Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju National Museum

The Gwangju National Museum’s collection traces the region’s cultural history, from its prehistorical beginnings through the Joseon period (1392–1897), via artifacts, paintings and calligraphy. Look out for the Chin…
Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju Folk Museum

Learn about traditional life in Jeollanam-do through the somewhat retro-looking dioramas and models here, which cover everything from kimchi and clothing to courtship rituals and shamanism.
Museum in Gwangju

Gwangju Museum of Art

Managed by the same folks who put on the Gwangju Biennale, this art museum shows up-and-coming Korean artists along with more established local names, such as Heo Baek-ryeon (pen name Uijae) and Oh Ji Ho.
Museum in Gwangju

Uijae Museum of Korean Art

This gallery displays landscape, flower and bird paintings by the famed Heo Baek-ryeon (1891–1977), whose pen name was Uijae. His rebuilt house is a short walk away. About halfway between Uijae and Jeungsim-sa is th…
Memorial in Gwangju

May 18th National Cemetery

Opened in 1997, this is the final burial place for victims of the May 18 Democratic Uprising of 1980, one of the most tragic incidents in modern Korean history. Officially, the casualties include 228 dead or missing…
Market in Gwangju


By the early 2000s, this traditional market in the city centre was nearly shuttered. As part of the 2008 Gwangju Biennale, artists added colourful murals, giving people a new reason to visit. Today, more than 50 art…
National Park in Gwangju

Mudeungsan National Park

Overlooking Gwangju, Mudeungsan National Park is a gorgeous green mountain range with a spider’s web of well-signed trails leading to the peak, Cheonwang-bong (1187m), and up to the towering rocky outcrops Seoseok-d…
Arts Centre in Gwangju

Asian Culture Complex

This ambitious arts complex, still under construction at the time of research, houses galleries, performance spaces, a library and plazas – all designed to boost Gwangju's capital in the art world. It's located on t…
Arts Centre in Gwangju

Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall

Located in the Jung-oe Park Culture Center, this 8100-sq-metre exhibition hall is the setting for the Gwangju Biennale (and in odd-numbered years, the Design Biennale).