Kanghee was very proud when she went to this stadium with me .... Gwangju was also one of the places where the 2002 Soccer World cup took place.
Wow!! I was stunning when we went around this stadium. But the security was everywhere and I needed my passport when I entered it ....
Is it not great? I am not very interested in soccer but I watched all the games held here in Gwangju and you can imagine why... right .. because I was HERE! :-))
.... and I was happy with the koreans when they won the quarter final game against Spain .....
.... and in the same moment I felt sorry with the spaniards because they lost this game.
Heard its known for fishing and water sports. But, I didnt see any since I was there in winters. Restaurants along the lake. Gasa Literature Museum and Hwanbyeokdang pavilion are just nearby. I took a walk along the lake before it started snowing.
This cemetery is the newly founded resting place for the hundreds of people who lost their lives during the May 18, 1980 "Democratic Uprising".
The people of Gwangju rose to challenge due to oppression of the military's effort to establish a power hold and totalitarian control of Korea.
During a 9-day period, hundreds of locals were killed and thousands other were injured and/or imprisoned. This cemetery is honoring their lives.
There is also an impressive "Exhibition Hall" which serves as a museum and narrative for the events of May 18~27, 1980.
Cost is free to enter.
The private garden was built by Yang San-bo (a sixteenth-century scholar) when he retired into nature. It has a stream, an inner house, pond, waterfall, waterwheel and bamboo trees. Each structure was carefully located and had a specific meaning. Sanbo left a will: "Do not ever sell Soswaewon, nor leave it to foolish descendants." A story-teller narrated history of the garden in Korean.
Gasa Literature, a form of old Korean verses, blossomed in Damyang during Joseon Dynasty. Several manuscripts on display. Hwanbyeokdang pavilion, built by a classical scholar, is also nearby.
Kimchi is favourite food in Korea. The five day festival is held every October (16-20). Features food stalls, exhibitions, kimchi making contests, performances.
Gwangju International Center (GIC) holds a foreigner's night every year. Last year, it was September. A good chance to taste food and meet people from several countries.
One of the things Gwangju is famous for is its Kimchi (Koreans' favorite food made of cabbage). We had an experience of making Kimchi during Kimchi Festival.
Graves of victims of uprising for democracy in 1980. Also, there are some monuments and a hall bearing photographs of all the victims.