Seoul appoints non-Koreans who love and cherish Seoul as much as its Korean residents as Honorary Citizens on October 28, Honorary Citizens Day, when candidates are officially presented with Honorary Citizens certificates. 

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As of this year, there are now a total of 666 Honorary Citizens. 

They are provided with opportunities to participate in events hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and are given free entry to place such as the Seoul Museum of Art , Seoul Museum of History, and Seoul Grand Park. 

Notable Honorary Citizens

  •  Action star
    Jackie Chan, a longtime fan of Korean culture (1999)

  • Guus
    Hiddink, the man who took Korea’s national soccer team to the 2002 FIFA World
    Cup semi-finals (2002)

  • American football player Hines E. Ward (2006)
  • Former US Ambassador to Korea Christopher Hill (2005)
  • Susan Cox, VP of Holt Children’s Center and mother of adopted children (2005)
  • Raimund
    Royer, first non-Korean doctor of Korean medicine (2010)
  • Peter Bartholomew, guardian of hanok (traditional house of Korea) (2010)
  • Sister Maria Vertilde who has helped the needy in Korea for the past four decades (2011)
  • Anatoly
    Torkunov the Rector of Moscow’s State Institute of International Relations (2013)

Criteria for Candidates of Seoul
Honorary Citizenship

Candidates must
  • have lived in Korea for three consecutive years or over five years in total, contributed to Seoul’s development as well as to the quality
    of  life of Seoul’s residents, and  set an excellent example for both citizens and foreign residents
  • be
    overseas VIPs or non-Koreans living in Korea who deserve Honorary Citizen

Recommending Candidates
  • Recommendations must be submitted by the head of a civil organization with over ten members, the head of a public organization, or a group of over ten civilians
Seoul Honorary Citizen Status
  • Recipients  : 666 citizens from 92 countries to date
  • Details  : Overseas VIPs: 109, Contributors to Seoul: 370, Participants in international events: 163, Others: 7

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