On August 5, 2008, the La Palma City Council unanimously voted to recognize Hanam City, South Korea
as La Palma’s first sister city. Hanam is a city in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea, located about 60 miles east of the capital city of Seoul. Incorporated on January 1, 1989, and with a history dating back to 6 B.C., Hanam City is home to about 140,000 residents. Hanam City is a major hub in the vast transportation network that connects Seoul to the entire Korean nation. It is a clean city with a beautiful natural environment and unique cultural heritage.
Hanam City promotes itself, as “A Green City Within Nature, Fresh Nature Within a City.” The government of Hanam City prides itself as a customer service oriented organization that strives to build a clean and sustainable future for its citizens. Hanam City provides its residents with numerous cultural festivals, public sporting events, social welfare, an extensive arts program, a high quality education for the 21st century, superior healthcare, and a balanced approach to urban development that maintains Hanam City’s unique cultural heritage. For centuries, Hanam City has been known as a city where nature and tradition work in harmony.