The Seoul Metropolitan Government conferred honorary citizenship to San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and presented him the citizenship certificate on Dec. 1st, 2016.
Particularly, the year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary since the establishment of the sister city relationship between the two cities in May 1976. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon held a performance celebrating the 40th anniversary in San Francisco in September 2016, and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee visited Seoul in return for the Seoul Mayor’s visit to San Francisco.
Mayor Edwin Lee, a former human rights lawyer, was elected as San Francisco Mayor in 2011, becoming the first Asian American San Francisco Mayor, and was reelected in 2015. He has a lot of things in common with Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, who won reelection in 2014.
Seoul’s Honorary Citizenship is awarded to foreigners who have lived in Seoul for three consecutive years or more than five years, or to important people from abroad who visited the city.