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Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do File:Gwangju-si logo.gif
Hangul: 광주시
Hanja: 廣州市
Revised Romanization: Gwangju-si
McCune-Reischauer: Kwangju-si
Area: 431.61 km²
Population: 186,200 2003
Pop. density: 431.4 people/km²
Administrative divisions: 1 eup, 3 dong, 6 myeon
File:Map Gwangju-si.png

Gwangju (광주시, , wide.province.city) is a city in Gyeonggi-do. The population as of 2004 was 212,621, including:

  • 205,641 Koreans and
  • 6,980 non-Koreans.



Though the pronunciation of Gwangju is the same as the other Gwangju located in Jeollanam-do, the hanja is different; the smaller Gwangju means "wide province city" whereas the larger Gwangju means "bright province city." As there is a large difference in their population and prominence, in most cases when someone refers to "Gwangju" they will mean the Gwangju in the south.

As Gwangju is located two steps outside of Seoul, it is more isolated than those sharing a border with the capital and this should be taken into account when considering living in the city.

  • Number of households: 64,939 (2003.6)
  • Administrative divisions: 1 eup, 6 myeon, 3 dong
  • Location of city hall: 120-8 Songjeong-dong, Gwangju-shi, Gyeonggi-do (경기 광주시 송정동 120-8)
  • City flower: 개나리
  • City tree: Ginkgo (은행나무)
  • City bird: 제비
  • City animal: Cow (소)

To the east are the counties of Yeoju and Yangpyeong, to the west is the city of Seongnam, to the south are the cities of Yongin and Icheon, and to the north is the city of Namyangju.

There are a large number of mountains, and the Gwangju Mountains (광주산맥, 廣州山脈) themselves are named after the city. The amount of flat land in the city is only 22%.

Some of the rivers in the city include the Gyeongancheon (경안천, 京安川), the Ucheon (우천, 牛川), the Tancheon (탄천, 炭川) and the Sepicheon (세피천, 洗皮川). These all flow into the Han River.

The city is located away from the sea and there is a relatively large amount of rain. The average temperature over the year is 11℃, the average in January is -4.7℃, and the average in August is 25.5℃. This is a larger temperature difference during the seasons than the city of Shiheung for example, which is located close to the ocean. The average yearly precipitation in Gwangju is 1,256.4mm.

Restaurants and Bars

Gwangju is a 20-25 minute bus ride away from Moran Station, which is in the popular shopping and nightlife hotbed of Bundang.


As the average Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants are in abundance throughout Korea and are easy for foreigners to find, the following restaurants reflect a sampling of restaurants considered to be either popular or are western-friendly choices and other ethnic foods.



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Cities in Gyeonggi-do Location of Gyeonggi-do

Ansan | Anseong | Anyang | Bucheon | Dongducheon | Gimpo | Goyang | Gunpo | Guri | Gwacheon | Gwangju | Gwangmyeong | Hanam | Hwaseong | Icheon | Namyangju | Osan | Paju | Pocheon | Pyeongtaek | Seongnam | Shiheung | Suwon | Uijeongbu | Uiwang | Yangju | Yongin |

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