Visiting Korean students meet the Mayor and Mayoress of Kingston 

Mayor , Mayoress, student delegation, translator stand in the Mayor's Parlour

Councillor Geoff Austin, Mayor of Kingston, and Mayoress Sheila Austin welcomed a delegation of five students from South Korea to a special meeting at the Mayor’s Parlour yesterday (18 January).

The students, from Gwanak-Gu in southern Seoul, are experiencing all the Royal Borough has to offer during their whistlestop four-day tour of Kingston. 

The gathering began with Councillor Austin recalling his recent trip to Korea, as well as talking about the large Korean population within the borough and the fantastic cultural diversity that brings. 

The students gave a presentation on life in Korea, including education, food and K-Pop, a much-loved Korean music genre.

On the welcoming the students, Councillor Austin said: 

“I have extremely fond memories of my visit to Korea. One of my highlights of the trip was discovering that the city of Jinju, much like Kingston, has a rich history of aerospace, which was fascinating.

“It was great to meet the students and show them around the Mayor’s Parlour. They were particularly impressed with our ceremonial maces, which are 400 years old this year. I do hope that they had a good time and take away with them some great memories of our borough.”

Woo Jin Shim, a student from the Korean delegation, said: 

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Kingston. Visiting the Kingston Museum and the riverside were highlights for me. Also, the streets of Kingston have a great atmosphere and feel historical. I am looking forward to coming back one day!” 

The students also visited Kingston University’s Art, Design and Architecture faculty, which has a world class fashion school, as well as the Youth Council and a number of local schools. 

The meeting was wrapped up with the traditional giving of small gifts and exchange of business cards between the Mayor and delegation leader.