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Gwangju

3.8
National Parks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005.Gwang (광, Chinese letter: 光) means "light" and Ju (주, Chinese letter: 州) means "province." Areas of scenery along the outskirts of the city gave birth to gasa, a form of Korean classical poetry. Located in the center of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.HistoryThe city was established in 57 BC. It was one of the administrative centres of Baekje during the Three Kingdoms Period.In 1929, during the period of Japanese rule, a confrontation between Korean and Japanese students in the city turned into a regional demonstration, which culminated in one of the major nationwide uprisings against Japanese rule during the colonial period.Modern industry was established in Gwangju with the construction of a railway to Seoul. Some of the industries that took hold include cotton textiles, rice mills and breweries. Construction of a designated industrial zone in 1967 encouraged growth in industry, especially in the sectors linked to the automobile industry.
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National Park
Mudeungsan National Park
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Historic Site
May 18th National Cemetery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Gwangju National Museum
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Gwangju

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Garden
Suncheon Bay Garden Suncheon
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Nagan Eupseong Folk Village Suncheon
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Forest
Damyang Juknokwon Damyang-gun
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Gwangju

Park
Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
5.18 Memorial Park
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Civic Center
U.Square Cultural Center
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Civic Center
Asia Culture Center
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Gwangju

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History Museum
Gwangju Folk Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Gwangju Museum of Art
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Chosun University Museum
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
Art Museum
Uijae Museum of Korean Art
3.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Gwangju

Gift & Specialty Shop
Yangdong Market
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Civic Center
Asia Culture Center
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Street of Art
2.0
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Gwangju

Water Body
Pungam Reservoir
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Gwangjucheon Stream
1.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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