Lynnwood seeks input on proposed South Korean sister city

LYNNWOOD — The city of Lynnwood is getting closer to having a sister city for the first time in recent memory.

A group of Lynnwood neighbors and business owners have chosen Damyang in South Korea, a city known for its bamboo, said Gina Israel, who works for the city.

The sister city selection group has been meeting for months, Israel said. In particular, the city wanted to involve the Korean community, one of the largest ethnic groups in Lynnwood.

Korean families own more than 200 businesses in the city, she said.

“We want to know the interest level of the Korean community,” Israel said. “Without them, the program is nothing.”

Damyang is similar in size to Lynnwood. Its leaders have been receptive to the sister city idea. Israel happened to be traveling in Asia in October and stopped by and took some pictures.

In the future, officials hope to see exchange students and maybe some festivals connecting the people and cultures in Lynnwood and Damyang.

“Just exposing Lynnwood to that city and that city being exposed to us,” Israel said.

The mayor is expected to make the recommendation to the City Council on Feb. 1. If approved, the new relationship will be put into writing.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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