Gwangju Travel Guide

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Gwangju Things to Do

  • Gwangju Lake

    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.

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  • May 18 National Cemetery

    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...

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  • Soswaewon garden

    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...

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  • Kimchi Making Contest

    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.

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  • May 18th Cemetry

    Graves of victims of uprising for democracy in 1980. Also, there are some monuments and a hall bearing photographs of all the victims.

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  • Gasa Literature Museum

    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.

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  • Gwangju Foreigners' Night

    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.

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  • Kimchi Festival

    Kimchi is favourite food in Korea. The five day festival is held every October (16-20). Features food stalls, exhibitions, kimchi making contests, performances.

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  • The Gwangju World Cup Stadium

    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.

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Gwangju Hotels

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  • Ramada Plaza Gwangju

    1238 3 Chi Pyeong Dong Seo Gu, Gwangju, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Geumsoojang Tourist Hotel

    559-1 Kyelim, 1-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju, 501-806, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Prado Hotel

    638-1 Baekwoon-Dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Gwangju Nightlife

  • One of the local ex-pat bars

    Like many of the ex-pat bars in Korea, most of the patrons here are 20's & 30's year olds who are teaching English. Dave & Mike's is no different.They have a decent food menu and drinks of all kinds. They also have a large projection TV and stage that can be used for special occasions. Bar is equipped with computer DJ/MP3. Dress code is casual

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  • Some drinks and a take-home movie

    Truffaut is another unique find in Korea. This laid-back chill bar is less of a bar and more a hip-style art cafe.There are many books to choose from and several hundred DVD movies. The movies are offered two at a time to take home and return later. The only thing you have to do is register with a 20000 KRW deposit (returned after you cancel...

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  • Chill atmosphere and relaxing drinks

    Ethnic bar is a unique style place in Korea. It is in the basement level of the building. The lighting is dim, but is softly lit with candles all around the area.There is a small reflection pool in the center, with candles and small plants decorating the entire area. The seating is actually just pillows as you'd find in Turkey or middle-east. The...

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Gwangju Off The Beaten Path

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    by skootter01 Written Oct 9, 2006

    Wolchulsan is a small mountain about an hour out of Gwangju. You can get there by bus via the town of Yeong-am. In Yeong-am you will have to transfer to a city bus that will take you out to the trailhead. Don't worry, it's fairly easy to do and the desk staff is helpful, even though their English is limited.

    Once at the park you head past a small camping area and a bizarre sculpture park to get to the trailhead. From there it's a strenuous hike up to the summit, crossing a 52m suspension bridge along the way. The views down the valley are great and there aren't as many people as there can be along more popular mountain trails.

    As an option, try walking back to Yeong-am when you are finished. It takes about 40-50 minutes along the country road at the base of the mountain. You'll pass by some rice fields as well as some persimmon orchards and get a chance to see a little of the Korean countryside.

    Swinging in the breeze Rising from the mist I can see for miles and miles Walking back to Yeong-am Obligatory shot of me
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Gwangju Sports & Outdoors

  • Red Devils

    Supporters of Korean soccer team are called 'Red Devils'. We had a chance to join them in the exclusive enclosure (mostly clad in red). Shouts of "Haa-do (wave)" and the song "Oh pil (surely) seung (victory) Korea" reminded us of 2002 World Cup. This shot was taken at end of the match. Korea beat Bahrain 2-0.

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  • Soccer Match

    Soccer match between Korea and Bahrain (11 Jul 2004). Korea won 2-0. The stadium was packed and crowd was going crazy.

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  • Jisan Park Hike

    Also called Mudeung Park. There is a cable car ride that goes up the mountain. Also, a track goes along the cable car. There is a view-point at the top. You can view the whole city.

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Gwangju Favorites

  • Dance

    Although loud music is quite usual in streets of downtown, this was a sort of dance competition outside Migliore department store (downtown).

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  • Apartment complexes

    Today many korean lives in apartment complexes. And there are many churches all over the country .... because the most part of the koreans are christians.

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  • May 18th Liberty Hall

    It was built in memorial to all the people who where killed or arrested from the dictators during the rebellion in 1983.It is situated next to the police camp.... and it also shows the way of Korea from a dictatorship to a modern democracy.

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