With as the American Taekwondo Association was

With the
eyes of the world turning to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,
Little Rock is proud to share in the excitement with Hanam, its sister city in
South Korea. A proud display of Korean heritage is at the River Market at the
H.U. Lee Gate in Little Rock. Hanam has been a sister city of Little Rock since
May, 1992. They
came together as the American Taekwondo Association was founded and headquartered in little by
Grand Master H.U.Lee, was interested in starting a partnership between the two
cities. There have been many exchanges since the sister city relationship was
set.

Last February, Hanam City and Little Rock celebrated the 25th anniversary
of their sisterhood relationship on January 15th. They signed a contract to
exchange symbolic sculptures.With a goal of using a youth
exchange program as a symbol for the bond between the communities, Ssculpture is
titled “Youth”.

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The cities have held the youth exchange program eight times
in total. Little Rock has sent a number of high school delegations to Hanam
City to learn about their culture and way of life, and has also received a
number of delegations from Hanam as well. These students explore the cultural, educational and economic
ties between Little Rock and Hanam.

Formalized in 1992, Hanam City has the second oldest sister city relationship with Little Rock. Since then, Hanam City has become one of Little
Rock’s strongest partners abroad. The Korean War Veterans Memorial in MacArthur
Park, which was dedicated on June 25, 2007, had significant financial and
cultural support from Hanam City. South Korea is Arkansas’s
third largest export destinations in Asia. In 2015, Arkansas had 1,466
jobs related to trade with Korea, while the value of
exports of soap to Korea more than doubled to $1.2 million. Electric motor and
generator exports to Korea also increased by 600 percent to $13.9 million. As of
2015, 80 Korean students attended the University of Arkansas and there were
1,950 Koreans and Korean Americans living in Arkansas.