Seogwipo City, South Korea - Salinas' Newest Sister City!

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News Date: 
June 28, 2018

The sister city relationship between the City of Salinas and Seogwipo City, Jeju Island, South Korea was formalized on June 25, 2018, with the signing of the Sister City Relationship Agreement by Mayor Joe Gunter and Mayor Lee, Sang-soon. Councilmembers Barrera, Craig, and McShane also greeted the 11-member delegation. The visit included a discussion on the history of Salinas, AgTech and agriculture in the Salinas Valley, and concluded with tours of the John Steinbeck Library, the National Steinbeck Center, and Merrill Farms. This was a positive opportunity to highlight the commonalities between our respective cities as we look towards the strengthening and development of the Relationship. 

Seogwipo City is located in the southernmost part of South Korea and has a population of over 186,000 residents. Like Salinas, the agriculture industry plays a significant role in their economy, with their specialty being citrus. Jeju Island produces Korea’s best agriculture, fishery, and livestock products and is considered the best destination of green tourism and ecotourism in East Asia. They are the first established green resort tourist city in Korea.