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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.



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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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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

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According to survey results released by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation last week, 7 out of 10 visitors to this year’s Biennale showed satisfaction.

The foundation conducted satisfaction surveys on 1,150 adults that visited this year’s exhibition between September 7th and November 11th and 70.4% said they are satisfied with the exhibition.

The visitors’ satisfaction rate has continuously increased from 48% in 2010, 56% in 2012, 66.6% in 2014 and 66.8% in 2016.

The foundation attributed the increased satisfaction rate to their constant trial on new exhibitions and presentation of various modern art discourses.





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