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A hotel in Gwangju is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Gwangju hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Gwangju are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Gwangju hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Gwangju hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Gwangju have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Gwangju
An upscale full service hotel facility in Gwangju that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Gwangju hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Gwangju
Full service Gwangju hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Gwangju
Boutique hotels of Gwangju are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Gwangju boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Gwangju may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Gwangju
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Gwangju travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Gwangju focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Gwangju
Small to medium-sized Gwangju hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Gwangju traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Gwangju hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Gwangju
A bed and breakfast in Gwangju is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Gwangju bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Gwangju B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Gwangju
Gwangju hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Gwangju hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Gwangju
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Gwangju hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Gwangju lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Gwangju
Gwangju timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Gwangju often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Gwangju on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Gwangju
A Gwangju motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Gwangju for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Gwangju motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about Gwangju Metropolitan City. For the smaller city of the same name in Hangul and English near Seoul, see Gwangju, Gyeonggi. For one of its sister cities which has similar name in China, see Guangzhou.
Gwangju
광주시
Metropolitan City
Gwangju Metropolitan City
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• Hangul 광주광역시
• Hanja 光州廣域市
Revised Romanization Gwangju-gwangyeoksi
McCune-Reischauer Kwangju-kwangyŏksi
Downtown Gwangju from city hall
Downtown Gwangju from city hall
Flag of Gwangju
Flag
Official logo of Gwangju
Slogan of Gwangju
Map of South Korea with Gwangju highlighted
Map of South Korea with Gwangju highlighted
Country South Korea
Region Honam
Districts 5
Government
• Mayor Yoon Jang-hyeon
Area
• Total 501.24 km (193.53 sq mi)
Population (October, 2014)
• Total 1,477,780
• Density 2,900/km (7,600/sq mi)
• Dialect Jeolla
ISO 3166 code KR-29
Flower Royal Azalea
Tree Ginkgo
Bird Dove
GDP US$ 36.7 billion
GDP per capita US$ 24,520
Website gwangju.go.kr

Gwangju (Korean pronunciation: [kwaŋ.dʑu]) is the sixth largest city in South Korea. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005.

Gwang (광, Chinese letter: 光) means "light" and Ju (주, Chinese letter: 州) means "province." Areas of scenery along the outskirts of the city gave birth to gasa, a form of Korean classical poetry. Located in the center of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.

Gwangju: History

The city was established in 57 BC. It was one of the administrative centres of Baekje during the Three Kingdoms Period.

In 1929, during the period of Japanese rule, a confrontation between Korean and Japanese students in the city turned into a regional demonstration, which culminated in one of the major nationwide uprisings against Japanese rule during the colonial period.

Modern industry was established in Gwangju with the construction of a railway to Seoul. Some of the industries that took hold include cotton textiles, rice mills and breweries. Construction of a designated industrial zone in 1967 encouraged growth in industry, especially in the sectors linked to the automobile industry.

In May 1980, peaceful demonstrations took place in Gwangju against a head of 'Shingunbu'(new military force), Chun Doo-hwan. The demonstrations were suppressed by military forces, including elite units of the Special Operations Command. The situation escalated after a violent crackdown, resulting in the Gwangju Uprising, where the civilians raided armories and armed themselves. By the time that the uprising was suppressed, many hundred civilians and several policemen / soldiers were dead. After civilian rule was reinstated, a national cemetery was established honouring the victims of the incident.

In 1986, Gwangju separated from Jeollanam-do to become a Directly Governed City (Jikhalsi), and then became a Metropolitan City (Gwangyeoksi) in 1995.

Gwangju is the main campaign capital of the liberal Democratic United Party, and its predecessors.

Arts, culture, Automobile, food and democracy are some of the keywords that can represent Gwangju.

Gwangju: Administrative divisions

Main article: List of districts of Gwangju

Gwangju is divided into 5 districts ("Gu").

Map Name Korean Hanja

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Districts
Buk District 북구 北區
Dong District 동구 東區
Gwangsan District 광산구 光山區
Nam District 남구 南區
Seo District 서구 西區

Gwangju: Religion

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Religion in Gwangju (2005)

Not religious (52.9%)
Protestantism (19.7%)
Buddhism (14.4%)
Catholicism (13%)

According to the census of 2005, of the people of Gwangju 32.7% follow Christianity (19.7% Protestantism and 13% Catholicism) and 14.4% follow Buddhism. 52.9% of the population is mostly not religious or follow Muism and other indigenous religions.

