Seattle is a coastal seaport city in the northwest region of the state of Washington in the U.S. and is a gateway to Alaska. The city is the largest in the state of Washington and boasts one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the region. Seattle is referred to as “Rain City” for its frequent cloudy and rainy weather. The city is located between the saltwater Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) to the west and Lake Washington to the east, and has three national parks , Mt. Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Park.
Even with cities such as Los Angeles or San Francisco being regarded as typical coastal cities on the West Coast, Seattle is known for its unique cityscape that sets it apart from them.
The Space Needle, which rises 607 feet, dating from the 1962 World’s Fair, is Seattle’s most recognizable landmark. Since then, revolving restaurants usually located on the upper stories of skyscrapers, designed to enable patrons to enjoy a panoramic view without leaving their seats, have become popular. A vibrant fish market and underground tour, remains of Seattle’s history, are also among the attractions that tourists should not miss downtown.
Seattle is known for advanced science, aviation and its semiconductor industry, and there are headquarters for Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks.
Seattle has a reputation for frequent rain and fog. The highest temperature is around 50°F (10°C) during the winter and about 75 to 85°F (25 to 30°C) during the summer. It receives most of the precipitation from November to April. The ideal time for a trip to the city is summer, since it is foggy in the morning but usually sunny during the daytime. During spring and fall, the weather goes back and forth.
Built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle contains an Opera House, Science Center and monorail.
From the top of the Needle, one can see downtown Seattle. It is open from 9am to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 9am to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and youth and $5 for children.
Center House is home to a wide range of exotic food and cultural artifacts from countries around the world. Operating hours are 11am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 11am to11pm on Friday.
Mt. Rainier, which stands at 4,392m, is an iconic national park in the state of Washington and is permanently covered with snow on the peak. The park is circled by the Wonderland Trail and has numerous attractions such as Narada Falls and Longmire, a box canyon, which attracts a large number of visitors every year.
North Cascades National Park is adjacent to the Canada-United States border and is about 205km northeast of Seattle. The park contains steep valleys and diverse plant species.
Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula. The park contains lakes, mountains, seas and hot springs.
|Oct. 4, 1989||A sisterhood relationship with the city of Seattle is established|
|Nov. 1990||A press corps makes a visit to Seattle|
|Dec. 1990||A verbal agreement to make exchanges among public officials is made (Mayor Yang Do-si)|
|Dec. 1992-February 2001||Public officials from Daejeon are dispatched (six persons)|
|Mar. 1993||A meeting with Joyce Noonan, a member of a Seattle trade delegation , is held|
|Sep. 1993||An official visit is made by Seattle City Councilmember Martha Choe|
|Nov. 1993||Renardson, a member of the Seattle Sister City Council, visits Daejeon|
|Aug. 19, 1994||The Daejeon-Seattle Friendship Council is established|
|Dec. 1994||An official visit by a delegation including Mayor Norman. B. Rice is made|
|From Jun. 1995||Ten people are sent to Seattle’s Center for Cultural Exchange for language learning for three months|
|Jul. 31-Aug. 7, 1995||A dedication ceremony of parks in Daejeon is held and representatives visit Seattle for a marine festival|
|Jul. 9-23,1996||The Seattle Cup, International Youth Soccer Match is held|
|Jun. 25-Jul. 3, 1997||The Daejeon Yeonjeong Municipal Korean Music Institute performs in Seattle|
|Sep. 16-17, 1998||The special assistant to the councilmember of the Seattle City Council participates in the inaugural meeting of the World Technopolis Association|
|Apr. 24, 1999||The 10th anniversary ceremony of the Daejeon-Seattle partnership dedicates the Daejeon pavilion and declares Daejeon Day|
|Jun. 7, 2000||Postgraduate students from the University of Washington visit Daejeon (23 persons)|
|Jun. 7-8, 2000||Teenagers from the state of Washington visit Daejeon for training (38 persons)|
|Jul. 14-16, 2000||A delegation, including the president of the city council , visits Seattle|
|May 5-9, 2001||The 3rd Conference of Mayors from countries in the Asia Pacific region is held|
|Aug. 13-23, 2001||The 2nd Youth Training in the state of Washington for teenagers from the city of Daejeon and Chungcheong province (37 persons) is held|
|Sep. 7-9, 2001||A delegation of the government of Washington and professors participate in the 2nd WTA Daejeon Technomart|
|Jun. 2002||A meeting of sister city mayors (three persons including a member of the city council) is attended|
|Jul. 2002||Second-generation Korean Americans in the state of Washington are invited for training (32 teenagers)|
|Aug. 11-21, 2002||Daejeon teenagers visit Seattle (20 people)|
|Sep. 24, 2002||A tour group (original downtown vitalization) is dispatched to learn exemplary administrative services|
|Sep. 2003||Daejeon teenagers visit Seattle|
|Feb. 2004||Maintenance and repairs of copper plates in Daejeon Park are made in Seattle|
|Jun. 2004||A joint performance by the Daejeon Civic Youth Choir and Seattle Saet-Byeol (rising star) Performing Arts Company is held|
|Jul. 7-17, 2004||Korean-American teenagers from the north west U.S. visit the Daejeon, Chungnam and Chungbuk provinces|
|Apr. 2005||The vice-chairman of the Seattle Sister City Council visits Daejeon|
|Jun. 2005||A joint performance by the Daejeon Civic Youth Choir and Seattle Saet-Byeol (rising star) Performing Arts Company is held|
|Jul. 2005||A tour group on market development is dispatched|
|Sept. 7-21, 2005||The Hanbat Library Sister City Cultural Festival is held (Emerald City, Seattle)|
|Jul. 2006||Fifty second-generation Korean-Americans from Seattle visit (cultural experiences such as chinaware arts, dip starching and tea ceremony etiquette)|
|May 25-27, 2007||Three council members, including Zandra Go, visit to discuss ways to strengthen the partnership between the two countries|
|May 31-Jun. 9, 2008||A delegation of 18 persons, including Mayor Park Sung-hyo, participate in the 1st IRBC|
|Feb. 26-May 11, 2009||Former Seattle public official Marti Chakoyan is dispatched to work for the city of Daejeon|
|Apr. 2-10, 2009||In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of becoming sister cities, a delegation consisting of 13 persons, including Mayor Park Sung-Hyo, visit Seattle|
|Nov. 17, 2009-Apr. 2010||Daejeon city public official Sung Ki-moon is dispatched to Seattle TDA|
|Apr. 22-26, 2010||A Seattle delegation visits Daejeon for exchanges (40 persons)|
Korean Musicians from Daejeon perform in Seattle
Daejeon Mayor visits Seattle