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Essentials with JD #396 **MORE HEATWAVE UPDATES**


Hot, humid conditions will continue today with heat wave warnings remaining in effect for most parts. This week will be the hottest day of summer this year so far, the weather agency advised residents in Korea to be prepared for the scorching sun.


Most parts of the country will be suffering under more scorching hot days this week as daytime highs are set to surpass 35 degrees Celsius in the Gwangju and Jeonnam regions. The hot weather is set to continue until over the weekend, according to the weather agency’s forecast.

The Korean Meteorological Administration has issued heat wave warnings in Gwangju(광주), Naju(나주 ), HamPyeong(함평 ), GokSung(곡성 ), Gurye(구례 ), Hwasun(화순 ), GwangYang(광양 ), Sunchun(순천 ), Bosung(보성 ), Damyang(담양), Yeosu(여수 ) and JangHeung(장흥 ), a total of 12 regions.


The heat wave is expected to persist unless a typhoon arrives and pushes the North Pacific anticyclone away, the KMA predicted.

Meanwhile, the heat wave, coupled with tropical nights, has led to an increase in the number of people suffering from heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion. According to the Gwangju and Jeonnam branch of the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 20 people suffering from heat-related illnesses were reported between July 11th and July 15th.

The weather agency advised people to take extra care to avoid being affected by heat stroke or exhaustion, as the sweltering summer heat continues. It advised people to wear sunscreen and sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts and hats when outside.


Stay cool and hydrated,



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July Streets

July Streets


The photo above represents the July installment of local street photography. This photo leaves few doubts about where or when it was taken. Most locals might recognize the buildings in the background as being staples along the primary drag in downtown Gwangju. Additionally the leaves on the Ginkos surrounding the frame tell us that summer is in full bloom, and that the rains have just arrived. The action taking place at the center of the frame though is slightly more elusive in regards to the ‘what’, and perhaps ‘why’ in this snapshot of summer street life.

Barring larger context from the surrounding buildings, we can only assume that these are sadly not  the world’s largest saltines, and are more than likely some sort of insulation panel for a structure which as yet has no way to keep the heat out, or later on, in. The parallel lines which make up this beastly shape are helped by its strikingly yellow-ish appearance to set it apart from the rest of the scene. As such, our eyes are drawn to it not unlike the half a dozen or so eyes from its supporters.

Upon looking further, the shape seems helpless and childlike, not unlike an orca on the last leg of its transport from its native pool at Seaworld to the terrifying depths of an alien ocean beyond. As such, this is a sensitive scene with an energy worthy of our continued attention. And, all this at eight o’clock on one July morning along one of many otherwise unobserved streets in this town we likely call ‘home.’


[Image taken and made with a Contax T2 shooting Afga 200.]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)



Essentials with JD #395 **TROPICAL NIGHT PHENOMENON**


The Korea Meteorological Administration on Tuesday issued heat wave alerts for inland areas including Gwangju and most of Jeollanamdo. Be prepared as sweltering heat and tropical nights are poised to rob many of sleep.

Thursday night’s lowest temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius. This is the first time since 2003 that temperatures remained over 20 degrees throughout the night. The KMA (The Korea Meteorological Administration) defines a “tropical night” as a period in which the temperature remains above 25 degrees between 6:01 pm and 9 am the following morning.


Jindo in Jeonnam Province recorded the highest average temperature on Thursday night with 25.4 degrees Celsius and Gwangju recorded 25.2 degrees. Thus, registering its fourth and second tropical nights in a row, respectively

Other seaside cities such as Mokpo, Yeosu and Shinan followed, with an average overnight temperature exceeding 25 degrees Celsius.

The KMA predicted more sweltering days and nights to come. Daily highs in most areas outside Gwangju and Jeonnam provinces are expected to rise above 33 degrees, so the sleepless nights will continue for two or more days.

Meanwhile, only 7 tropical nights were recorded in Korea in the period from 1973-1993 but the figure greatly increased to around 14.8 between 1994-2017.

