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.

Take the bus (every 20 minutes) from in front of the bus terminal to the Biennale Exhibition Hall stop. Bus 95 (every 15 minutes) also runs here from in front of the Asian Culture Complex.

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1. Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall

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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…

2. Gwangju Museum of Art

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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,…

3. Gwangju National Museum

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The Gwangju National Museum’s collection traces the region’s cultural history, from its prehistorical beginnings through the Joseon period (1392–1897),…

4. Daein-sijang

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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,…

5. Asian Culture Complex

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This arts complex houses galleries, performance spaces, a library and plazas – all designed to boost Gwangju's capital in the art world. It's located on…

6. May 18th National Cemetery

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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…

7. Mudeungsan National Park

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Overlooking Gwangju, Mudeungsan National Park is a gorgeous green mountain range with a spiderweb of well-signed trails leading to the peak, Cheonwang…

8. Changpyeong Slow City


South Korea may have developed at a breakneck speed, but it was also the first Asian country to sign on to the international cittaslow, or 'slow city'…