Grand Rapids City Leaders Travel to Asia, Strengthen Ties with 2 Sister Cities

Grand Rapids city leaders meet with their counterparts in Gangnam District, located in Seoul, South Korea.

Grand Rapids city leaders recently returned from Asia, where they visited multiple sister cities.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss headed the 15-member delegation late last month to Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea, and then Omihachiman in Japan. Including travel, the trip started June 20, with the delegation returning June 29.

“Our entire Grand Rapids delegation had a wonderful time learning about both of these cities, touring historical sites, visiting with their mayors and city staff and visiting businesses,” Bliss said. “It was a joy to spend time deepening our ties to their communities and strengthening our relationships. I thank our Grand Rapids Sister Cities committee members who worked hard on organizing and facilitating the trip.”