Locals are advised to be extra careful for the next few days as stifling heat with strong sunshine are expected. Hydrate with clear liquids such as water, avoid being outdoors during the hottest parts of the day and always be alert for signs of heat sickness.


Essentials with JD #394 **WORLD YOUTH FESTIVAL 2018**


Bringing the world’s youth together, the World Youth Festival began its summer excitement.

The ‘2018 World Youth Festival’ will kick off at 8pm at the May 18 Democratic Plaza and the Asia Culture Center.

Under the theme of “Youth is One”, the festival will welcome visitors to provide various programs to challenge, enjoy, heal and harmonize together.

At the stage on the Democracy Plaza, the festival will open with the performance to show the story of youth as a musical.

During the 3 day festival more than 20 different programs will be showcased including performances, movies, learning programs and EDM pool party.



Lee Ji Hoon, the director of the festival said, he tried to showcase troubles, experiences and stories that youth mostly face in their real lives for the festival.

This is the 4th year of the festival since it started during the 2015 Gwangju Universiade as a subsidiary event but as Gwangju and the Organizing Committee successfully carried out a series of cultural events for the World University Games, it has become a representative annual event in Gwangju.


What to Do This Weekend: A Masquerade Party, the World Youth Festival, and the WC FInal!

Hello Gwangju!

Need something to do this weekend? Well then, the Gwangju Blog is here to help. Let’s see what’s happening in our city.

Thursday, July 12th

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

The countdown is on! There are only two weeks left for Zumba at the GIC. If you’ve never experienced this fun cardio class for all levels, now is your chance. You’ll need to wear some comfortable clothes, and bring a bottle of water, because you’ll get a great workout. It will also get you refreshed and ready for the weekend ahead. The class will start at 7:00 p.m., and go for an hour. Zumba at the GIC is lead by ceritfied instructor Thando Mlambo. For more information, please go to their Facebook page.

Friday, July 13th

Courtesy of Butlerskorea

Courtesy of Butlerskorea

The annual World Youth Festival kicks off today at the ACC Democracy Plaza, and the surrounding area. There will be an opening ceremony today, and throughout the festival there will be musical performances from bands around the world. You’ll also be able to hear buskers performing during all three days of the event. There will be art and game booths, and there will be a global food festival as well. It’s going to be a great event for everyone to attend! The festival will go through until July 15th, and if you need more info please go to the Facebook page of Butlerskorea.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

Tequilaz on Friday night is one of the best places to be in town! Start off with their delicious tacos which are only 3,000 won each. You can also enjoy unlimited draft beer for 12,000 won, or unlimited rail cocktails for 20,000 won. Specials last from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and are cash only please. Join the crowd for good food and drinks at Tequilaz! For more details please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, July 14th

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

The July meeting of the Gwangju chapter of KOTESOL will be taking place at Gwangju National University of Education. There will be two interesting and informative presentations that will hopefully give you some ideas for your own classroom. You’ll also have a chance to meet and network with other teachers. The meeting is a great way to expand your professional development. It is free to attend, but they do encourage you to become a member. In fact, if you become a member at the meeting today for the first time, you’ll get a 20% discount! For complete details about the meeting, please follow this link. You can also get details by going to their Facebook page. The meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Loft 28 will be having another one of their successful Masquerade parties tonight! There will be great drink specials, and the DJ will be playing all of your favorites. But Bill, if this a Masquerade Party won’t we need masks? Don’t worry, Loft will have free masks! The fun will begin at 11:00 p.m., and if you need more information then please go to their Facebook page.

Sunday, July 15th

The series of workshops on nonviolent communication concludes today at the GIC. It will begin at 1:00 p.m., and go until 3:30 p.m. The workshops are led by Dana Han. If you need more information, please check out the Gwangju page on Facebook.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

It’s been a thrilling World Cup that’s been happening for the past month, and it will all conclude tonight with the final match. Speakeasy will of course be showing the game, which will begin at midnight on Monday, July 16th. Make sure you get there sometime between 7-10 p.m. so you can take advantage of their happy hour specials. Come watch the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup at Speakeasy! For more info, please go to their Facebook page.