Gwangju Blog

Essentials with JD # 278 ** GWANGJU BUS 188 **


Earlier this year Gwangju updated its bus lines and also added new ones. In a new series of posts we will introduce some bus lines and also some of the notable stops on the route that might be of interest to you.

New line Bus no. 188


The bus goes around north district and ends in DamYang city. It stops by historical and places of environmental interest.

Starts at 효령노인복지타운 (Welfare facility for seniors) – 국립 5.18민주묘지 (5.18 national cemetery)– 광주호수생태원 (Gwangju riverside eco park)– ends at 소쇄원 (so sae won private garden) (These are not all the stops it makes but some of the highlights)


What is 5. 18 national cemetery?

It is a cemetery for victims of 5.18 democratic movement. It is very important historical place for Korea’s democracy. At the back of the tombstone, you can see the victims’ story related with the movements. In the memorial, they displayed visual records, and newspaper articles. There is a film ‘splendid holiday 화려한휴가’ depicting the movement. It is really good place to visit if you want to learn about Korea’s democratic history.


What is the Gwangju Riverside Eco Park?

It is a park around the big pond for citizens. There are Grass square, Metasequoia road, Culture and eco trail. You can see flowers, trees, wetland, You can have fresh air, take a walk with friends and family. Also, there is a special place in the shape of 한반도 (Korean peninsula) filled with 무궁화 (national flower of Korea). It’s free of charge!


What is 소쇄원?

It is a garden, private garden but open for citizens. It’s not in gwangju, but in 담양 but close to Gwangju. It is highly valued thanks to its harmonious structure. There is a lake sandwiched in between two buildings. It has admission fee; 2000 won. I have never been there, but it looks so beautiful when I saw the picture. The name of 소쇄 has meaning of ‘pure and clean’ in Chinese character.

It has historical background. In Chosun dynasty, an officer named 양산보, 소쇄옹(his pen name). He was shocked and discouraged when his teacher (조광조) was banished (exiled), so he gave up everything(fame, money, success) and come back to his hometown and made this garden.


Handy Tips:

  1. Things to remember when transferring busses.
  • You can only transfer with your bus card,  not cash. (Cards are available at convenience stores T-Money works in Gwangju and other cities in Korea)
  • You can transfer from bus to subway and vice versa.
  • You cannot transfer to the same bus that you got off. (you have to pay another fee)
  • If you transfer from general bus to 좌석 or 농어촌, which has higher fare than general one, extra fare will be charged.
  • When you transfer from 농어촌 bus (that has last stop outside of Gwangju), then you have to swipe the card before you get off at the final destination, even though you don’t transfer. If not, extra fee will be charged.


  1. Survival Korean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

_________에 가는 버스 어디에서 타요? Where can I take a bus to ________?

GFN에 가는 버스 어디에서 타요? Where can I take a bus to GFN?



(Also listen to The Afternoon Show with JD every Wednesday at 2:30 Pm for more bus line introductions )