Busan City Hall
Los Angeles is a center of commerce and transporation in southwest California, USA. The city is the third largest city in the U.S. and the largest port city along the Pacific Coast. It is also a center for the space, defense and film industries and has around 600 filmmaking facilities.
President Park Junghee proposed the establishment of a sister city relationship to the Mayor of L.A. on the 18th of May, 1965 during his visit to the US. The two cities established the sister city relationship on the 18th of December, 1967. Around 700,000 Koreans live in California and over 100 Korean organizations are active there. The two cities have enjoyed vibrant cultural and people-to-people exchanges, such as visits of mother's volleyball teams, boys & girls choruses and concerts by the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Busan helps organize a float for the parade held every during the LA Korean Festival (September) to support Koreans living in Los Angeles. The former Mayor Richard J. Riordan visited Busan with his Asia Trade Mission from the 28th February to the 1st of May, 1998. The former Busan Mayor Kim Dae-man and L.A. Mayor Samuel Yorty signed the agreement to establish sister city relations.