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Essentials with JD #443 **CHUSEOK BUS CHANGES**

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The City of Gwangju will extend operating hours of its public transportation during the Chuseok Holiday from Saturday, the 22nd to next Wednesday, the 26th.

During the period, bus No. 518 connecting from Sangmu to U-Square Bus Terminal to May 18 National Cemetery will make 63 trips a day shortening its intervals.

Jiwon 15 Bus will change its route to pass through the City’s cemetery and Yongjeon 86 Bus will extend its course to the cemetery.

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Some 70 city officials, police officers and exemplary drivers will be dispatched to the National and Metropolitan cemeteries to prevent traffic congestion while another 400 officials will be assigned to help ease traffic jams around the bus terminal, Songjeong Station and traditional markets in the City.

 

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(For more up to date local news tune in to www.gfn.or.kr )

Use your illusion too.

Use your illusion too

 

Outside Jeonju a building stood, rather eloquently along a small stream. Its rear door opened up onto a large open platform, a mix between a jung-ja (sitting platform) and neo-western back deck. On it, several generations of kids either grew up watching over the stream below, or commiserating with their grandparents on Chusok (Thanksgiving day).

It used to be a simple building. Built for just one family, its large communal living space was initially ideal, yet soon outgrown. With the onward march of economic recovery, links were inevitably forged between social and material one-upsmanship. First houses grew, then vehicles, then Tvs. The small one room home became a weekend hideaway from the cacophony of city life. Eventually, older family members would call this place home, content to live out their days in the fertile familiarity the narrow valley provided. The fields remained intact, although the hands that culled its bounty were largely replaced by machines which stubbornly broke the air. Still, the embankment, the view, and thankfully the aging house kept its shape.

It is now 2018, and a decade has passed since the building last called itself a home. The gravel driveway is now paved. A large sign sits just beyond, as yet unreadable in its pristine polystyrene shell. Change is indeed in the air. I often wonder if this building saw the end coming, or if those who once used it paid much attention to the history contained in its cheap yet sturdy materials. Its bones now litter the lawn where, behind camera, a galbi joint (Korean BBQ) is being born. Its prefab neo-brutalist exterior reveals that concrete can also be just skin deep. People will likely come, drawn by the same serenity which years ago birthed the scraps pictured above. After a hearty gorging of meat, the kids happily drowning in the playroom next door, guests might step outside for a Maxim and a smoke. They might even hear the sounds of the stream over the ruckus inside. If so, they will likely exhale for a moment, look out over the valley, and also wonder what was.

 

[Image taken with my Contax T2, shooting Kodak Portra 400. It was almost dusk, and so two stops of exposure compensation were applied to this image in camera.]

 

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

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Essentials with JD #442 **AUTUMN FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND AROUND GWANGJU**

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If you are looking for something to do today and don’t mind taking a trip around the province then here are some fun festivals for you to check out. Remember that Jeollado is celebrating its 1000 years this year and we want to encourage you to explore its great history and scenery.

For more ideas why not check this facebook for amazing trips @unamdokorea  

Most cities can be accessed from bus from Usqure and then taking local public transport and most of these festivals are only happening this weekend.

Yeongwang Red spider lily festival from 13-19 th September

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GwangYang Eel festival

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Hampyeong Red Spider lily festival

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Gurye Temple Music festival

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Jangseong Forest healing festival

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Safe travels and happy Sunday.

 

JD

 

Essentials with JD #441 **SANG SANG YOUTH FESTIVAL AT DOWNTOWN TODAY**

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The 2018 Gwangju Youth Sang Sang Festival will be held this today around Geumnamro.

The City of Gwangju has been organizing the festival since 2013 for local youth and some 3,000 people are expected to take part in the event this year.

Various entertainment programs are prepared for local youngsters and also for families. Special performances created by the youth will be put on the stage as well.

To provide a safe environment for the festival, Geumnamro will be operated only for pedestrians from 8am to 11pm on the day.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL ROUTE ACCORDINGLY AS BUSES WILL BE REROUTED.

 

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Don’t forget the Fringe Festival will also be held so there will be loads for you to do today ~ lets hope the weather holds up.

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Essentials with JD #440 ** ACE CONTENTS FAIR AT KDJ CONVENTION CENTRE**

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The 2018 Asia Content & Entertainment Fair or ACE Fair in Gwangju, the largest culture contents fair in the nation is happening this weekend at the Kim Dae Jung Convention Center.

More than 400 enterprises from 32 countries are set to take part in the exhibition, consultation and academic events.

The fair will showcase products and services from Business Services, Media & Advertising, Sporting Goods, Toys & Games industries. It will also feature numerous national and international companies in the fields of broadcasting, film, music, character, animation and comics.

Various local Virtual Reality development related enterprises will run their advertisement booths at the fair as well, showcasing their recent VR based games and contents.

 

How to get there :

 

Directions

[Subway]

Kim Daejung Convention Center Station (Gwangju Subway Line 1), Exit 5.

Walk approx. 3 minutes to Kimdaejung Convention Center on the right.

 

[Bus]

Get off at Kimdaejung Convention Center Bus Stop.

Blue Bus Ilgok 38

Green Bus Sangmu 64

Airport Bus 1000

 

Get off at 5.18 Freedom Park Bus Stop.

Green Bus: 518, Sangmu 63, Sangmu 64

Red Bus: 1, 2

Airport Bus 1000

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