Gwangju: Population

The population model of Gwangju is as follows;

Year Population
1960 409,283
1966 532,235
1970 622,755
1975 737,283
1980 856,545
1985 1,042,508
1990 1,139,003
1995 1,257,636
2000 1,352,797
2005 1,417,716
2010 1,475,745

Gwangju: Climate

Climate data for Gwangju (1981–2010, extremes 1938–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
21.1
(70)
26.8
(80.2)
29.1
(84.4)
33.9
(93)
36.7
(98.1)
38.5
(101.3)
37.7
(99.9)
34.4
(93.9)
31.1
(88)
27.1
(80.8)
19.7
(67.5)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) 5.3
(41.5)
7.8
(46)
13.0
(55.4)
19.6
(67.3)
24.3
(75.7)
27.5
(81.5)
29.6
(85.3)
30.7
(87.3)
26.9
(80.4)
21.8
(71.2)
14.6
(58.3)
8.1
(46.6)
19.1
(66.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
2.5
(36.5)
7.0
(44.6)
13.2
(55.8)
18.3
(64.9)
22.4
(72.3)
25.6
(78.1)
26.2
(79.2)
21.9
(71.4)
15.8
(60.4)
9.1
(48.4)
3.1
(37.6)
13.8
(56.8)
Average low °C (°F) −3.1
(26.4)
−1.8
(28.8)
2.1
(35.8)
7.5
(45.5)
13.0
(55.4)
18.2
(64.8)
22.5
(72.5)
22.8
(73)
17.8
(64)
10.9
(51.6)
4.5
(40.1)
−0.9
(30.4)
9.5
(49.1)
Record low °C (°F) −19.4
(−2.9)
−17.7
(0.1)
−10.7
(12.7)
−4.5
(23.9)
1.4
(34.5)
7.2
(45)
14.9
(58.8)
12.6
(54.7)
5.6
(42.1)
−2.7
(27.1)
−7.2
(19)
−13.7
(7.3)
−19.4
(−2.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 37.1
(1.461)
47.9
(1.886)
60.8
(2.394)
80.7
(3.177)
96.6
(3.803)
181.5
(7.146)
308.9
(12.161)
297.8
(11.724)
150.5
(5.925)
46.8
(1.843)
48.8
(1.921)
33.5
(1.319)
1,391
(54.764)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 11.0 9.0 9.5 8.9 9.3 10.7 15.5 14.9 9.8 6.8 9.0 10.0 124.4
Average snowy days 11.1 7.1 2.8 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 8.1 31.0
Average relative humidity (%) 67.7 65.2 62.9 61.9 66.4 72.8 80.0 78.1 74.3 68.4 68.1 68.8 69.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 159.9 164.6 192.0 213.0 222.8 169.2 145.4 172.6 172.3 205.2 163.6 155.9 2,136.3
Percent possible sunshine 51.1 53.4 51.8 54.3 51.3 39.0 32.9 41.4 46.3 58.5 52.7 51.1 48.0
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration (percent sunshine and snowy days)

Gwangju: Education

Chonnam National University, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju Education University are public universities in Gwangju.

Honam Univ, Gwangju University, Gwangshin University, Gwangju Women's University, Nambu University, Chosun University, and Honam Christian University are private universities.

Gwangju Health University is a private community college offering associate degrees in humanities and social sciences, healthcare sciences, and a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Gwangju has 593 schools, consisting of 234 kindergartens, 145 elementary schools, 84 middle schools, 65 high schools, 1 science high school (Gwangju science academy), 7 junior colleges, 9 universities, 38 graduate schools, and 11 others (as of 1 May 2009) with a total of 406,669 students, or 28.5% of the total city population. The average number of students per household is 0.8.

Gwangju: Transportation

The city is served by the Gwangju Subway. An extension was completed in April 2008 with another due for completion in 2012. There are two KTX (high-speed rail) stations in the city: Gwangju Station and Gwangju Songjeong Station. Gwangju Songjeong station connects to the Gwangju Subway and local bus system. Now the Songjeong station is mainly used.

Gwangju has an extensive system of public buses that traverse the city. Bus stops and buses themselves contain stop information in Korean and in English. Local buses, but not the subway or KTX, connect to the intercity Gwangju Bus Terminal known as U-Square.

Gwangju public transport fares can be paid with cash, some Korean bank cards, or via reloadable public transport cards, or small accessories attachable to phones or keychains, such as Hanpay, T-Money, and CashBee which are available at convenience stores. A small discount is provided when using non-cash fare. Reduced fares are available for youth (13 to 18) and children (7 to 12). As of August 1, 2016 Gwangju transportation fares, in KRW, are:

Adult Adult Youth Youth Child Child
Cash Non-cash (Card) Cash Non-cash (Card) Cash Non-cash (Card)
Regular Buses 1,400 1,250 1,000 800 500 400
Express Buses 1,800 1,700 1,500 1,350 1,000 850

Transfers can be made for free between local bus routes and the subway when using non-cash fare, provided that the user taps off when changing between modes of transportation, is going in the same direction, and, in the case of bus-to-bus transfers, is taking a bus with a different route number. Free transfers between buses can be taken within one hour of tapping off; transfers from bus to subway must occur within half an hour.

Most local taxis accept local and foreign cards in addition to cash and public transportation cards such as Hanpay.

Gwangju is also served by the Gwangju Airport.

