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Win Honey Butter Chips!

Are you interested in winning a year’s supply of Honey Butter Chips? Keep reading to learn more!


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To celebrate the popular trend that is the addictive mystery known as “Honey Butter”, Gwangju Blog will be hosting the first official Honey Butter Cook-Off!

Show off your cooking skills by coming up with your best and most original honey butter recipes. Need some ideas? How about a honey butter cake? Maybe even a honey butter waffle? Be creative! No need to limit yourself to desserts either. Thinking of making a batch of honey butter kimchi? Now’s the time to try!

Submissions will be judged by a panel of professionals in the Honey Butter industry. Three finalists will be chosen to make their recipes for the judges to determine who will be the winner of a year’s supply of Honey Butter Chips.

If interested, please send your recipes along with your name and phone number to

The deadline for the contest is May 1st, so get to work on those recipes!

Good luck!

Gwangju to Begin ‘Revitalization Program for Art Street’

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The city of Gwangju will reportedly begin a utilization program for the art street in Gwangju as part of its grand-cultural revitalization project of the city upon the opening of the Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju.

The ‘Revitalization of Art Street Program’ will operate every Friday from March 27th to November 6th for a total of 18 times with the cooperation of the city of Gwangju, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Dong-gu Culture Center and Korea and the Honam Promotion Institute.

Various cultural and artistic programs in connection with the project include ‘Reenactment of Famous Artistic Figures in Gwangju’, ‘Gwangju Art and Creation Performance’ as well as an ‘Art School’ that features lectures given on the street by masters of various arts.

Art Street in Gwangju offers a unique chance for visitors to experience Gwangju’s own culture and art through landmark tourist attractions such as galleries, small-scale theatres, handcraft and art stores and culinary restaurants.

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There are a couple of long weekends coming up and the start of April sees the opening a new era of accessibility to Gwangju as well faster and more efficient links to the rest of Korea. Good news for those who often travel to Seoul but hate traffic jams that can make your bus journey last between 3.5 hrs up to 4.5 hours in certain cases.

Wednesday, April first sees the opening of the Honam Express Railway which links Gwangju to Seoul in approximately 1 hour and 33 minutes. This down nearly an hour from the previous train that ran from Gwangju Station. The new KTX station is Songjeong which is located to the west of the city and near the airport. The station is also conveniently located on the Gwangju Subway line. Trains between Gwangju and will initially run 16 times daily (with other links to Mokpo and other cities in the province) but these will increase during the Universiade. Links from Incheon Airport to Gwangju during the event will also be increased to accommodate the influx of athletes and visitors to the city in July.

Tickets can be bought at the station but are also available online at with tickets ranging from 46,800 won for standard seats and getting more pricey for the 1st class seats. You can also download the smartphone app Korail – but it is only available in Korean.

Alternatively some flight operators have also slashed their prices for travel from Gwangju Airport to Gimpo to around 42,000 won for the 45 minute journey but is only available Monday – Thursday in off peak seasons.

*** Although the opening ceremony is April 1st, train service will start from April 2nd, 2015


Happy Travelling






Kwangju Foreign School

Kwangju Foreign School Winter 2014. Photo by Joe Wabe

Kwangju Foreign School Winter 2014. Photo by Joe Wabe

Words by Kate Blessing

Robert Holley founded Kwangju Foreign School in 1999 with just 13 elementary students. Gwangju City officials encouraged Holley to start the school as a way of drawing business to the area. Holley is a native of California and first arrived in Korea in 1978. Since that time, he has become a notable entertainer in Korea, appearing in Korean dramas and game shows. He has gone on to found and direct two other schools in Busan and Jeonbuk.

Kwangju Foreign School teaches from an American-based curriculum. Many of the school’s students have parents who are North American nationals, carry North American passports or have studied abroad for a number of years. The Korean government strictly limits the number of Korean natives allowed to attend international schools. Many of these students have family abroad and want to attend North American schools upon graduation. Students from Kwangju Foreign School generally score higher on their PSAT scores than North American students. Also, the school’s Measures of Academic Progress, MAP, scores are higher or comparable to other schools in the area.

Most of the school’s teachers are foreign with the exception of the art teacher. All teachers have teaching credentials from accredited universities and have current teaching certificates. Professors from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, GIST, often teach a few science classes and invite students to their labs on the Institute’s campus.

For more information about the school visit the website at:



Weekend of March 27: Jazz Zumba Gallery Edition

Photo courtesy of Daein Night Art Market.

Photo courtesy of Daein Night Art Market.

The Daein Night Art Market in Downtown will be open Mar. 27 and 28, from 7-11 P.M. Over 200 local artists and merchandisers will participate, and visitors can also try some art making activities. For more information check out the event poster.

Speakeasy is back with jazz night on Mar. 27 at 10:30 P.M. Come out and see a special saxophone performance. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Cailin Noble has a Saturday Zumba class at the GIC Mar. 28 from 10:30-11:30 A.M. The event is open to the public, and the 5,000 won participation fee goes to the GIC to cover costs for the space. Check out the event page for more details.

Meg the Yoga Yogi has planned a community hike of Mudeung Mountain on Mar. 28 from 11 A.M-2 P.M. The afternoon will include the hike, fun balancing poses at the top of the mountain, followed by lunch near the Mudeung Hotel. For more information check out the event page.

Photo courtesy of Yoga Yogi.

Photo courtesy of Yoga Yogi.

Mariya Haponenko has planned a nude female model drawing class Mar. 28 from 12:30-3 P.M. at the GIC. The cost is 10,000 won. For more information check out the Facebook event page.

This week’s GIC Talk is Mar. 28 at 3 P.M. with Lisa Crone and is titled, “What is your Element?” Check out the event poster for more information.

Jenny Jung and the Language Lounge have another event Mar. 28 from 4-6 P.M. This week’s theme is Got Wisdom? The group will meet at the Mango Six Coffee & Dessert in downtown, followed by dinner and a play. For more information check out the Facebook event page.

Photo courtesy of Mariya Haponenko.

Photo courtesy of Mariya Haponenko.

The Salt Art Gallery will be opening an exhibit on Hanji Works Mar. 28 from 6-9 P.M. The exhibit will continue through Apr. 10. Check out the hot new art space in town! You can read more about the artist on the Facebook event page.

After weeks of workshops, it’s time for the actual production of The Truth About Love, Mar. 28 at 7:30 P.M. Come see the culmination of the work of 25 performers from eight countries. Drinks will be available for purchase. Check out the event page for more information.

The Gwangju Performance Project is holding auditions Mar. 29 at the GIC from 2-4 P.M. for the musical, “The Last Five Years.” An additional weekday audition will be held on Mar. 31 from 7-9 P.M. For more information about what to prepare and to sign up for an audition spot, check out the Facebook event page.

Photo courtesy of the Last 5 Years musical production.

Photo courtesy of the Last 5 Years musical production.

Mar. 29 at 4 P.M. is Salt Art Gallery’s open mic event for experimental music and performance. This is a big event with 10 musicians from Seoul traveling in for the performance. Musicians and performers are asked to arrive one hour prior to the event start. For more information check out the Facebook event page.

Need some time to get fit during the week? Check out the Zumba Tuesday Night Class with Cailin Noble on Mar. 31 at 7 P.M. at the GIC. The cost is a 5,000 won donation to the GIC. All are welcome! For more information check out the Facebook event page.

Tequilaz is hosting an Open Mic Night on April 1 from 9:30 P.M.-12 A.M. Musicians and entertainers of all styles can have fun showing off their talents. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Photo courtesy of Salt Art Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Salt Art Gallery.