NSW Premier Berejijlian wraps up her first official visit to S. Korea, becoming an honorary Seoul citizen

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has wrapped up her first official visit to South Korea for two days becoming the first Australian Premier to be awarded with an honorary citizenship of Seoul, South Korea.

Mayor of Seoul City, the Honourable Park Won-soon, presented Ms Berejiklian with the citizenship at the Seoul City Hall.

The Hon. Park said it was to encourage active communication and cooperation between Seoul and New South Wales.

“It is an absolute honour to be the first Australian Premier to be awarded with such a citizenship in South Korea,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“New South Wales has a special relationship with the country, as about 70 per cent of Koreans in Australia reside in our state.”

The Premier and Mayor also signed an MOU to attract investment, international events and conferences.

Ms Berejiklian also made the announcement during her trip to Seoul that NSW’s first virtual high school Aurora College will now offer Korean and Japanese to HSC students, making the key Asian languages more accessible to students in regional and rural NSW.  


<The NSW Premier visits the Seoul National University Elementary School in Seoul>

She also announced that  the NSW Government will consider creating a free economic zone around the Badgerys Creek airport to encourage global companies to move into an "aerotropolis", bringing high-quality engineering, robotics, defence and agribusiness jobs.

Accordingly, NSW will host an Aerotropolis 2026 summit in the middle of next year, calling for international investment proposals and ideas on how to build Badgerys Creek airport as an integrated new city that will boost the economy of western Sydney.

<Premier Gladys Berejiklian visits the Incheon Airport, Seoul, flanked by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee>

The Premier was accompanied by Parramatta MP Geoff Lee for her visit to South Korean and Japan.