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Essentials with JD #462 **FINE DUST PREPARATION**


It is almost that time of the year again when the quality of the air will become decidedly worse. For many out there it is time to invest in masks or even an air purifier for your home.

In related news the City of Gwangju on Thursday announced plans to enforce 32 projects in 5 sections to reduce fine dust.

The City aims to reduce fine dust concentration by 16% until 2030.

According to the City, a new organization to secure safety from fine dust will be installed before November and begin operation in participation with experts, environment organizations, City council and private companies.

The City also plans to carry out various countermeasures to fine dust including fine dust emission source research and clean road system installation.


Please take care and stay healthy,






It’s a beautiful day today so if you want to hang out and have some fun head to Gwangju City Hall.


The event starts at 10am and goes to 4pm. Take your snacks and drinks and order some fried chicken.


Enjoy the weather and enjoy and awesome time at City Hall.


평화의 바람타고 공유야 놀자

일시: 2018.10.13(토) / 10:00~16:00

장소: 광주광역시청 앞 시민광장


Bus : 16, 1000, 518, 46, 62, 63, 64, 68, 01, 50, 38, 89, 02 25, 45, 22






Gwangsangu of Gwangju said Wednesday that the 12th Gwangsan Wheat Festival will be held from this Friday to Sunday at Songsan Park.


The festival prepared various programs for families such as outdoor picnics and a cooking class.


There are also entertainment programs for children including a wheat pool and upcycle playground.


All experience programs do not require pre-registration.


If you want to take a lovely walk around and take some amazing pics for Instagram in the autumn reeds why not visit Yeongsan river between Gukrak Bridge and SeoChang bridge. 

제4회 영산강 서창들녘 억새축제

일시: 2018.10.12(금) ~ 10.14(일)

장소: 영산강(극락교~서창교) 일원


What to Do This Weekend: Canadian Thanksgiving, Homeland, And Koreaology!

Hello Gwangju!

Let’s hope this weekend will be a lot dryer than the last! Lots of things to do this weekend so let’s see what’s happening.

Thursday, October 11th

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

The First Alleyway will be having their first Canadian Thanksgiving celebration tonight! They will be serving a delicious turkey dinner with dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more. They will also have a special dessert (while supplies last) for an additional fee. Now if you can’t make it tonight, make sure you don’t miss the turkey poutine on Friday. For more info, please go to their Facebook event page.

Friday, October 12th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Where should you start off your Friday nigh? Tequilaz of course! Their specials are very popular, and for good reason. You can enjoy their famous tacos for only 3,000 won each. You’re going to need something to drink with those tacos, so how about unlimited drafts for 12,000 won? If you’re not a fan of beer, 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. If you need more info, then please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

If you watch Youtube, then you have probably seen clips of The Tonight’s Show’s “lip sync battle” segment. It became so popular, that now it has it’s own show on television. