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Gwangju Kimchi Town

A kimchi soup recipie layout  - Photo by Joe Wabe

A kimchi soup recipie layout – Photo by Joe Wabe

Gwangju Kimchi Town created 4 years ago, is located in Imam-dong, Namgu and it’s a park built across 79932 sq. meters of land, making it the largest Kimchi theme park in Korea.

In the Gwangju Kimchi Museum, replicas of the different types of kimchi are on display to give guests, especially foreigners, a better understanding of the dish.

The utensils for kimchi-making in the olden days are also displayed, giving viewers a glimpse of the hard work needed to produce the dish in the past.

Apart from the museum there’s also a modern kimchi factory where people can observe the entire kimchi making and packaging process through glass windows, a library and a dedicated zone for visitors to learn about different types of vegetables use for kimchi, and their health benefits.

The high-quality fish and salt from the south-western coast makes the Gwangju kimchi stand out from the rest. Besides being an aid to the human digestive system and an immune booster, kimchi is also said to be able to prevent, among others, anemia, osteoporosis and cancer.

The museum is also proud that kimchi has been selected as one of the five nutritious foods in the world by Health, an American magazine.


For a kimchi-making experience, visit

What to do this Weekend: Shopping, Shows, and Orphans Edition

Photo courtesy of GFN.

Photo courtesy of GFN.

The Shop Till You Drop event is here! Join in at Daein Market on Nov. 22 from 2-5 P.M. for a day of shopping on GFN! Teams of 2 or 3 people get a 50,000 won voucher to shop for foods and goods and then race to the finish.  GFN will also provide food and beverages ofter the event for participants. You can still register your teams today by emailing the registration form to For more information and to download the registration form, check out the GFN event webpage. The Facebook event page has a lot of tips, clues, and event descriptions to help you in your shopping trip. Helpful hint: look at the bottom of Gwangju Blog articles from this week for clues to help you with your shopping spree.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

The GPP Cabaret and Dessert Night show is happening Nov. 22 at 7 P.M.! It’s a night of torch singing and Broadway musical numbers at Concert 57 downtown, served with some sweet desserts. Tickets are 20,000 won and all proceeds will go towards expenses for producing the upcoming GPP performances of the play “Proof.” The suggested age for the Cabaret show is over 18 please. To check on ticket availability, contact Please notify the staff of any dietary requirements when booking. For more information, check out the Facebook event page or website.

Photo courtesy of Twisted Sister.

Photo courtesy of Twisted Sister.

Speakeasy downtown is holding an 80’s Glam Night Nov. 22 at 10 P.M., with proceeds to benefit the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju program. A make-up artist will be on hand to help you finish off your 80’s glam look, with part of the 5,000 won fee going to the Adopt a Child for Christmas charity. The event includes a costume contest, drink specials, prizes, and DJing by the one and only DJ Tavvy G from GFN, so go bang your head for some orphans and have an excellent time.

Zumba for a Cause – Gwangju is hosting a workout class to benefit the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju! Program on Nov. 23 at 12:30 P.M. at the GIC Center Downtown. The fee is 10,000 won, and is held by Cailin Noble, a certified Zumba instructor from the United States. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers with grip. All money will be donated to Adopt-a-Child for Christmas. For more information check out the Facebook event page.

Photo courtesy of Zumba for a Cause.

Photo courtesy of Zumba for a Cause.

Plan for these upcoming events now!

There will be a small bakesale called The Orphan’s Bake Table in the foyer of the First Alleyway Restaurant on Nov. 29 from 11 A.M.-4:30 P.M. benefitting the Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju program. The tables will be stocked with donated baked goods from generous folks all over Gwangju. If you want to be one of these Christmas angels and help donate your home-baked goodness, check out the Facebook event page for more information, or the bakesale volunteer’s page to sign up to donate.

Photo courtesy of The Orphan's Bake Table.

Photo courtesy of The Orphan’s Bake Table.

Alive Inside 6 will be held Nov. 29 at 7 P.M. at Club Nevermind near Daein Market. Here’s your chance to rock out to 6 different Korean heavy metal and punk rock bands, including Zen Alone, We Hate JH, BettyAss, Summer Never Comes, Sever the Ear, and Save Myself. There will be a merchandise booth so you can buy some cool band stuff, and a drink bar set up as well. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., and the cover charge is 10,000 presale and 15,000 at the door. The ticket reservation page is now open, so check out the Facebook event page, or go directly to the reservation page to buy your tickets. For more information you can contact the event organizer, Ji Hongbum at or 010-9128-6363.

