|• Revised Romanization||Gwangju-si|
Location in South Korea
|Administrative divisions||3 eup, 3 dong, 4 myeon|
|• Total||430.99 km2 (166.41 sq mi)|
|Population (December 2013)|
|• Density||665.2/km2 (1,723/sq mi)|
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.
In 1962, 4 myuns(towns) including 5 ris(townships) were incorporated to Seoul.
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.
- Choi Sooyoung (1990), part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation
- Lee Hongki (1990), lead singer of F.T. Island
- Lee Hyeri (1994), part of the Korean girl group Girl's Day
- Joseon white porcelain
- Korean pottery and porcelain
- List of cities in South Korea
- Geography of South Korea
- 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.
- Law concerning Seoul metropolitan city, provinces, counties, districts and counties(1962. 11. 21.)
- Establishment of new cities including Hwasung.(2000. 12. 20.)
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