Gwangju & Jeollanam-do Gwangju Tourist Attractions


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Asia Culture Center

Launched in November 25, 2015, the Asia Culture Center has served as a world-class cultural complex dedicated to cultural exchange, collection, research of cultural resources, and creation and production of art content. It also functions as a one-stop venue of exhibition, performance, archives, and distributions in Asia. The center has various cultural facilities, including the ACC Culture Exchange, ACC Archive & Research, ACC Creation, ACC Children, ACC Theater, Asia Plaza, Yeolin Madang, Hanul Madang, and Rooftop Garden. Designed to maintain Asian values, the center creates cultural content through cultural exchanges between Asian countries, and organizes performances and exhibitions. Furthermore, it offers distribution systems through which creative works can be exported to Asia and the rest of the world. The center is a playground where visitors can experience and enjoy culture through its vast facilities, libraries, and programs, like exhibitions and performances. At the same time, the ACC is a place of learning for all to search and research an infinite amount of materials on Asia and become professional experts in culture.
Address: 38 Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Telephone : 1899-5566
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (Thursday, Saturday ~19:00)
Interior Facility Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
External Facility Opening Hours: 8:00 ~ 22:00

※ Culture Day every Wednesday. Every last Wednesday of the month is from 10:00 ~ 21:00

Closed every Monday; January 1th; Chuseok and Seollal.
Bus stop: Culture Complex Station
Subway: Culture Complex Station Exit 3

Art Street

Along this 300-meter street in the downtown area, exhibitions and performances are open to the public, and a variety of folk-art items are sold.
Address: 51-6 Gung-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju (runs parallel to the main Geumnam-no downtown artery, two small blocks away on the north side)
Telephone: 062-220-0225, 062-224-0756
Opening hours: daily, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Bus stop: Art Street Entrance , or a 2-minute walk from Culture Complex Station
Subway: Culture Complex Station

Yangnim-dong Modern History Culture Village

With various modern architectural buildings and a forest of trees over 100 years old, Yangnim-dong is a living museum of history, architecture, culture, and art. During the Japanese Occupation, the foreign missionary built churches, schools, and hospitals in Yangrim-dong; thus earning for the area nicknames like "Jerusalem of Gwangju" and "Occidental Village."
Early Christian relics and traditional Korean sites remain just as they were in the old days along narrow alleys; lining Minsok-gil are traditional hanok homes including the House of Choe Seung-hyo and the House of Yi Jang-u.
Address: 108-19 Yangnim-dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-607-2331
Subway: Culture Complex Station, Namgwangju Station

Penguin Village

Follow the penguin-shaped signage and enter the narrow street behind Yangnim-dong Community Service Center. You will find a village from the 1970s and '80s being transformed into an outdoor exhibition space. The "Penguin Village" was named after the way the elderly with knee pain walked somewhat like penguins.
Villagers began to clean up burned down and abandoned houses there and brought things to exhibit on the walls. Someone wrote on the wall, "Let's be thankful that we lived in those days." Penguin Tavern, in the middle of the village, is a chat room for residents. The room, though small, is filled with all kinds of objects from the residents. In front of the Craft Studio, residents post village newsletters.
Address: Cheonbyeonjwa-ro 446beon-gil 7, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-607-4502
Subway: Culture Complex Station , Namgwangju Station

Mudeung Mountain National Park

Mudeung Mountain (無等山) is Gwangju’s most famous landmark. Regarded as the guardian mountain of the city, local citizens take great pride in this mountain. Every weekend, people from all over the city come to the easily accessible mountain to stroll, hike, or simply visit the temples and its many attractions. The mountain is also famous for photo opportunities in all seasons. In 1972, the mountain was designated a Provincial Park and in 2012, further upgraded to a National Park.
To get to the mountain area, you can take a downtown bus either to Jeungsimsa or Wonhyosa. To get to Jeungsimsa, you can take a bus to Jeungsimsa (bus stop) or to Wonhyosa .
Address: Jisan-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju // (the mountain extends from the city to Hwasun and Damyang county)
Telephone: 062-227-1187
Opening hours: Everyday, 04:00~17:00
Bus stop: Mudeung Mountain , Jeungsim-sa) (Bus 02, 09, 12, 35, 49, 50, 51, 54, 76)
Famous locations around the mountain: Jeungsim-sa, Wonhyo-sa, Uijae Art Gallery
Highest peak: Cheonwangbong (1187 m)

Jeungsimsa Temple

Jeungsimsa Temple, the representative Buddhist temple in the Gwangju region, is located on the western foot of Mudeungsan Mountain. The temple was founded by Master Cheolgam in 860 (the 4th year of the reign of King Heonin of the Silla Dynasty) and reconstructed by the National Preceptor Hyeso in 1094 under the reign of King Seonjong of the Goryeo Dynasty. When it was rebuilt by Kim Bang in 1443 under the rule of King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty, 500 arhat images were created. The temple burned down during the Second Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1597 but rebuilt during the reign of Prince Gwanghae. The stronghold of the Korean movement of the Linji School (part of Zen Buddhism) opposing Japanese Buddhism during the Japanese Occupation was none other than Jeungsimsa Temple. Most buildings were again burned during the Korean War in the 1950s but, through active restoration projects after the 1970s, Jijangjeon Hall and Birojeonjeokmukdang Hall were newly built. Fortunately, the Joseon Dynasty-era Obaekjeon Hall survived. Despite its original form being lost during the Korean War, Jeungsimsa Temple is the symbol of all temples in the Gwangju region due to its pivotal position in Korean history and its location near scenic Mudeungsan Mountain. On the temple ground, Obaekjeon Hall, the Three-story Stone Pagoda, Five-story Stone Pagoda, Seven-story Stone Pagoda, Five-hundred Arhats, Iron Seated Vairocana Buddha (Treasure No. 131), and Stone Standing Bodhisattvas have been conserved.
Address: 177 Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju
Telephone : 062-226-0108
Bus stop: Mudeung Mountain (Jeungsim-sa )