Photo courtesy of Alive Inside 6.

Photo courtesy of Alive Inside 6.

Tickets are now on sale for the four different performances of the Gwangju Performance Project’s production of “Proof” that happen at the Gwangju Art Hall downtown Dec. 6-13. The production is a drama, and suggested for ages 14 and up. Korean translation will also be provided (한국어 통역 제공). To inquire about reserving tickets, send an email to For more information about performance times and dates, a list of cast members, ticket pricing and special package deals, check out the GPP website.

Photo courtesy of GPP.

Photo courtesy of GPP.


Shop Till You Drop Clue: Say Cheese: Photozone it!


News of the Week: November 20, 2014

Educational Offices in Gwangju and Jeollanamdo Prepare Operation Plans for High School Seniors

Educational offices in Gwangju and Jeollanamdo have each prepared operation plans for high school senior classes in the region.

With the completion of the annual College Scholastic Ability Test or Suneung Exam as of November 13th, the official academic schedule for high school senior is complete until graduation and schools often experience difficulties as students lose interests in studying and classes.

As part of an effort to run effective classes and provide educational lessons for the students, Gwangju and Jeollanamdo Education offices will introduce various interesting classes, such as humanities lectures and class trips to local museums and exhibitions.

In addition, educational authorities will seek greater cooperation with regional police agencies to prevent students from being involved in illegal acts, such as smoking and drinking.


Fine Dust Concentration Rate in Jeollanamdo Marks the Lowest in the Nation

Fine dust concentration rate in Jeollanamdo marked the lowest figures in the nation.

According to Jeollanamdo Research Institute of Public Health and Environment, the recently released ‘2013 Air Quality Assessment Report’ by the National Institute of Environmental Research finds that the average fine dust particles rate in Jeollanamdo was tallied at 38 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

A total of 15 air pollution monitoring stations are currently in operation in Jeollanamdo with figures for nitrogen dioxide marking the second lowest amount in the nation after Jeju Island at 0.015 ppm.

In 2013, an ozone alert for a concentration rate of O3, which is higher than tolerable standards, was issued for 4 days in Jeollanamdo, the fewest figures in nationwide cities and provinces.


Intra-city Buses in Gwangju May Be Increased by 430

The city of Gwangju has released its plan to reorganize its public transportation system if the construction of urban subway route 2 is halted after the scheduled public hearings.

With the cost of construction set at an annual average of 80 billion won, the construction plan of the Gwangju Metropolitan Subway Route no. 2 is currently under review for suspension.

If the public hearings and municipal meetings decide to halt the construction of subway route 2 that will link the new residential complexes in the Cheomdan and Suwan areas in Gwangsan-gu district with different districts in Gwangju, the city will reportedly operate 430 additional intra-city buses.

Suwan-dong in Gwangsan-gu district saw its population mark surpass 70,000, recording the largest figures for a dong-area in the nation and, along with the combined population of Cheomdan; the figure for the area is more than 380,000.

However, the two respective areas only benefit from 37 routes with one route used by average 10,400, whereas the Dong-gu district in Gwangju is equipped with 53 intra-city bus operation routes and it’s the average passengers on these lines is a mere 2,000.


Newly Married Couples to Shoot Wedding Photos in Jeollanamdo

Some 1,000 newly married Chinese couples are expected to shoot wedding photos in Jeollanamdo from next April through 2015 at famous scenic spots in the province, such as Boseong Green Team plantation, Suncheon Bay and Gyeongdo Island in Yeosu.

Jeollanamdo has announced that a total of 5 wedding company representatives from Shanghai have been visiting Jeollanamdo and Gwangju since last week to find suitable places for wedding photos.

The surge of newly married couples and plans for their photo shoots in Jeollanamdo comes as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the governor of Jeollanamdo, Lee Nak-yeon, who visited Shanghai last month, and Shanghai-located travel agencies.

Representatives from Shanghai wedding companies will make visits to 17 different tourist sites in the area, including Gwangju, Mokpo, Boseong, Suncheon Bay, Yeosu, Damyang and Hampyeong.


Today’s Hint: How much can you eat for 1000 won? Is it even possible? Daein’s got two amazing places to fill up!