Gwangju: Tourism

  • Gwangju Asia Culture Center - The Asia Culture Center (also known as the ACC or Asian Culture Complex) is a facility located in downtown Gwangju designed to celebrate and explore Gwangju's artistic and democratic culture and history as well as provide space to host exhibits, experiences, and events from international artists. It is built primarily below street level, though its design incorporates large amounts of natural lighting. There are five facilities: ACC Exchange, ACC Theater, ACC Creation, ACC Archive & Research, and ACC Children.
    • Facilities
      • ACC Exchange includes May 18th Memorial Halls 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the Ticket Office and Visitor Centre, and the Exchange and Cooperation centre. It is the only facility located on street level and incorporates buildings that survived the May 18th democratic uprising. The May 18th Democracy Square and a public use plaza are also located on street level. ACC Exchange has no charge for admission to the May 18 Memorial.
      • ACC Archive and Research, located in basement levels one through four includes a lecture room, conference hall, the Asian Culture Research Institute, Asian Culture Academy, Library Park, a Theater, a Reading Room, the Asian Culture Resource Archives, and the Culture Archive Storage. The Archives are free to the public.
      • ACC Creation, located in basement levels two through four contains six spaces for exhibits and installations and the ACT Studio. General admission to the exhibits is 20,000 won, 14,000 won for students, and 5,000 won for elementary aged students.
      • ACC Theater, located in basement levels three and four, includes two theaters with convertible seating, one of which can open to connect with the Outdoor Space to form an Outdoor Theater with open-air seating. Pricing for theater events varies.
      • ACC Children, located in basement levels one and two, comprises the Culture Adventure centre, Children's Content R&D Center, the Play Culture, Play Kids, Playhouse, and Play Library centres, a Cafeteria and Lunch Lounge, and a Children's Event Hall. Prices vary between areas of ACC Children.
  • Gwangju Biennale – This is a modern art festival that is held every two years. It was first launched in 1995. The Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall is located at the Jung-oe Park Culture Center and the Science Center.
  • Gwangju Culture & Art Center – The Center regularly hosts events.Gwangju Culture & Art Center Official Website
  • Gwangju Hyanggyo (Confucian School) – Gwangju Hyanggyo is located in the Gwangju Park in Sa-dong. There are traditional houses here estimated as built during the 1st year of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392. This school continues to hold memorial ceremonies for Confucius twice a year. Admission is free. More about Gwangju Hyanggyo
  • Gwangju National Museum – The museum houses a permanent collection of historical art and cultural relics that date back to the old Joseon and Goryeo periods of Korean history. The museum also organizes exhibitions and cultural learning activities that are open to the public.
  • Gwangju 5.18Road – 5.18 Road is the course about the Democratisation Movement in 1980. The courses include the historical places. More about 5.18Road
  • May 18th National Cemetery
  • 8 Scenes and 5 Flavours of Gwangju
  • Food Streets
    • Gwangju has numerous designated Food Streets where multiple restaurants serving dishes renowned to Gwangju can be found. These include Mudeungsan Boribap Street (a meal of barley with a variety of side dishes), Duck Cook Street (oritang, a duck stew, and grilled duck), Folk Tteokgalbi Street (a meal of grilled minced pork or beef patties eaten wrapped in lettuce and served with ox bone soup and a variety of side dishes) and Kotgejang Baekban Street (a meal of crabs preserved in soy sauce served with a variety of side dishes).

Gwangju: Sport and culture

  • It is the home of KIA Tigers of the Korea Professional Baseball League (KBO)
    Gwangju-Kia Champions Field, home field of Kia Tigers.
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup – Gwangju World Cup Stadium was one of the venues used for the World Cup, and was where the South Korea national football team advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in its history, by defeating Spain.
  • It is the home of Gwangju FC of the Korea Professional Soccer League (K-League)
  • Universiade – It was the venue for the 2015 Summer Universiade games.
  • The 3rd Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, in 2006, was held at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium.
  • The International Design Alliance (IDA) appointed Gwangju as the host destination of the 2015 IDA Congress.
  • Festivals are held in Gwangju (ko:광주광역시의 축제 목록)
  • 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships
  • 2014 Gwangju ACE Fair (Asia Content & Entertainment Fair)
Gwangju Sangmu Gymnasium

Gwangju: Cityscape

  • Mudeungsan – It is a mountain which is a part of Mudeungsan National Park.

Gwangju: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in South Korea

Gwangju: Twin towns – Sister cities

Gwangju is twinned with:

  • United States San Antonio, United States (1982)
  • China Guangzhou, China (1996)
  • Indonesia Medan, Indonesia (1997)
  • Japan Sendai, Japan (2002)

Gwangju: Partnerships and Cooperations

Other forms of partnership and city friendship similar to the twin city programmes exist:

  • Italy Turin, Italy

Gwangju: See also

  • Gwangju massacre
  • List of Korea-related topics
  • List of cities in South Korea

Gwangju: References

  1. "Welcome". Gwangju Metropolitan City.
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  3. "Global city GDP 2014". Brookings Institution. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. "The History of Gwangju".
  5. "May 18th Democratic Uprising".
  6. "The History of Gwangju".
  7. 2005 Census - Religion Results
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