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City of La Palma
7822 Walker Street
La Palma, CA 90623
Ph: (714) 690-3300
Fx: (714) 523-2141
Sister City
History of Sister Cities
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the “People-to-People Initiative.” He believed that diplomacy on a person-to-person level was an important resource for successful negotiations between governments. Recognizing the importance of involving all citizens in world diplomacy, he called upon the nation’s cities as the centers of opportunity, expression, and economic growth, to unite with communities around the world in building a solid structure of world peace.

Hanam, South Korea
Hanam City
On August 5, 2008, the La Palma City Council unanimously voted to recognize Hanam City, South Korea as La Palma’s first sister city.  Hanam is a city in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea, located about 60 miles east of the capital city of Seoul. Incorporated on January 1, 1989, and with a history dating back to 6 B.C., Hanam City is home to about 140,000 residents. Hanam City is a major hub in the vast transportation network that connects Seoul to the entire Korean nation. It is a clean city with a beautiful natural environment and unique cultural heritage.
Hanam City promotes itself, as “A Green City Within Nature, Fresh Nature Within a City.” The government of Hanam City prides itself as a customer service oriented organization that strives to build a clean and sustainable future for its citizens. Hanam City provides its residents with numerous cultural festivals, public sporting events, social welfare, an extensive arts program, a high quality education for the 21st century, superior healthcare, and a balanced approach to urban development that maintains Hanam City’s unique cultural heritage. For centuries, Hanam City has been known as a city where nature and tradition work in harmony.

La Palma Sister City Association
La Palma Mayor Mark Waldman & Hanam Mayor Kim Hwang-Sik
The La Palma Sister City Association is a community-based volunteer organization providing opportunities for citizens of La Palma and nearby cities to develop relationships and build a sense of community with the peoples of Hanam City, South Korea. The La Palma Sister City Association seeks to achieve cultural understanding through educational/international exchanges and community events.

There are two programs that the La Palma Sister City Association is currently working on with Hanam City:
  1. English Teach Program – the association will be assisting Hanam City to recruit employees to teach English in Hanam schools.
  2. Student Exchange Program – students from each city will spend time experiencing the culture and learning the history of the other host country during the summer.

Interested in getting involved? We invite you to support and join this wonderful association that will introduce participants to the joys of international friendships.  If you would like to partciapte, please contact Susie Kim at (714) 522-2202 or email .