International Exchanges

Exchange Status

Exchange Status
Nation City Date Note
U.S.Aa. Eugene January. 10, 1961 Sister city
Japan Kitami May. 16, 1985
Canada Winnipeg April . 1, 1992
Japan Kyoto April. 27, 1999 Partner city
Japan Matsue November. 10, 1999 Friendly city
China Zhengzhou July. 25, 2000
China Xian March 30, 2011

Current Status

Eugene City, Oregon, U.S.A.

Basic Status

  • Location : Northwestern part of U.S.A. on the coast of the North Pacific, it takes one hour from San Francisco by plane
  • Total area, Population : 64km2, 130,000 persons
  • Key Industries : Semiconductor, Lumber
  • Background of relationship : Eugene suggested first the establishment of the sisterhood relationship to Jinju, for the cooperative development of the two cities that have many similarities. (the first international sisterhood relationship in Korea)
  • Regional Features
    • The 2nd largest city in Oregon, a typical garden city, clear four seasons, the Willamette River crosses the city.
    • Educational facilities : University of Oregon
    • Culture & Leisure : Situated within 30km east from the North Pacific coast, tourism and sea sports facilities are scattered around the city.
    • Hyundai's semiconductor factory is producing the 8inch-wafer in Eugene.
    • Many Korean industries are making investment in Eugene, and an enterpriser from Jinju is running a steel mill in Eugene.

Kitami City, Hokkaido Japan

Basic Status

  • Location : Located in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Total area, Population : 421.08km2, 112,000 persons
  • Key Industries : Processing industries such as food, peppermint, onion and lumber
  • Background of relationship : at first, rotary clubs of both cities started the exchange, and then, Kitami City suggested the establishment of the sisterhood relationship to Jinju.
  • Regional Features
    • Industrial and economic center of Ohotsuku, a planned city
    • Four national parks are outside the city, a hub city of tourism
    • Educational facilities : 3 colleges, 6 high schools, 12 middle schools, 19 elementary schools
    • Culture & leisure : Kitami Art & Culture Center, Bangei Racetrack, Chrysanthemums Festival In 1992, Gyeongsang National University and Beijing University of Technology established the sisterhood relationship.

Winnipeg City, Manitoba Canada

Basic Status

  • Location : Middle of the border area between U.S.A. and Canada, a plain area
  • Total area, Population : 4,077.6km2, 631,000 persons
  • Background of relationship: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea suggested the establishment of the sisterhood relationship with Winnipeg to Jinju in 1991.
  • Regional Features
    • The 8th largest Canadian city, an educational and transportational hub, capital city of Manitoba Province
    • Culture & Leisure : World-renowned symphony orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, culture & Tourism city with various festivals
    • After one alternate visit in 1992, exchange has been stopped.

Matsue City, Shimane Ken Japan

Basic Status

  • Location : In the northwestern part of Honsyu, bounded by Busan on the north through the straits of Korea
  • Total area, Population : 221.38km2, 149,000 persons
  • Key Industries : Jewelry crafts, Lacquer ware (special product: Lake Shinji's 7 delicacies)
  • Background of relationship : Miyaoka Toshio, mayor of Matsue suggested the establishment of the friendly relationship(autograph letter, May, 1996)
  • Regional Features
    • Home of long history and culture, clear four seasons (average temperature 15°)
    • one of three major tourist attractions of Japan, center of politics, economy, culture, and transportation in Sanin region, Ken office is located.
    • City of lakes, Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi, yearly visitors: about four millions
    • Educational facilities : 2 colleges, 22 middle·Ehigh schools, 24 elementary schools
    • Culture & Leisure : Lake Shinji , Matsue Castle, the General Culture Center, hot spring, Shimane Ken City Art Gallery, street of Warrior's house, etc.

Kyoto City, Japan

Basic Status

  • Location : Neighboring city of Osaka
  • Total area, Population : 610.21km2, 1,460,000 persons
  • Key Industries : Fiber, Textile, Industrial art products
  • Background of relationship : Partner city relationship was established by Gyeongsang National University and Kyoto Art College.
  • Regional Features
    • Cradle of Japan's history and culture
    • Tourism and fiber industry are developed
    • Educational facilities : 22 colleges, 15 junior colleges, 154 middle/high schools, 198 elementary schools

Omsk(Russia) - Friendly City

Location : Southern extremity of the Western Siberia, bordering Kazakhstan (Incheon - Moscow - Omsk)

Basic Condition

Basic Condition
Population Area Climate Number of Korean Residents Mayor
Annual Mean Temperature Average Annual Rainfall
1,140,000 572.9㎢ 5.4℃ 390mm F.Ph.Shreider

Date of Affiliation

August 4, 2007 (Jinju City suggested with the cooperation of Foundation for International Relations and Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Moscow)

Characteristics of the City

Main city of Omsk State formed along the river in the Siberian plains. Fortressed city of Russia built next to the Om river in 1716 and 1760 for military purposes. It has became a center of Siberian development and agricultural products have been traded through western Siberia ever since it became a city in 1804.

Key Industry

energy fuel, petrochemistry, machinery construction, food and construction materials etc.

Major Field of Exchange : culture and art

Zhengzhou City, Henan, China

Basic Status

  • Location : Middle of the China inland, midstream of the Yellow River
  • Total area, Population : 7,446.2km2(metro area 1,013km2), 6,310,000 persons(metro area 2,163,000 persons)
  • Key Industries : Textile manufacturing, Industrial art products, Agriculture(wheat, sesame, corn), Commerce
  • Background of relationship : Mayor of Zhengzhou suggested the establishment of the friendly relation to Jinju, for many similarities of the two cities as the an ancienty city of history and culture. (autograph letter, June, 1999)
  • Regional features
    • Capital of Henan, History & culture city, Intersection of railroads and roads that connect Beijing, Hongkong, Shanghai, and Europe
    • Educational facilities: 23 colleges, 77 junior colleges, 500 middle·high schools, 1,905 elementary schools
    • Culture & leisure : Many historical relics including Gaebong and Nakyang (Yongmun Stone Cave) are in the neighborhood, Sorimsa Temple- the cradle of the Chinese traditional martial arts

Xian(Shanxi, China) (Friendly Exchange city since March 30, 2011)

Basic Status

  • Location : Middle of the Chinese inland / the beginning of Silk Road
  • Total area and population : 9,983㎢(metro : 1,066㎢), 8.4million (metro area : 5.1 million)
  • Key industries : aviation, high-tech(electricity, electronics, software), bio industry