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Last, but not….

Last, but not...


It has become a tradition of sorts to review the year ending through a quick glance back at the photo blog’s recent posts. When collaging together the photos above, I looked back at moments gathered from the past year, and the emotions which came along with them. At the time, I had felt a hefty dose of optimism for the year ahead. There were trips to be taken, applications to write and most importantly, photos out there waiting to be made.

Now, looking back at the past fifty plus weeks, I feel a sense of subtle ownership for the struggles and accomplishments which have taken place over this time. When settling into a retrospective view of the recent past, those insecurities seem legitimate, yet all the more a product of an idea of the future which needed to bend towards what could not be seen. As the Gwangju Blog takes a break, these sentiments seem all the more relevant. As the photo blog draws to a close, I am left to wonder at what the year ahead will bring for life in Jeolla-do, and of the many stories yet to be visually told.

Thank you all for sharing your support, feedback, and stories you’ve shared over the past four years. During my tenure writing the photo blog, I have come to appreciate this weekly ritual. It has helped me stay open to what may occur behind each unseen bend in the roads in and around this part of South Korea. There are many photos yet to take in this dynamic, contradictory, yet ultimately beautiful place. Therefore, may we all meet the year ahead with eyes open to what Gwangju visual culture has to show.


With gratitude,

Marty Miller






The Korea Airports Corporation, KAC, said last week that the number of international flight users at Muan Int’l Airport reached 295,529 as of November 30th.

The number jumped by 104.9% compared to the same period last year.

The overall number of users of flights at Muan Int’l Airport stood at 497,961 in the first 11 months of this year, seeing an 85% on-year increase.

On December 3rd, the number of the airport users exceeded 500,000 for the first time since it opened in 2007.

Muan International Airport said some 560,000 people are expected to depart and arrive through the airport by the end of this year.

Currently at the airport, there are 2 daily domestic flights connecting Muan and Jeju and 56 weekly flights linking Muan and 6 cities in 5 different countries.

Try searching for flights from Muan to some of its great international destinations!

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Season’s greetings,


Essentials with JD #507 **CITY HALL ICE SKATING RINK OPENS**


The City of Gwangju said its City Hall ice rink opened today.

The skating rink is 1,800㎡ and the ice sleigh rink for children under 6 years old is 600㎡, the biggest in the nation.

The rinks will be open till January 31st, 2019. The operation hours run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. on weekdays and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.

The entrance cost is set at 1,000 won per hour and it covers skate, sleigh and helmet rentals. Please remember to take your own gloves.

While you are there you can also find out more information about the 2019 Gwangju Swimming Championships which are just around the corner. Less than 200 days to go!

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Season’s greetings,





Gwangju’s Daein Art Market has been selected to receive one of the 2018 Korea Tourism Awards.

The Korea Tourism Awards recognizes exceptional local tourism contents so as to utilize the assets to boost the domestic economy.

Daein Art Market has been awarded in the tourism connected facility section among 10 criteria.

It is the first time for the City to receive such a recognition.

Daein Night Martket will be closed on the 12.15 but will be open next Saturday for a special Christmas event.



Season’s greetings,


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.