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Gwangju Cultural Tour Guide with Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 (September ~ October)
  • Uijae Museum of Korean Art

    As a commemorative museum for Jae Baek-ryeon Heo, it has Chun-seolwon and Uijae tomb near the museum where you can feel the breath of the master of the 20th century Chinese painting of the Southern School. The museum operates a permanent exhibition with a focus on inheriting the spirit of master Uijae and various exhibitions are held.

    Address: 155 Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu (85-1, Gwangju Un-dong)

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  • Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art

    Contributing to the development of local art as a place of communication for the enjoyment of arts by artists and citizens in Gwangju, various genres of contemporary art are presented in the form of planning series, invitations, and special exhibitions.

    Address: 9, Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju (331-6, Unlim-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju)

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  • De Young Art Museum

    It is leading the process of changes with the new complex art cultural space in the region and contributing as a creative space where citizens and artists can communicate and enjoy arts with programs such as planning exhibitions, special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, standing lectures, children's music education, symposiums and workshops.

    Address: 6 Seongchon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju (Unrim-dong)

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  • Traditional Culture Center

    It is a space of creative workshop to where people can learn and preserve the proud traditional culture of the South. In 2012, the traditional Hanok Musongwon was relocated and restored, where it is the center of Mudeungsan-gu Cultural Sector, and in October, the “Mudeung Ullim Festival” and the “Pulyunamdo Outing” related to lyric literature and Nujung culture are held.

    Address: 222, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju

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  • Woo Jae Gil Art Museum

    You can see at a glance the work of the artist, Woo Jae Gil, the master of color abstraction and an artist of Western painting who represents Gwangju. The museum was expanded to a new complex cultural space by the design of Seung Hyo Sang Architects and promotes 'planning, special, permanent exhibitions, adult, children, school-affiliated education programs, symposiums, and workshops, etc.'.

    Address: 140-6, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju

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  • G & Y Museum of Art

    The museum is operated by a married couple of educators and artists, Guk Jung Hyo and Yoon Young Wol. It holds and studies the artworks of Guk Joong Hyo, an artist of Western painting and the museum organizes exhibitions of artists from various fields in the region.

    Address: 82, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju

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  • Jeungsimsa Temple

    It is said that Hyeso Guksa was reconstructed during Goryeo Seonjong (1094) and Kim Bang gave three cheers during the Joseon Sejong Dynasty (1443) and this is when the im. Obaekjeon is the oldest temple building in the Mudeungsan (the 25th year of King Sejong) and its multi-symbol style of three-layered in the front and the sides, double-roofed shape that is lined up with the hall of Paradise in Muwisa Temple of Gangjin shows off its rarity. The relics of Jeungsimsa Temple include the statue of Seated Vairocana Buddha (Treasure No. 131) enshrined in Obaekjeon and Birojeon (Saseongjeon), Jeungsimsa Saekseok Pagoda (local tangible cultural property No. 1), the stone pagoda of the late Silla and Beomjonggak.

    Address: 155 Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu (85-1, Gwangju Un-dong)

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  • Wonhyosa Temple

    Wonhyosa Temple, located on one side of Mudeungsan district in the north of Mudeungsan, is said to have been named Wonhyoam during the time of Silla because Ambassador Wonhyo loved the beauty of the mountains and built a small temple. There is a tall, long staircase right in front of the temple, and the path to the temple creates an illusion that the sky is as high as the tall forests on both sides.

    Address: 155 Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu (85-1, Gwangju Un-dong)

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  • Wolbong Seowon

    At the beginning of March and September, Chun Chuhyang Sajae, an event that honors and celebrates the learning and virtue of the great teacher Ki Dae Seung, is held at Soongdeoksa Temple and various Wolbong Seowon education and culture programs are offered.

    Address: 452, Gwangsan-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju

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  • Muyang Seowon

    Muyang Seowon originates from Mujin Jiyang, which means 'Sun of Mujin'. Mujin is the old name of Gwangju. Mujin's 'Mu' and Sun's Chinese character 'Yang' were combined and became Muyang. The name Muyang shows the will of the Confucian scholars to broaden the function of the Seowon. It offers educational culture programs.

    Address: 26, Sanwol-ro 21beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju

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  • Hwanbyeokdang Pavilion

    It was founded by Kim Yun Jae (1501-1572) who was a pastor of Naju. As the name signifies, the green wall forms a beautiful natural landscape like a ring and it is a place that shows the most famous Nujung culture and Korean classic poetry of Honam. There is an art experience at the end of each week and on holidays. If you arrive at Hwanbyeokdang Pavilion at 2:30 pm, you may experience a tea ceremony on one day or a Korean traditional music or a pansori performance on some days which will create special memories in a pavilion surrounded in nature.

