8 Sights in Gwangju, South Korea (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Gwangju, South Korea. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 8 sights are available in Gwangju, South Korea.

1. 5.18 Gwangju Democratic Movement Archives

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The Gwangju Uprising, known in Korean as May 18, took place in Gwangju, South Korea, in 1980. The uprising was a response to the coup d'état of May Seventeenth that installed Chun Doo-hwan as military dictator and implemented martial law. Following his ascent to power, Chun arrested opposition leaders, closed all universities, banned political activities, and suppressed the press. The uprising was violently suppressed by the South Korean military. The uprising is also known as the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Democratization Struggle, the May 18 Democratic Uprising or the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea.

Wikipedia: Gwangju Uprising (EN), Website

2. Namhansanseong Fortress

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Namhansanseong FortressKhitai (a flickr user) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Namhansanseong (Korean: 남한산성) is a historical mountain fortress city 25 km southeast of Seoul, South Korea. It sits approximately 480 m above sea level and is aligned with the ridges of the mountain for maximum defensibility. The fortress, stretching 12 km in length, protects a vast area used as an emergency capital city during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (1392–1910). The design is based on fortress architecture of East Asia, embodying aspects of four historical cultural styles: the Joseon of Korea, the Azuchi-Momoyama Period of Japan, and Ming and Qing China.

Wikipedia: Namhansanseong (EN)

3. Owen Memorial Hall

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Owen Memorial Hall

The Owen Memorial Hall (Owen 紀念閣) is a building built during the Japanese colonial period at the Christian College of Nursing in Yangnim-dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju to commemorate Clement Owen and his grandfather William Owen, who were martyred while working in Gwangju Metropolitan City as missionaries. On May 7, 1998, it was designated as Tangible Cultural Property No. 26 of Gwangju Metropolitan City.

Wikipedia: 오웬기념각 (KO), Website

4. Sungyeoljeon Shrine

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Sungyeoljeon Shrine 문화재청 / KOGL Type 1

Sungnyeoljeon (崇烈殿) is a shrine located in Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, and enshrines the plaques of King Onjo (18 BC ~ AD 28), the founder of Baekje, and Sueosa Iseo (1580 ~ 1637), who was in charge at the time of the construction of Namhansanseong in 1624 (Injo 2). On May 4, 1972, it was designated as Tangible Cultural Property No. 2 of Gyeonggi-do.

Wikipedia: 숭렬전 (KO)

5. Im-dong Cathedral

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju is a particular church of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church, one of the three Metropolitan sees of the Catholic Church in Korea. The Archdiocese covers the city of Gwangju and entire South Jeolla Province.

Wikipedia: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju (EN)

6. Jeongyulseong Birthplace

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Jeongyulseong Birthplace unknown / Fair use

Zheng Lücheng or Chong Ryul-song was a Korean-born Chinese composer of Korean ethnicity. He is most notable for having composed the music to the Military Anthem of the People's Liberation Army, to words by Gong Mu.

Wikipedia: Zheng Lücheng (EN)

7. Memorial stone for Jo Hyeong

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The Yuhebi (翠屛 趙珩 遺墟碑) is a Joseon Dynasty monument located in Dochon-dong, Gwangju, Gwangju. On November 15, 1990, it was designated as Tangible Cultural Property No. 18 of Gwangju Metropolitan City.

Wikipedia: 취병 조형 유허비 (KO), Url

8. Sueojangdae

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The Fishing Pole (守禦將臺) is a Joseon Dynasty fortress facility located in Namhansanseong, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. On May 4, 1972, it was designated as the first tangible cultural property of Gyeonggi-do.

Wikipedia: 수어장대 (KO)


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