King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have become honorary citizens of Seoul.
The king and queen of Spain will be making a state visit to Korea on October 23-24, 2019. They will visit Seoul City Hall on the 24th (Thurs.) at 12:30 p.m. to receive honorary citizenships from Mayor Park Won-soon.
Before the conferment ceremony, Mayor Park Won-soon will first show them the Digital Mayor’s Office, in which the king and queen have expressed interest. The Digital Mayor’s Office is a cutting-edge system that shares the data directly related to the lives of citizens, such as real-time disaster management and changes in the consumer price index for living necessaries. Also, Mayor Park Won-soon will speak to the king and queen of Spain on the “reinforcement of exchanges and cooperation between Seoul and the cities of Spain.”
As other royal families from Europe that have visited Korea expressed interest in the city of Seoul, the diplomacy of the city is going smoothly. Mayor Park Won-soon has introduced the excellent policies of Seoul to the king of Belgium who visited Korea in March, the prince of Denmark in May, and now to the king and queen of Spain.
Mayor Park Won-soon said, “This year is the 500th anniversary of Magellan sailing around the world in the Spanish exhibition. The strength and merits of Spain, including not only its art and culture, but also finance, architecture, and start-up industry, are expanding their presence on the global stage. More and more Seoulites are learning Spanish and visiting Spain. I hope that the visit of the king and queen of Spain becomes a catalyst to increase the frequency of exchanges between Seoul and the cities of Spain. I think their becoming honorary citizens of Seoul means that the Spanish people also become citizens of Seoul.”