    Address: 10, Hwanbyeokdang-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Mudeungsan National Park

    Mudeungsan is located in Gwangju, Damyang, and Hwasun with a total area of 75,425k㎡ and 1,187m above sea level.
    Mudeungsan, which is called Gwangju's mother mountain, was designated as National Park No.21 in March 2013. The mountain includes Ipseokdae Rock, Seoseokdae Rock as well as Jusangjeolli Cliff, and has abundant landscape resources including mountain peaks, strange rocks and bizarre stones.

  • Green Road Park

    It is a green road that anyone wants to walk on with flowers and trees on the closed train railroad that used to pass through the center of Gwangju and is a green space and Ssamji Park-type ecological road that represents Gwangju. Linked with cultural contents, it became a base for the regeneration of the old city, which was created by the citizens.
    The green space is 8.3km that extends through Guilim-dong, Chosun University, Namgwangju Market, and Baekwoon Plaza.

  • Gwangju Lake Eco Park

    As an ecological park built on the waterfront of Gwangju Lake, you can experience tidal flats and reed forests in the waterfront wetlands led by a wooden bridge. There are trails and wetland observations, and you can also see insects and wildlife animals such as frogs, toads, snails, leeches, elks, and otters.
    Beside the park, the Grand Willow, which has been in existence for hundreds of years, is Gwangju's well known ecological park that captures visitors’ attention.

    Address: 442-6 Chunghyo-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Asia Culture Center (Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 Special Exhibition)

    Asia Culture Center (ACC) is a global multicultural organization where Asian cultural exchanges, cultural resource collection and research, creation and production of contents, exhibitions, performances, archives, and distribution are all held in one place. It boasts the world's best in the size of its multicultural space. There are various cultural facilities such as Democratic Peace Exchange Center, Cultural Information Center, Cultural Creation Center, Children's Cultural Center, Arts Theater, Asian Culture Plaza, Open Madang, Sky Madang, and Rooftop Park. To capture the value of Asia, Asia Culture Center is creating various cultural contents through cultural exchanges between Asian countries, realizing them through performances and exhibitions, and providing a distribution system that allows to expand the artwork into Asia and the world.
    It is a playground where visitors can experience and enjoy the culture of various facilities including exhibitions, performances, and libraries; moreover, it is a learning place where visitors can find and study the infinite resources of Asia and become professional specialists of culture.

    Address: 38, Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 Main Exhibition)

    The Gwangju Biennale, an international contemporary art festival held every two years, began in 1995 and has now become the world's third largest biennale.
    The Gwangju Biennale was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Liberation and the Year of Art and to sublimate Gwangju's democratic spirit into a new cultural value that became widely known in the international community after the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The Gwangju Biennale is expanding the scope of cultural communication between the peoples, countries and cultural circles by borrowing the equal creation of history between East and West, the active germination of Asian culture in the 21st century and the expression forms of visual arts for the cultural community. The Gwangju Biennale is a venue of international contemporary art where Gwangju, a cultural city and a democratic city, has become a cultural birthplace, expanding exchanges with the world. The Gwangju Design Biennale, Asia's only international design event founded in 2005, is held in every odd number year, presents the value of the future society through the convergence of culture, industry, economy, and technology and by bringing light to international issues and exploring the spirit of human life and the future direction of civilization, it opens the academic horizon of design and leads the trend of the future society through design.

    Address: 38, Culture Complex-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju National Museum

    The Gwangju National Museum is currently located on two floors above ground and four floors below ground, with exhibition hall and spacious relic storage facilities in size of 3,305m² (1,000 pyeong), and a large outdoor exhibition hall and gardens surrounding the museum. In addition, the planning exhibition room and the Buddhist art room were newly built in December 1996 with the renovation of the exhibition hall and the construction of the new museum storage. The museum's exhibits include prehistoric relics from Honam, Buddhist arts from Baekje, Unified Shilla, Goryeo, and Joseon Dynasty, numerous ceramics, and undersea relics from offshore Shinan. On the first floor, there are calligraphy room, planning exhibition room I and II, Buddhist art room, and on the second floor, there are prehistoric room, ancient room, Goryeo ceramics room, Joseon ceramics room, and Sinan undersea relics room, while Goryeo celadon porcelain kiln site, each dolmen, Gwangju Jang Woon Dong Stone Pagoda are on display outside.
    In 2007, an educational center was built and a children's museum is now in operation.

