The 10 Best Things to Do in Gwangju, South Korea

July 20, 2017 Harland Bartelt

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.
Restaurants in Gwangju

1. Namhansanseong Provincial Park

Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-777-7500
Excellent
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4 based on 52 reviews

Namhansanseong Provincial Park

Reviewed By thelonious22 - Seongnam

Great place for a hike (except maybe in mid summer)...takes about 3-4 hours to walk around the entire fortress...center of the park has some sights like the temporary palace and the arsenal along with a good selection of restaurants...great place to spend a day if you want a good hike...

310 Jeondae-ri, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-320-5000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Everland

Everland was Korea’s first family park and is still one of its most popular. There is a safari area featuring lions, tigers and bears, a water park, and some of the country’s most famed, lush Gardens.

Reviewed By Murali K

Theme park loaded with all age fun from adventure, carnival, zoo and food. Friendly staffs, good transport and free parking. Some attractions are closed due to maintenance and seasonal shutdown which is disappointing. Try be there early as possible to enjoy all and expect long wait for popular rides.

3. Namhansanseong Fortress

784-16, Namhansanseong-ro, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-743-6610
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Namhansanseong Fortress

Reviewed By Erin W - Shanghai, China

The fortress is located in Namhansanseong provincial park. The best thing about the park is the walking but if you come for the palace and the fortress then the fortress is located a short walk up hill from the palace. The fortress is an attractive tradition building with good views over the woodland and Seoul. It is not a particularly large structure so combine it with a short walk along the wall located behind it. For directions see reviews on Namhansanseong provincial park. Unlike the palace the fortress is free.

4. Caribbean Bay

310 Jeondae-ri, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-320-5000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Caribbean Bay

Reviewed By Julie Y - New Jersey

I've visited Caribbean Bay several time. It was okay most of the time. It was fun but I became easily tired because of a bunch of people. And there were not enough places for me to take a rest. But it all has changed now. Last week, I went this place again and I rent a sun bed this time. It was 50,000 KRW. I didn't expect much. But it definitely worths every penny. Had some fun in a pool and came back to my bed. Took a short nap, then ate food and etc. It felt that I was in a resort. And I've never ever felt that way here before. That one small sun bed just changed my day. If you want to spend a whole day here, I highly recommend a sun bed. You won't regret it.

5. Seongnam Arts Center

808, Seongnam-daero, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do 13514, South Korea +82 31-783-8000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Seongnam Arts Center

Reviewed By Jaenica L - Fussa, Tokyo, Japan

Actually just went here to see Deathnote musical at the Opera house. Whole facility looked nice from the outside. The opera house itself was gorgeous. Design was great so that it could fit a large audience while still providing great viewing points all around. I sat 2nd floor near that back but was still able to see the stage perfectly.
Location-quite a bit of a walk from the train station. After the musical I was tired & regretted wearing heels from the initial trek up, luckily there were Taxi cabs sitting right at the entrance.

6. U-Square

904, Mujin-daero, Seo-gu, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do 61937, South Korea +82 62-360-8114
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

U-Square

Reviewed By Bob G

The U Square central bus station has many places to eat, and is the hub for travel by bus. Getting a bus booked works well if you are an English speaking visitor, the booking staff are helpful and the long distance buses are comfortable.
There are also plenty of great places to eat at the U square. There is a place that does a buffet meal which is terrific and is easily found my looking upstairs for the queues outside

7. Book Theme Park

412, Yul-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea +82 31-708-3588
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4 based on 20 reviews

Book Theme Park

Reviewed By CanisHan - Guri, South Korea

C1 ( 2017.04.07 ) This park was located in Yuldong park, and well managed. But this attraction was small library rather than theme park because there was smaller than I think and had not many books. I think there was local library with good atmosphere.

8. Hwadam Botanic Garden

278, Docheogwit-ro, Docheok-myeon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do 12809, South Korea +82 31-8026-6666
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5 based on 3 reviews

Hwadam Botanic Garden

Reviewed By Ji Hyun K

유모차도 다닐수있게 길이 완만하게 되어있지만
모노레일이 있어서 거동불편하신 분들도 편하게 힐링할수 있는 곳
음료수외엔 음식류 소지안되다보니 주변이 깨끗하게 관리되어있네요
출구바로 앞 음식점있어서 출출한 배 채우기 좋음
음식 맛도 좋네요.강추ㅋ
화담숲 계절이 바뀔때마다 오고싶네요

9. Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum

72-1, Sam-ri, Gonjiam-eup, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do 464-873, South Korea +82 31-799-1500
Excellent
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4 based on 5 reviews

Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum

Reviewed By egz39 - Dongducheon, South Korea

Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum ~ Is the centerpiece of Gonjiam Ceramic Park that offers permanent Exhibutions on Ceramics dating from Ancient times, opened to the public in 2013 is located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-Do Province Republic of Korea; This historic attraction was home to the Royal Kilns 'people' that produced Ceramics for the Royal household for the five hundred years of the Joseon Dynasty. This historic attraction will forever hold a sacred heartfelt remembrance of a people for me. #AMustVisit!

10. Hoam Art Museum

38, Everland-ro 562beon-gil, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do 17021, South Korea +82 31-320-1801
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Hoam Art Museum

Reviewed By Bobby091 - Seoul, South Korea

Ho-Am museum is an absolute jewel. The grounds of this museum are beautiful. It has been designed exactly like a traditional korean garden. With the four seasons of Korea it can be enjoyed anytime of year. The museum's building is also designed like a traditional house. Wonderful gazebos, a large lotus pond, and wild peacocks roaming all over the grounds creates such an incredible atmosphere. This is by far one a hidden gem. The museum's collection is not all that grand. It is small and mainly consists of a few paintings, pottery, and some wooden furniture. If you are just coming for the art than I would recommend the National Museum in Seoul but if you are coming to experience all it has to offer then this is a place for you. A little out of the way but accessible. There are busses from Seoul to Everland. From Everland's main gate they offer a shuttle bus. The bus runs on the hour, every hour and returns 15 minutes past the hour, every hour. The price is 4,000 won to enter and totally worth it.

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