Seoul Mayor, Park Won Soon, hosted a “2011 Seoul Honorary Citizenship Ceremony” to mark the Seoul Honorary Citizens’ Day and presented 16 foreigners living in Seoul with honorary citizenships. The ceremony took place at the Sejong Hall in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on October 28.
The “Seoul Honorary Citizenships” have been awarded since 1958 to foreigners, foreign heads of states, chief administrative executives, and foreign diplomats who have contributed to boosting the foundation for international exchange and the development of Seoul as an advanced global city.
A total of 666 foreigners from 91 countries have been named honorary Seoul citizens, including the 16 foreigners who received honorary citizenships this year. By country, the participants include 168 from the U.S., 40 from Japan, 29 from Germany, 29 from China, 24 from the U.K., 16 from France, and 14 from Canada.
Following the award ceremony, at 1 pm, the new honorary citizens went on a tour of the Seoul Museum of History, Changdeokgung Palace, and Bukchon Hanok Village in order to help build up a consensus about Seoul’s history and culture.
In order to elevate honor and to help the honorary citizens contribute to the development of Seoul by allowing them to participate in city administration through a systematic network with honorary Seoul citizens, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will implement a “Project to Touch the Hearts of Honorary Citizens,” beginning on this year’s Honorary Citizens’ Day.