    Address: 110 Haseo-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju Museum of Art

    It is the first museum to be opened as a local public art museum on August 1, 1992. The museum houses approximately 560 works ranging from the works of renowned artists such as Hur Baek Ryeon, Oh Ji Ho, Yang Soo Ah, and Lim Jik Soon, who have based themselves in Gwangju Metropolitan City and Jeollanam-do. The Gwangju Museum of Art has four exhibition rooms on the first floor and five exhibition rooms on the second floor. The first floor is a planning exhibition room that displays works by outstanding artists at home and abroad, and the second floor permanently exhibits the works of the museum.

    Address: 27, 176beon-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju (Oryong-dong)

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  • Gwangju Design Center (Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 Special Exhibition & Experience)

    Gwangju Design Center supports the innovation in manufacturing capacity of local industries and the services of exporting companies to advance into overseas markets by promoting the design industry and strengthening its professional capacity in the southwestern part of the country (Gwangju Metropolitan City, Jeonnam, Jeonbuk, Jeju area) and is building convergence among local design-academia associations.
    In particular, the Gwangju Design Biennale, an international design event, is held in every odd number years, promoting the internationalization of cultural trends and cultural changes.

    Address: 27, 176beon-gil, Cheomdangwagi-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju Folly

    The dictionary meaning of FOLLY is a building that has lost its original function and performs a decorative role. However, Gwangju Folly signifies a building that can contribute to urban regeneration while encompassing the space of the pavilion, the public function of the street facilities, and the decorative role of a folly.
    Rather than operating as a unit entity within the city, Gwangju Folly will be clustered together to form a pattern and exert its influence. Follies, which will induce the communication with the surrounding environment and people in the city, are leading the urban regeneration process by delivering cultural energy to the old downtown area of Gwangju Metropolitan City, which has experienced rapid urbanization for the past 40 years.

    Address: 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju Design Biennale + Art Tour

    ① Main Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Biennale / 2 hours) → Gwangju Museum of Art (1 hour) → Gwangju National Museum (1 hour) → Special Exhibition Hall 1 (ACC / 1 hour) → Gwangju Folly (Dong-gu / 1 hour) → Special Exhibition Hall 2 ( Gwangju Design Center / 1 hour) → Seoul / Gyeonggi / Chungcheong area (3 hours)

    ② Special Exhibition Hall 2 (Gwangju Design Center / 2 hours) Main Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Biennale Hall / 3 hours) Special Exhibition Hall 1 (ACC / 1 hour) → Gwangju Folly (Dong-gu / 1 hour) →Seoul / Gyeonggi / Chungcheong ( 3 hours)
    ※Centered on in-depth viewing of Gwangju Design Biennale

    Schedule : 1 day (The very day)     · Tour: 7 hours   · Travel: 7 hours 간   · Rental bus, for group visits

  • Gwangju Design Biennale + Culture/Urban Regeneration Tour

    Day 1 / Special Exhibition Hall 2 (Gwangju Design Center / 2 hours) Main Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Biennale Hall / 3 hours) → Gwangju Museum of Art (1 hour) → Gwangju National Museum (1 hour) → Songjeong Station Market (Gwangsan-gu / 3 hours) → Accommodation (City Area) → Day 2 / Special Exhibition Hall 1 (ACC / 1 hour) → Gwangju Folly (Dong-gu / 2 hours) →Green Road Park (1 hour) → Yanglim-dong Modern History Village (2 hours) → Mudeungsan Area Art Museum (2 hours) → Seoul / Gyeonggi / Chungcheong Region (3 hours)
    ※Gwangju Design Biennale + Urban Regeneration of Old Town

    Schedule : 2 days (1 night 2 days)     · Tour: 14 hours   · Travel: 7 hours   · Rental bus, for group visits

  • Gwangju Design Biennale + Comprehensive Culture

    Day 1 / Wonhyosa Temple (Buk-gu / 1 hour) → Soswaewon and household culture (Damyang, Gwangju Lake / 3 hours) → Hwanbyeokdang (Buk-gu / 1 hour) → Gwangju Museum of Art (1 hour) → Gwangju National Museum (1 hour) → Day 2 / Main Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Biennale Hall / 3 hours)Special Exhibition Hall 1 (ACC / 2 hours) → Gwangju Folly (Dong-gu / 2 hours) → Songjeong Station Market (Gwangsan-gu / 2 hours) → Day 3 / Yanglim-dong Modern History Village (Nam-gu / 1 hour) → Balsan Artist Village (1 hour) → Mudeungsan Area Art Museum (2 hours) → Jeungsimsa Temple (1 hour) → Special Exhibition Hall 2 (Gwangju Design Center / 2 hours) → Gyeonggi / Chungcheong / Daegu / Busan Area (3 hours)

