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Kingston welcomes Mayor of Seoul to New Malden

Park Won-soon, the Mayor of Seoul and his embassy officials visited New Malden last week (4 May) as part of an ongoing trade partnership between London and the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Hosted by the local Korean community, the Mayor visited the Cocks Crescent site planned for redevelopment and discussed plans for a potential Seoul Garden as part of plans to celebrate London and Seoul’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed five years ago.

The officials also discussed the council’s recent ‘Future High Street’ bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which, if successful, would aim to create the UK’s first fully interactive and immersive high street. This would involve working with cutting edge technology companies to regenerate parts of the high street. 

New Malden is home to the largest Korean population in the UK. Over the last few months, Young Ji Yang, the council’s secondee from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, has been working to improve engagement with the Korean community and develop plans for the future of Cocks Crescent.

Nazeya Hussain, Kingston Council’s Director of Growth and Strategic Business, said:

“It was a great privilege to host the Mayor of Seoul in New Malden. The council welcomes the potential for greater collaboration with the Korean community and local people in creating a vision for Cocks Crescent.”