To promote understanding of other cultures through education and exchange programs.

To encourage interest in and a value for different cultures.

To develop a process whereby Garden Grove residents have the means and opportunities to learn about and communicate with people from foreign countries.

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Sister City Association

of Garden Grove


Garden Grove, CA 92842




The Sister City Association of Garden Grove is a nonprofit California corporation, organized to further the knowledge and understanding between the people of Garden Grove and those of similar cities in foreign countries.

Our student exchange program history with Anyang, South Korea

Garden Grove has had a Sister City relationship with Anyang since 1989. The Student Exchange Program, which started in 1991, is our major activity in which we hope to further cultural knowledge and appreciation among high school students and adults in our program. In January of each year, Sister City Association of Garden Grove (SCAGG) welcomes high school students from Anyang for about one week to visit local sites and experience American culture. 

This year, we will again sponsor up to ten high school students (juniors and seniors) who attend the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) to travel to Anyang, Republic of Korea, and live with a Korean host family. Through this program, hundreds of students have had the opportunity to experience international travel, incredible cultures, lasting friendships, and much more!

Anyang, Republic of Korea History
Garden Grove History

In 1874, Dr. Alonzo Cook donated a portion of land to form the beginning of a central village southeast of Los Angeles. Dr. Cook suggested the name ‘Garden Grove,’ but because there was an absence of gardens, some people objected to the notion.

However, Cook declared it suitable by saying, “We’ll make it appropriate by planting trees, and making it beautiful.” The village quickly became a busy town with agriculture, business, and a railroad line from Los Angeles to Santa Ana running right near the center of commerce. After World War II, Garden Grove became one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. In 1956, the city incorporated.

As of 2000, the City of Garden Grove boasts a population of over 169,000 residents. The City is dynamic, and thrives in the heart of Orange County. The City maintains a balance of modern shopping centers, businesses, industrial complexes, and houses, while still keeping a strong sense of its roots due to its colorful history.

With an ancestry dating back to the Sixth Century, the area known as Anyang, South Korea became a city in 1973. Anyang is a modern city of over 640,000 people, just 25 km southwest of Seoul. In a beautiful location of rolling hills, Anyang has become an industrial leader in the Korean economy since the Korean War.

The main products that are produced by Anyang include machinery, electronics, medicine, film and textiles. Many information technology industries have located in this regional area. It is also served by a regional transportation system, including rails, subways, and freeways. Some vestiges of natural beauty such as forests, scenic farmlands, and rolling hills still can be seen at outskirts of Anyang.

Today, Anyang is a fast-growing city that is nationally recognized as one of the best places to live and work. It has many attributes, including a fine educational system that features a multitude of schools and colleges.

Picture courtesy of City of Garden Grove