Sister Cities: Grand Rapids and Gangnam

Sister City Signing Ceremony Between The City of Grand Rapids and Gangnam, South Korea:  


On September 26, 2021 Mayor Bliss and City Manager Washington had a virtual signing ceremony with Gangnam-gu's Mayor Jeong Sun-kyun to discuss the planned Sister City relationship between Grand Rapids and Gangnam-gu.

Discussions included opportunities for artistic, cultural and economic exchanges, such as Gangnam-gu's continued hosting of ArtPrize in a pop-up format, K-Pop concerts in Grand Rapids as well as start-up, business and medical partnerships.


Korean Connection

​Building Cultural and Economic Bridges

Korean Connection is a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids formed by people who share connections with South Korea through family, friendships, business, culture, curiosity, or history.​

We support the exchange of ideas, understanding, appreciation, and support for the close historical and economic ties between the people of Korea, the U.S. and our own state of Michigan.


Language Classes


Thank you for your interest! ​ Korean Connection hosts Korean language classes for Levels 1 & 2 via Zoom. 

The six week course for each level is held every Saturday morning for six weeks from 10am - 11:30 am EST.

Sign up online and reserve your spot today!



A Korean Thanksgiving 

At the Goie Center 

A spirit of gratitude and a spirit of connection infused Korean Connection's first-ever Chuseok event from start to finish.

Chuseok, which means autumn eve in Korean, is a major, three-day harvest festival that has been celebrated for centuries in Korea as thanks for the year's good harvest. Korean Connection chose in 2019 to formally celebrate Chuseok for the first time in thanks to West Michigan for its many years of support and participation in the organization's community events.