Walking along the little path in front of the Korean Cultural Center near the Donau Park in Vienna, visitors come across a green signpost saying "Franziska-Donner-Rhee-Weg." The path is named after second wife of the first Korean president Syngman Rhee, who was born in Austria.
An association of Koreans in Austria on Sunday said the Korean Cultural Center in Austria was opened on May 3 to mark 120 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Austria, and a ceremony took place to name the street. It is rare in Austria for roads to be newly named after people. The ceremony was attended by some 80 Austrian officials including President Heinz Fischer and over 400 Korean residents there.
Donner was born in 1900 in Inzersdorf, then a suburb of Vienna and now part of the capital. She met Rhee, who was 26 years her senior, at a League of Nations meeting in Geneva in 1933 where he represented the provisional Korean government. They married the next year.
Donner became a Korean citizen immediately after Korea's independence from Japan and the country’s first lady in 1948. She died aged 92 in 1992.