    Schedule : 3 days (2 nights and 3 days)     · Tour: 21 hours   · Travel: 7 hours   · Rental bus, for group visits

  • 'Green Road Park Fusion Festival' with Donggu Town Culture and Arts

    · String Quartet Concert : Serenade Waltz for Strings, etc.
    · Special Performance : Media Mapping & Contemporary Performing Arts 'Trans'
    · Exhibition & Experience : Folk Paintings, Calligraphy, Tarot, Shrinkles, Nail Art, Face Painting, Balloon Art, etc.

    Period : July 6 ~ November 2, 2019

  • 2019 My Family Imagination Playground

    · Autonomous experience program (block play area, chalk art family, air bounce playground)
    · Full-time experience program (work experience, let's play guitar! Color game, food caravan, etc.)
    · Donation & campaign programs seasonal special program, performance and contest programs, etc.

    Period : March 23 ~ October 31, 2019

  • I'm an artist too! Hanji Collage Experience

    · Organized / Managed by: Korea Museum Association / Art Museum of Woo Jae G
    · Venue : Education room, 2F, Art Museum of Woo Jae Gil
    · Admission Fee: Free

    Period : April 24 ~ November 30, 2019

  • Shining Street, Art Gung-dong!

    · Media artist Jin Shi Young's media art exhibition, street costume play activist, busking performance, mime, etc.
    · Artist Participation Programs including “Playing with artists”, “Let's enjoy! Street Art”, “Gungdong Art Market Exhibition with Art”, “Youth Culture Center”
    · Shopping mall Participation Programs including “Special Gungdong Art Experience with the Owner” and 'Art Market with Small Fun'

    Period : April 20 ~ October 26, 2019

  • Maple Story / The Little Prince's Gift / Save the Lightning Man, Lightning Crys

    · Watch '2PM&GOT7 Concert' in vivid hologram images, “The Little Prince's Gift” “Save the Lightning Man, Lightning Crystal”, and “Maple Story”
    · Six interactive media exhibits where visitors can touch, throw, and play with balls

    Period : January 15 ~ December 31, 2019

  • The 32nd Children's Cultural Heritage Picture Exhibition

    Period : July 16 ~ September 1, 2019

  • Honam Art Archive Exhibition

    Period : July 10 ~ October 20, 2019

  • Library Park Theme Exhibition (Asia Notes: Neighbors Met Across the Sea)

    Held at the Library Park Planning Hall 3 of ACC Cultural Information Center, , “Robinson Crusoe”, “15 Boys Drifters” A video clip of of an theater group based on Moon Sun Deuk's experience of Asian drifting. Introduction of works created and produced through literature, movies, cartoons, and performances such as the movie “Cast Away: Starring Tom Hanks”

    Period: July 9 ~ October 27, 2019

  • Design Biennale Memorial Exhibition (Delicious Art Museum)

    · Gwangju Museum of Art hosts the Gwangju FINA World Swimming Championships and Design Biennale to commemorate the 2019 Gwangju FINA World Swimming Championships.
    · Exhibition where visitors can encounter the taste of Yehyang Gwangju in painting and feel art in the taste
    · Remodels “Yungheung Restaurant”, which was the gathering place of Gwangju artists, and organizes the taste of artists in an archive way. The works that model Namdo's food offer a variety of aesthetics as if they brought real delicious food before their eyes.

    Period: July 2 ~ November 3, 2019

  • Asian Artist Matching Exhibition 2019 (Light on the Move)

    It is an exhibition that looks into the same and different viewpoints and expressions of artists living in the same age by matching local artists from Asia including Gwangju with the same keywords.

    Period: June 21 ~ September 1, 2019

  • Special Exhibition of the 10th Anniversary of Beijing Creation Center

    A meaningful exhibition of 21 Chinese artists who entered the Beijing Creative Center from 2011 to last year where they explore the cross-section of contemporary Chinese art through 40 works including flat painting, photography, installation, and visual works.

    Period: June 11 ~ October 13, 2019

  • Children's Art Museum GO! GO! Into the woods

    · “GO! GO! Into the woods” is an exhibition where the whole family can see and appreciate the trees, animals and insects in the forest
    · Family members can enjoy viewing and enjoying picture books, paintings and media arts in beautiful forests, foster innocence of childhood, and remind adults of memories of playing in the forest as children.

