Gwangju, Gyeonggi

Not to be confused with Gwangju Metropolitan City with the same name or Guangzhou(廣州), China with the same Hanja name.
Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
  Hanja [1]
  Revised Romanization Gwangju-si
  McCune-Reischauer Kwangju-si

Emblem of Gwangju

Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Sudogwon
Administrative divisions 3 eup, 3 dong, 4 myeon
  Total 430.99 km2 (166.41 sq mi)
Population (December 2013)
  Total 286,699
  Density 665.2/km2 (1,723/sq mi)
  Dialect Seoul

Gwangju (Korean pronunciation: [kwaːŋdʑu]) is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, a suburb southeast of Seoul. The city is not to be confused with the much larger Gwangju Metropolitan City, former capital of South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Bunwon-ri in Gwangju took an important role of ceramic production during the Kingdom of Joseon. There had official kilns and produced superb quality of white porcelains for use at the royal court and to export to China.[2]


In 1962, 4 myuns(towns) including 5 ris(townships) were incorporated to Seoul.[3]

In 1973, 6 of ris were separated and these came to parts of Seongnam city. In 1979, gwangju myun promoted eup. In fact, Gwangju was a county but became a city in 2001.[4]

Notable people

Sister cities

Friendship City

See also


  1. 광주역사-연혁
  2. John Onians (2004). Atlas of World Art. Laurence King Publishing. p. 205p. ISBN 1-85669-377-5. Government-sponsored kilns at punwon-ri, near Seoul, produced an exquisite and distinctive Joseon white porcelain for use at court and for export to China. Its undecorated cream-colored surfaces, and austere elegant shapes were thought to reflect a purity of mind and moral character appropriate for Neo-Confucian patrons.
  3. Law concerning Seoul metropolitan city, provinces, counties, districts and counties(1962. 11. 21.)
  4. Establishment of new cities including Hwasung.(2000. 12. 20.)
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Gwangju (Gyeonggi).

Coordinates: 37°22′N 127°17′E / 37.367°N 127.283°E / 37.367; 127.283

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