Introductions to Gwangju

The South Korean city of Gwangju is located in the region of Honam in the South of the country, near the center of the Jeolla Province of the agricultural region of S. Korea. Gwangju literally translated means ‘Light Province’ which probably reflects the beautiful scenery which can be seen surrounding the city.

Gwangju is the sixth largest city in S.Korea having a population of 1.5 million residents who enjoy a climate with temperatures ranging from a low of 41ºF in January up to a high of 87ºF in the summer month of August.

The city is described as a Metropolitan City operating under the control of the Home Minister’s Office of the Central Government. It was also considered to be the capital city of the South Jeolla Province up to the time that the Provincial Office was transferred to the location of Namak situated in Muan County sometime in 2005.

Gwangju was the site of the Gwangju Massacre in 1980 when more than 200 young students were killed by the armed forces in an attempt to put down the pro-democracy demonstrations of the students, and thus Gwangju was at the forefront of the struggle to gain democracy in the country.

Today Gwangju is a lively center for youth and art culture along with a reputation for having the biggest bus terminal and the largest facilities for pedestrian beer drinking, eating, and night clubbing.

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