Suwon, the Host City

Read the interview with Mayor Yeom of Suwon on the EcoMobility World Festival.

Suwon, the city that is hosting the first EcoMobility World Festival, is the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea. Situated 30km south of Seoul, Suwon offers a great mixture of tradition and modernity. Hwaseong is the last fortress built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) that is registered on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. Now, it has been transformed into a city marked by dynamic business activities. With a population of more than one million inhabitants, Suwon is  a hub of business and education activities, with 972 companies and 14 universities located there operating their industry and research.

Yeom, Tae-Young, Mayor of the host city, plays a leading role in hosting the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 in Suwon. With his background in environmental activism, Mayor Yeom strives to make Suwon a ‘Human City’ that welcomes people. In addition, he is the Global Executive Representative of East Asia in ICLEI. 

Suwon is a planned city that was built during the reign of Jeongjo (1752-1800), the 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. Its construction is based on the philosophy of Silhak, a new school of philosophy at the time that emphasized science and practical learning. The city stands proudly as the 'southern gate of Seoul'. Thanks to its rich history and convenient location, Suwon is an easily accessible city and hosts various attractions. Curitiba in Brazil and Nizhny Novgorod in Russia are two of the many twin cities of Suwon.

For more information about Suwon, take a look at the Tourist Flyer or visit Suwon's website and the Korea Travel Organization