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What to Do This Weekend: Ice Skating, A GIC Party, and a Gaming Fundraiser!

Hello Gwangju!

It may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean there’s less to do. Let’s see what’s happening in our city this weekend.

Thursday, December 13th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Quiz night is back this week at Speakeasy!  There will be six rounds with topics ranging from current events, to movies and music. You can get together a team of your friends (max. 5 people), or find a team to join when you get there. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you’ll have a chance to win cash, and free shots. The second place team will get their money back, and the first place team will get the rest. Nate is your quiz master in charge, so come on down to Speakeasy for a great night of questions and answers! For more info, please go to the Speakeasy Facebook page.

Friday, December 14th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Citizens of Gwangju know that the place to start off your Friday night festivities is Tequilaz. Why is that? It’s because of their popular Friday specials! You can enjoy their famous tacos for only 3,000 won each. You’re going to need something to wash those tacos down with, so how about unlimited drafts for 12,000 won? If you prefer cocktails, then you can get unlimited rail cocktails for only 20,000 won. All specials run from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and are cash only please. The staff is really friendly, so come on down tonight and have some fun! If you need more info, then please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, December 15th

Courtesy of City Hall

Courtesy of City Hall

Now that the weather is colder, it’s the perfect time for the return of the City Hall skating rink! For the past couple of years now there has been an ice skating rink set up at City Hall during the winter. During the week the rink will be open from 10:00 a.m., until 5:40 p.m. On the weekends, the opening hours will go from 10:00 a.m., until 8:20 p.m. If you don’t have skates you can rent a pair for a small fee. There are a lot of buses that go by City Hall, so transportation isn’t a problem. The rink will be open for all to enjoy until January 31st. For more details, see the picture above this post (info only available in Korean).

Courtesy of the GIC

Courtesy of the GIC

The GIC will be having their annual end of the year holiday party today! There will be a lot of things for everyone to enjoy. You’ll be able to make a variety of Christmas ornaments made with everything from cookies, to paper. There will also be tasty snacks, and beverages available during the party. Looking for something to read? They will also be having a used book sale. The event will conclude with some cultural performances. It will begin at 3:00 p.m., and go until 5:00 p.m. If you need more details, please check out the Gwangju page on Facebook, or go to the GIC’s own site. Celebrate the holidays with your friends at the GIC!

While you’re there at the GIC, check out the work from some great local artists during the 2018 Art Class Community Art Show! All of the items in the show has been submitted by artists in Gwangju. It will be on display at the GIC until January 2019.

Sunday, December 16th

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

Courtesy of Sarah Pittman

I know there are a lot of role playing game fans in Gwangju, so you’re going to want to be at The First Alleyway today to raise money for a good cause. There will be another pay to play Dungeons & Dragons event happening today from 10:00 a.m., until 3:00 p.m. All the money raised will go to the local Gwangju orphanage, Sungbin. It’s a perfect opportunity to have fun, and raise money at the same time! For more details, please go to their Facebook event page here.




Gwangju is set to receive 2.2trillion won next year in its biggest national budget allocation ever. Exceeding 2 trillion won will mean that Gwangju can spend more on the 2019 Gwangju FINA Swimming Championship, job creation, eco-friendly cars, the 4th Industrial Revolution and related projects.


The final budget was 428.8 trillion won, 7.1 percent or 28.3 trillion won more than this year’s 400.5 trillion won.

Included in the total budget, the City of Gwangju has secured the budget of 2.2 trillion won, an increase from the initial proposal made by the Gwangju City Government, which was 2.1 trillion won.

It is expected to translate to billions more for one of Gwangju’s highest priorities; the budget for the preparation of the 2019 World Aquatics Championship has been increased from 19 billion won to 25 billion won.


In the budget, funding for various social overhead capitals, SOC projects has been reflected. The list includes the construction of the 2nd Gwangju beltway, Gwangju – Gangjin expressway and Gwangju – Daegu initial Inland Railway construction.



Season’s greetings,




The 2019 Gwangju World Aquatics Championship Organizing Committee recently attended the FINA convention and competition in Hangzhou, China.

The 5th World Aquatics Convention was held for 3 days from Saturday, the 8th in participation of some 2,000 officials from 209 countries.

Cho Young Taek, head of the Gwangju O.C. attended the convention and present the City’s efforts to bring various regions and communities together for next year’s competition.

The O.C. will also continue its promotional activities at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships for 25m to open its 6-day run on the 11th of this month.

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Season’s greetings,


Cut Short

Cut Short


As the year draws to an end, it’s customary to reminisce on the past year, on what has changed in our lives here in Gwangju, or what has for better or worse remained the same. If you are like me, you may likely feel that the past year flew by, with our internal chronometer insisting that we should be in late summer or early fall at best. It seems as though this year has faced the same fate as the trees shown in the photo above. It was cut short.

Now, in the waning weeks of twenty eighteen, life here is already hunkering down for the winter ahead. Anything that would potentially exposed to the world outside has been nicely tucked away. This goes for our memories as well. For, what better time to digest our experiences over the past eleven months than to have ample time on the warm interior floors, waiting for the chill to break.

The photo above reminds me of this urge to shutter ourselves in some comfortable space. It also points out that nature may not be immune from our desires to do so. While no person can be seen in this photo, it nevertheless reveals the relationship we share with this season. As I write this, I realize that my own place may look eerily similar to the apartments above. From the outside, little life. Only our trust that others are likely feeling just like us, begrudgingly readying ourselves for years end.


(The image above was taken with a Ricoh GR1 shooting Afga APX 400. As I noted in last week’s photo, this film does an excellent job retaining shadow detail, and on that note. Even this little point and shoot camera with just a half stop of exposure compensation could pull off such dynamic range.)


Photo & Text by Marty Miller



Essentials with JD #503 **GIC CHRISTMAS EVENT NEXT WEEK**


Christmas is fast approaching and the Gwangju International Centre will be hosting a special event next week. Add it into your schedule right now.


Enjoy a fun-filled day for everyone! Adios 2018 & GIC Volunteer Reunion!

As a thank you for your support this year, GIC invites you to join in our Adios 2018 & GIC Volunteer Reunion party!

○ Date & Time: Dec. 15 (Sat), 3-5 pm

○ Location: GIC 1st Floor

○ Programs: Experience #Christmastraditions: decorating cookies, making paper ChristmasTrees, ChristmasOrnaments, take part in the fundraising flea market for Cambodia, and taste international dishes! GIC Cafe, Performance & Final Report, NetworkingParty, and other additional events!

* Get a free coffee if you bring your own cup/ tumbler

○ Inquiry: 062-226-2733


#Adios2018 & #GICVolunteer Reunion“

○ 일시: 12월 15일 토요일 3시~5시

○ 장소: 광주국제교류센터 1층

○ 내용: #세계크리스마스 #문화체험 #크리스마스쿠키 꾸미기, #종이트리 만들기, #크리스마스방울 만들기, #크리스마스 엽서 꾸미기, #GIC카페, #캄보디아후원 #벼룩시장, #공연 및 활동보고, #네트워킹파티

※ 머그/ 텀블러 지참 시 GIC 카페 무료

○ 문의: 062-226-2733

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Season’s greetings,