor’s Youth Ambassadors visiting Hanam City in July of 2012.  Hanam City plans on sending its youth exchange group to Little Rock in early 2013.

Hanam City students visiting Little Rock Central High School

Hanam City students visiting Little Rock Central High School

Hanam City students visiting the Old State House Museum

Hanam City students visiting the Old State House Museum