Gwangju Blog

Essentials with JD #527 **DAEIN NIGHT MARKET IS BACK **


No plans this weekend?

How about checking out Daein Night Market downtown and enjoy some great food, performances, arts and more. The market is also open during the day selling local seasonal produce.

Saturday 7-11pm

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7-1, Jebong-ro 194beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju

광주광역시 동구 제봉로194번길 7-1 (대인동)

Public transport



Geumnam-ro 4(sa)-ga Station (Gwangju Subway Line 1), Exit 4.

Make a U-turn and then turn left at the intersection. The market is approx. 295m ahead.



Get off at Daein Market (West Gate) Bus Stop.

Blue Bus: Bongseon 37, Geumnam 58

Green Bus: Duam 81, Jiwon 52, Jiwon 152

Red Bus: Jwaseok 02, Jinwol 07




What to Do This Weekend: Trivia, Professional Development, and Cabaret Tickets!

Hello Gwangju!

I hope everyone has been having a good week. The weekend is almost upon us, so let’s see what’s happening in the city.

Thursday, April 11th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Thursdays at Speakeasy means trivia night, so get those gears in the brain working. Tonight’s going to be really special because there will be a guest quiz master. Who is it going to be? Yours truly! that’s right, tonight I’ll be giving out the questions. Get a team together of friends (maximum 5) for six rounds of questions. Topics range anywhere from current events, to movies and music. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! You can find one to join when you get there. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you’re playing for a chance to win some money and other prizes. The second place team will get there money back, and the winning team will take the rest of the pot. It all starts at 10:00 p.m., but get there early so you can take advantage of the happy hour specials that run from 7:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m. For more information, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Friday, April 12th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

I can’t think of a better way to start your Friday night than at Tequilaz! Why is that? Gwangju vets know it’s their awesome Friday specials. Start with some of their delicious tacos which are only 3,000 won each. Tacos go well with beer, and they have unlimited drafts from only 15,000 won.  If you prefer cocktails, you can get unlimited rail drinks for only 20,000 won. Specials run from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and are cash only please. If you need more details, or want to see what else is happening at Tequilaz, please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, April 13th

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

This Saturday Gwangju Jeonnam KOTESOL will hold their monthly meeting. KOTESOL is one of the best ways to improve your professional development. The meeting will begin at 1:45 p.m., and it will take place at Gwangju National University of Education. The April meeting will feature a workshop on writing skills, as well as a game swap. It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet and network with fellow teachers. For complete details about the meeting, please click on this link. You can also get info by visiting their Facebook page. The meetings are free to attend, but they do encourage you to become a member. Enjoy an afternoon of improving your teaching skills, and meeting fellow professionals at Gwangju Jeonanam’s April meeting!

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

You only have one more week to get your tickets for this years’s GPP Cabaret! Don’t take the chance of hoping their will be tickets at the door-go to the GPP’s Facebook page and order your tickets in advance. This is the fifth year for the cabaret, and the audiences enjoy it more and more every year. The theme for this year is Ballroom Blitz, and some of your favorite Glam Rock tunes will be performed. Unlike other GPP shows, this will be one night only on Saturday, April 20th. Join the rest of the Gwangju community for what is sure to be a great night of entertainment!

Sunday, April 14th

Courtesy of the ACC

Courtesy of the ACC

Looking for a nice way to end the weekend? Then stop by the Asia Culture Center (ACC)! Some of their current exhibitions include a collection of winners from a Korean painting contest, and A Walk Through the Cosmos-which is billed as the “world’s first walk through cinema”. Kids will also enjoy a mini AR rally in the Children’s area. Plus, there are the beatiful areas outside to walk around. For all the info you need about the ACC, please go to their site.



The 2019 Gwangju FINA World Aquatics Championship Organizing Committee signed an agreement last week with local public transportation companies to provide free transport to participating athletes and officials.

A total of 10 companies in Gwangju, Naju, Damyang and Yeosu joined the move so as to encourage the use of public transportation for the championship participants.

It is expected that around 20,000 people including athletes, officials, judges, media, FINA officials and operation supporters will be eligible for the benefit.

The service will be available during the Championship period from July 12th to 28th and the Masters Contest period from August 5th to 18th. In Yeosu, free transportation will be provided from July 13th and 19th and from August 7th and 11th while open water events are being held.


** The second round of tickets for the Super Concert will be released tomorrow the 11th at 5pm on 11th Street shopping mall. Don’t miss out as Twice and TXT have been added to the line up**




Essentials with JD #525 **CULEX MOSQUITO ADVISORIES**


This week the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued nationwide alerts for Japanese encephalitis.

The alert has been enacted following this year’s first accounts of the presence of culex mosquitoes in Jeju on Saturday, the 6th.

The mosquitoes are known to spread Japanese encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain which could lead to permanent or fatal brain damage.

The City advised citizens to receive vaccination shots and follow guidelines to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Children aged between 1 and 12 years old are eligible for free vaccination shots at designated hospitals and local health care centers. If you have been bitten and think you might be infected please consult a medical professional as soon as possible.





With less than 100 days to go till the competition the City of Gwangju released that more than 12,000 people signed up to take part in the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championship as volunteers.


After a one-month-long application period that ran from February 28th a total of 12,579 people applied. 12,000 of those will become volunteers.


The citizen supporters will engage in promotion of the event, welcoming and sendoff of the athletes, cheering at the competition venues and various more areas.


The City will run education sessions for the supporters on the championship overview, etiquette and emergency response from mid-April to May.


Offline sales for the event is also now open at most KTX stations around the country. Get yours now.


Congratulations if you are one of them!