For some reason, people tend to gravitate toward me when it comes to travel advice: random mutual friends whom I never met, CouchSurfers soliciting advice, and fellow EPIK teachers contacting me about questions regarding bus services, how to find jjimjilbangs, and when is the Kimchi Festival.
I don’t mind these inquiries. Actually, I am more than happy to provide advice about the wonderful city of Gwangju and tend to give more than needed. So, I decided to write up a brief Gwangju (and vicinity) guide to direct to people looking to come. I am going to assume that the reader is a complete Korean noob, so I will provide translations and such. So if you’ve been here for a while, skip over some of the details and pride yourself in being a Korea-traveling vet.
Hope this will be helpful whether you are traveling through Gwangju or considering moving there to live/work/study. I’ve been to every province in Korea and would not want to live anywhere but Gwangju.
I will provide information about the more well-known things in Gwangju (such as Mudeung Mountain), but also the more hidden places that most tourists do not hear about (although I’m a little hesitant to uncover some of my favorite hidden spots!).
Accommodation (coming soon)
Things to do
Quick, get the camera! Scenic Wonderlands (coming soon)
Working up a sweat: Sports and Outdoors (coming soon)
Korea before coffee shops: Traditional Edition (coming soon)
Get cultured: History and Art Edition (coming soon)
Must be August: Rainy Day Edition (coming soon)
Shut up and take my money: Nightlife/Shopping (coming soon)
Getaway: Day Trips (coming soon)
Disclaimer: I have been living in Gwangju during 2012-2015, so obviously I do not know everything, but I have done quite a bit of exploring. These are some of my favorite things about Gwangju and I will draw from my knowledge. I tend to be more interested in outdoors and sports, so something like the historical section may be lacking. If you would like to add more to this guide, please leave a comment below!