May 18th Liberty Park

5·18 Liberty Park is located across the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Sangmu district, and has the hall of liberty, exhibiting remnants, and images of old times - the guardhouse, the military law court and the Deulbul Seven-Patriots Tower. The guardhouse, where many patriots related to National May 18 Democratic Cemetery in 1980 were detained, and the Sangmudae court where military trials were held, were restored and moved to a location 100 meters away.
Address: 1161-1 Chipyeong-dong, Seo-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-376-5197
Bus stop: 5.18 Liberty Park
Subway Stop: Uncheon (Honam University) Station

Gwangju Park

Gwangju Park was a place where Japanese shrines were located at the time during the Japanese occupation.
There are also remains of the five-stone pagoda in Gwangju, which is the designated national treasure No. 109, and the memorial tower and the 4th and 19th sacrificial spirit memorials standing in the square.
It is the first park in Gwangju for citizens to relax and to enjoy the city center.
Address : Jungang-ro 107beongil 15, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-672-0660
Bus Stop: Gwangju Park

Gwangju Hyanggyo (Confucian School)

Gwangju Hyanggyo offers classes on Confucian doctrines, calligraphy, fundamental Chinese characters, tea ceremony, and other important Korean traditional rituals, including coming-of-age, wedding, funeral, and ancestral ceremonies. Group reservations are available for schools and children.
Address: Jungang-ro 107beon-gil 5, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-672-7008
Opening hours: Sunday-Friday 09:00-17:00
Admission Fee: free
Bus Stop: Hyanggyo Entrance

Pochungsa Shrine

The shrine is located in Wonsan-dong, Nam-gu (South district), Gwangju City and was built by King Seonjo in 1606 after giving him the name 'Pochung'. In 1978, with the support of the government, who wanted to develop the shrine into the representative holy place in Honam (Jeolla provinces), a shrine, relics hall, Naesammun (inside three gates), Woesammun (outside three gates) and the Jeonghwa monument were added to the shrine. Pochungsa was the shrine attended to by the King.
Address : 767 Pochung-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-613-3471
Bus Stop: Pochungsa

Gwangju Lake Ecology Park

Gwangju Lake Ecology Park, built in a 191,400 square-meter area right next to Gwangju Lake, is home to a natural garden, natural education center, wild flower garden, loan square, and other convenience facilities; as well as a place where visitors can view an underwater environment, swamp, trees and other plants. Since its opening in March 2006, the garden is widely loved as a place for relaxation for citizens and great place to teach the importance of nature to children.
Address: 442-6 Chunghyo-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-613-7891
Bus Stop: Gwangju Lake Ecology Park

Jungoe Park

Jungoe Park is popular as an urban neighborhood park where you can take a rest in natural surroundings. There are Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju Folk Museum of Art, and an exhibition hall for sports and sports events at the park.
In addition, the museum also has Gwangju Culture and Arts Center and Gwangju Museum nearby, making it a cultural belt in Gwangju.
Address: 50 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-613-7124
Bus Stops : Gwangju Culture & Art Center 문화예술회관후문, Gwangju Physical Education High School , Jungang Girls' High School

May 18th National Cemetery

The May 18th National Cemetery is the symbol of freedom and democracy and is the graveyard of victims during May 1980 democratic uprising. In 1997 the graveyards were exhumed and reburied at this memorial. May 18th National Cemetery has became a symbol of the nation's desire for democracy.
Address : 200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Telephone : 062-268-0518
Opening hours: March-October, 6:00-18:00; November –February, 7:00-18:00
Bus stop: May 18th Park Cemetery Entrance

Kumho Family Land

The only amusement park in Gwangju has many rides, duck boats, outdoor swimming pools, and sled rides. Sometimes Kumho Family Land holds light festival in the evening. Family can also enjoy the Uchi Zoo next to the amusement park.
Address: 677 Uchi-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-607-8000
Opening hours: 09:30~17:30 / closed time can change by the weather (Friday, Weekends and public holidays 9:30-21:00)
Bus stop: Uchi Park

1913 Songjeong Station Market

Songjeong Station Market was opened in 1913, in connection with the opening of Gwangju-Songjeong Station. For many years, the market was the go-to-place for necessary items and produce, but with the increase of large marts in the 1990s, people began to visit traditional markets less and less. In order to increase the liveliness of Songjeong Station Market and showcase the difference between large marts and a traditional market, the entire space was redesigned around the theme of time. The newly redesigned the 1913 Songjeong Station Market, located just across the street from Gwangju-Songjeong KTX Station, has a bright appearance with modern-style architecture and signboards detailing the history of the various shops. Visitors can enjoy all the classic market foods here, such as hotteok (hot griddle cakes), gyeran bap (rice with egg), and eomuk (fish cake).
Address: Songjeong-ro 8beon-gil 13, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju
Telephone: 062-941-6605

※ Recommended Tour Course

  1. Asia Culture Center - Chungjang-ro - Art Street
  2. Mudeung Mountain National Park - Jeungsimsa - Traditional Culture Hall
  3. May 18 Memorial Park - Sangmu-jigu Area
  4. Gwangju Park - Gwangju Hyanggyo
  5. Gwangju Lake Eco Park - Gasa Culture Center
  6. Jungoe Park - Gwangju National Museum - Gwangju Museum of Art - Gwangju Folk Museum - Biennale Exhibition Hall - Gwangju Culture & Art Center
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