For security reasons (Vigipirate plan), the entrances to 15 bis, 23 and 37 bd Jourdan and 7 rue Emile Faguet are currently closed. All other entrances remain open.
Thank you for your understanding.

Kangwoo YOON

Interview with the Director of the Maison de la Corée

Tell us about your background and your arrival at the Cité internationale.

Appointed in September 2021, I was thrilled to be welcomed by such a close-knit, warm and devoted community. All that I could see was that the Cité internationale, whose capacity for innovation and recovery from the numerous confinements I admire, was able to recover its dynamism that makes it so special. We look forward to the next few months with hope despite the health crisis, as confirmed by several new projects (residents’ portal etc.).

What do you think makes the Cité internationale a unique campus in the world?

The Cité internationale is an international microcosm that conveys a strong message of tolerance and living together. At the Maison de la Corée alone there are 24 different nationalities for the 2021-2022 academic year. For me it’s this diversity among residents that is the campus’s strength.

How does living in your house allow residents to have a different outlook on the world and how is it a spring board for their futures?

Thanks to both the dialogue between residents and the cultural events organised throughout the year the Maison de la Corée offers its residents a true immersion into Korean culture, which is all the more interesting as Korean culture is becoming more widespread in France. The Maison de la Corée is much more than just a place to live, it’s a unique place of meetings and exchanges.

If you had to sum up the Cité internationale in one word, what would it be and why?


Because of its unique setting, surrounded by greenery in the heart of Paris, because of its numerous facilities (restaurants, library, theatre, sports facilities etc.) and even because of its unbeatable rent prices, living at the Cité internationale is a real privilege, an opportunity not to be missed.

The Cité internationale is a unique place that serves not only Korean students but also all young people from all over the world, for dialogue, for exchanges and for understanding in order to become friends for life.

Kangwoo Yoon

Jae-chul CHOI, The Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to France and president of the foundation