Gwangju is a metropolitan city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, and is the country's sixth largest city. Gwangju served as the capital of the province until 2005, when the provincial office moved to the village of Namak in Muan County. Gwang means light in Korean, while Ju means province. The city is best known for its cuisine and its thriving arts culture.
Yangdong Market - Gwangju's Yangdong Market is known to be one of the best traditional markets in South Korea. It offers a wide variety of produce, snacks, and street food, as well as food court that serves a variety of dishes. Aside from food, the market also offers clothes, cosmetics, shoes, furniture, and other random items. Getting to the market is very convenient as it’s on a subway line and is near to the U-Square bus terminal.
Gwangju National Museum - Gwangju's national museum is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the cultural heritage of Jeollanam Province. The staff would be willing to guide you through the four exhibition rooms on two floors, where artefacts from the prehistoric times, pottery, relics, and artworks can be observed up close.
Art Street - Art Street is a backstreet dedicated to arts; it is about three blocks full of galleries, artists, and their works on display. There are also shops that sell affordable art supplies.
Gwangju Bienale and Museum Campus - The prestigious Gwangju Biennale is Asia's first contemporary art biennale, or event that occurs every two years. It started in 1995, and continues to present not just South Korea's but a global perspective on contemporary art. The Gwangju Biennale is hosted by the Metropolitan City of Gwangju and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation. The foundation also hosts the Gwangju Biennale's sister festival, the Gwangju Design Festival, which focuses on elements of interior and exterior design.
How to get around within Gwangju
Getting around Gwangju is relatively easy. Most people choose between buses and taxis, although there is also a subway. Taxis tend to be cheap, at least by western standards, but the rate increases after 12 midnight. The subway is much cheaper; there are 19 stops in total, but the four main stops are at the Culture Centre, Geumnamno-4 & 5, and Sangmu. As for the buses, they are colour-coded; red buses are express buses, yellow buses are standard local buses, green buses are village buses and connect rural areas and smaller communities, and purple buses are district circulator buses.
How to get there
Gwangju Airport is the airport serving the city of Gwangju. It is operated by Korea Airports Cooperation. The airport is served by the airlines Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Korea Express Air, and T'way Airlines fly passengers to and from Jeju, Seoul, and Yangyang. Another airport serving Gwangju is Muan International Airport, which is located in Muan County and also serves Mokpo. The airport currently works with Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines to Beijing, Jeju, and Shanghai. Muan International Airport replaced Mokpo Airport, and is soon to replace Gwangju Airport as well.