    Period: May 3 ~ October 13, 2019

  • 2019 Light Sculpture Exhibition

    · Organized / Managed by : Gwangju Museum of Art
    · Venue : Outside space, Main Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art
    · Admission Fee : Free

    Period: December 18, 2018 ~ December 17, 2019

  • Media Playground

    · "New media experience center where visitors can touch, move and feel with their bodies"
    · “Creativity development project to stimulate children's intelligence and emotions”
    · “Interactive space where they can experience various technologies such as augmented reality and motion recognition”

    Period: January 15 ~ December 31, 2019

  • Remodeling of Gwangju National Science Museum 'Children's Hall, Science and Art Hall'

    · Organized / Managed by: Gwangju National Science Museum
    · Venue: Exhibition Hall, Gwangju National Science Museum
    · Admission Fee: Paid

    Period: April 5, 2019 ~ year round

  • Kim Ki Hyun's Moon Jar Exhibition

    · Organized / Managed by: Gwangju Museum of Art
    · Venue: Art Lounge, Main Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art
    · Admission Fee: Free

    Period: December 4, 2018 ~ December 16, 2019

  • Alternative Exhibition (Location of Life - Looking Back at Namdo)

    · Organized / Managed by: Gwangju Folk Museum
    · Venue: Planning Exhibition Room, Gwangju Folk Museum
    · Admission Fee: Free

    Period: September 19, 2018 ~ November 30, 2019

  • Street of Arts (Whispering Yard)

    · Organized / Managed by: Gayageum Performers Song of Strings
    · Venue: Whispering courtyard, Street of Liquor
    · Admission Fee: Free

    Period: July 6 ~ October 5, 2019

  • Open Theater on Day with Culture – Jazz on Stage

    Sixteen teams of jazz bands and performing groups from Gwangju participate in the competition, where nine teams of professional performers and young artists are selected. A total of nine jazz concerts are held, one for each month.

    Period: March 27 ~ November 27, 2019

  • Daein Art Market (Night Market: Saturday Night)

    The ‘cottage’, the night market of the Daein Market, has transformed into a culture and arts market and is becoming a famous place nationwide. The cottage, which is held every Saturday, naturally blends artists' studios with murals and sculptures. It is a rising hot place in Gwangju where visitors can feel the liveliness of the bustling market and the emotions of artists, all at once.

    Address: 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Gwangju 1913 Songjeong Station Market

    In 1913, the first “Daily Songjeong Station Market” was started. In order to emphasize 103 years of history, the name was changed to “1913 Songjeong Station Market” and as much as the accumulated time, it provides visitors with lots of memories. Among the 36 original shops that have been here for 100 years, at least one of the letters, the store form and the color of the store has been kept. With the intention of reviving the old mood, the building's own remodeling was minimized, and the signboard design was made with the memories of past merchants. “1913 Songjeong Station Market” is a 103-year-old market that was born as a change to protect, not a transformation to change and can be said as a must-visit place when visiting Gwangju.

    Address: 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju

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  • Yanglim-dong Modern History Culture Village

    It is the birthplace of Gwangju Christian missions, and there are many ruins of Christian missionary culture, including Woo Il Sun's missionary house and It is a place where many of our traditional cultural assets are preserved, including the loyal dog statue, Lee Jang Woo house, and Choi Seung Hyo house, which are designated as local folk cultural assets.

    Address: Seoseongpyeong-gil, Nam-gu, Gwangju

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  • Balsan Village

    In the 1970s, across from Gwangjucheon, there was a Jeonnam Textile Factory in Balsan Village. Young people gathered from all over the country in search of a job. They went up the hill to find a house at relatively low prices. The resting places for female workers who used to live in the village turned into empty houses as the industrial structure changed. Employee apartments were built around the houses and large apartments were rented, so the natives left the village. For those who came to dream, “stars” floating in a small village in Daldongne, a strange land, were a symbol of remembering their hometowns, overcoming the toughness, and hope for a better tomorrow. Young artists began to create and breathe life into gardens in Balsan village alley where time had stopped. Between the Gwangjucheon and the village, the iron used at the construction sites also made a bridge called Ppong Ppong Bridge. This bridge made by artist Shin Ho Yoon and Choi Yun Mi has a symbolism connecting various people and thoughts through art.

    Address: 12-16 Cheonbyeonjak-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju

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