UNESCO City of Literature


Bucheon City was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Literature for the first time in East Asia.

The UNESCO headquarters announced the member cities of the Creative Cities Network as of 2017 via its website on October 31 (Central European Time). Bucheon City is the 21st city to be listed as a member of the UNESCO Creative City of Literature Network, standing shoulder to shoulder with the world’s prestigious cities of literature such as Edinburgh, Dublin, and Prague.

Left: a sculpture commemorating Korean author Mok-il Shin./ Right: Congratulatory event of that Bucheon City is designated as a member of the UNESCO.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is an international network project that encourages the development of economy, society, and culture through cooperation among cities. Since 2004, UNESCO has been designating creative cities in 7 creative fields: Literature, Design, Film, Media Arts, Gastronomy, Crafts & Folk Art, and Music by reviewing cities around the world.

Bucheon City is recognized as a City of Literature through its historical heritage and activities in literature, rich cultural contents, and library infrastructure.

부천시 유네스코 문학창의도시 Since 2017 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Bucheon City submitted a membership application to the UNESCO Headquarters in June 2017 after obtaining domestic approval from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in 2016. In the application, commemorative projects of writers who were active in Bucheon – such as Byeon Yeong-ro, Mok Il-sin, Yang Gui-ja, Pearl Buk, and Jeong Ji-yong – and activities of literary groups and literary activities of citizens were indicated. It also emphasized that Bucheon’s cultural properties, such as contents industries of cartoons and webtoons, International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Art Valley Project, have a great ripple effect on the overall cultural genres of Korea.

21 부천국제판타스틱영화제 BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2017.7.13 -7.23 10.20. ~ 24. BIAF 2017 부천국제애니메이션페스티벌 The 19th Bucheon International Animation Festival 애니페어 Animation Fair

In particular, it stressed that the history of Bucheon’s development from an industrial center to a cultural city will serve as a reference model for other developing countries.