Top things to do

National Park in Gwangju

Mudeungsan National Park

Overlooking Gwangju, Mudeungsan National Park is a gorgeous green mountain range with a spiderweb of well-signed trails leading to the peak, Cheonwang-bong (1187m), and up to the towering rocky outcrops Seoseok-dae …
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…
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 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.
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…
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…
International in Gwangju

First Alleyway

Longtime expat Tim Whitman leads the kitchen here, turning out burgers, pizzas and – as befitting a Canadian – poutine. There's Sunday brunch, too. First Alleyway naturally draws an international crowd. It's a few d…
Street in Gwangju

Art Street

This cobblestone road is lined with art galleries, studios and stores selling hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), hanji (handmade paper), art books, calligraphy brushes and tea sets.
Lounge in Gwangju

Kunst Lounge

Gwangju's most sophisticated spot does wine by the glass, German beers and a fantastic cheese platter. Located across from the new Asian Culture Complex, Kunst has a suitably artsy vibe.
Market in Gwangju


Voted Korea's best traditional market, sprawling Yangdong sells just about everything, from traditional medicines to clothing.