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Incheon, South Korea

Sister City Agreement Signed September 15, 1983

The Sister City relationship with Incheon, Korea, was established in 1984.  Since then, with the help of the Korean community in Philadelphia, it has become one of our strongest.  Incheon is a rapidly growing port city that is the shipping and industrial center of Korea's western coast.  In 2001, it opened the largest airport in the world and in June 2002, it hosted the World Cup soccer matches in conjunction with Japan.  In addition, many professional exchanges have taken place with Incheon and, in September 2000, the Incheon Trade Office USA opened in Philadelphia.  The Trade Office works with the Sister Cities office to promote trade and cultural understanding between our two cities. 

To learn more about Incheon, visit Incheon Metropolitan City .

Sister Cities Summit and United Nations Symposium on Sustainability. 

Two days in October, 2013 – video shows highlights of the conference with 150 people from 30 countries attending.  Nancy Gilboy represented Philadelphia.

Mayor Song Young-gil of Incheon and his delegation visited Philadelphia on May 16, 2012.  During their short stay, they met with Mayor Nutter in City Hall, attended a luncheon with members of City Council, visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a private reception in their honor, lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, and attended an evening reception at the Union League. 


In September 2009, Nancy Gilboy attended the 7th Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Incheon and represented Philadelphia.  More than 1,000 delegates from key Asia Pacific Cities, and Incheon’s Sister Cities, attended the event that included mayors networking forums, business matching and investment promotion, city development exhibitions, interactive workshops highlighting the participating cities’ best practices and a young professionals program. 


Photographs from past delegations are below.