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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…
Vegetarian in Gwangju


Run by Buddhist monks, Sujata puts on what is possibly the world's best salad bar. It includes soups, stews, noodles, a dozen different greens, countless pickled things, a make-your-own bibimbap (rice, egg, meat and…
Baseball in Gwangju

Gwangju Kia Champions Field

Catch the Kia Tigers professional baseball team in action from April through November at their new stadium. Stock up on snacks from the street vendors outside the stadium, where prices are cheaper. You’re permitted …
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…
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

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 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…
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…
Department Store in Gwangju


Brand names such as Vuitton and Dior rub shoulders with an art gallery and basement food court/supermarket here. There’s also a Starbucks, the favourite haunt of local doenjangnyeo, as some Koreans might say (doenja…
Noodles in Gwangju

Cheongwon Momil

This humble noodle shop, which specialises in momil (모밀; buckwheat noodles) is a Gwangju institution, in business since 1960 (as the sign out front proudly boasts). Dishes to try include bibim-momil (비빔모밀; buckwheat…