The 10 best places to visit in Gwangju

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1. National Gwangju Museum


The National Gwangju Museum began construction in 1977 to promote the promotion and development of cultural arts, cultivation of national emotions, and localization of culture, and opened on December 6, 1978. It aims to creatively inherit traditional culture through collection and preservation and management of cultural heritage in Gwangju and Jeonnam regions, and to develop regional culture and promote ethnic culture through cultural heritage surveys, research, relics, and social education functions.

2. Gwangju Family Land



Gwangju Family Land is an amusement park located in 677 Uchi-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea. It covers an area of ​​220,000 9031m² and has amusement facilities, a sledding area, ice rink, and swimming pool. The place nearby is Jiya-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju.

3. Gwangju Art Street


There are streets that utilize the characteristics of the city in each province, such as Daehak-ro in Seoul, Insa-dong street, and Piff street in Busan. The representative street of Gwangju Metropolitan City is Gwangju Art Street.

4. Mudeungsan columnar joint


Columnar joint refers to the shape of a pentagonal or hexagonal column in the shape of a section during joints that contract when lava cools. Mudeungsan Jusangjeolli was formed about 70 million years ago and is representative of Seoseokdae, Ipseokdae, and Gyubong. Ipseokdae and Gyubong are weathered and column shaped, but Seoseokdae is less weathered and has a folding screen. The thighs on the hillside centered on the summit are piled up by collapses of these pillars. Seoseokdae and Seokdae are designated as natural monuments because standing rocks and tatters are rare natural relics that can observe the process of rock formation and weathering.

5. Kimdaejung Convention Center


Kimdaejung Convention Center is an exhibition and convention center of top-class facilities. It started construction in Gwangju Exhibition and Convention Center in November 2003, changed its name to Kimdaejung Convention Center in May 2005, and opened on September 6 of the same year. 

6. National 5.18 Democracy Cemetery


The May 18 Democratic Cemetery is a national cemetery where victims of the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980 were buried. In 1993, with the launch of the civilian government, a reevaluation of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement and a movement to transform the 5-18 victims cemetery into a democratic holy place, Gwangju Metropolitan City was created with the support of the central government. 

7. Gwangju Lake Ecological Garden


Gwangju Lake Lake Ecological Garden is a natural ecological park located in Gwangju Lake, Buk-gu, Gwangju. Opened in March 2006, the area has an area of ​​184,948 square meters and is equipped with natural observation learning grounds, lawn rest squares, and waterside wetlands, and is used as a natural learning area for children and as a shelter for citizens.

8. Gwangju City Folk Museum


Gwangju Folk Museum of Korea was established to collect, exhibit, research, and educate various folklore materials and share our traditional culture together. It was founded in 1987 and opened as the largest municipal museum in Korea at the time.

9. Yangrim-dong Penguin Village


2016, 2013, 1994, 1988... As soon as you step into the penguin village, the clock starts to turn upside down. I feel like I'm going back to the past more and more each step. You don't even need a time machine here. All you need is a camera for fun pictures and a hat to block the sunlight. Let's go to Penguin Village in Yangrim-dong, Gwangju, a playground for adults.

10. National Gwangju Science Museum


The National Gwangju Science Museum was established in accordance with the government's 2003 Science Education Promotion Plan. The Gwangju Science Museum, built in the Gwangju High-tech Industrial Complex, is a science museum specializing in light, science, and art that contains dreams and hopes for the future in the shape of a spaceship, and consists mainly of experience-oriented exhibits. You can develop your creativity, develop future-oriented thinking, and satisfy your understanding and curiosity about science. 

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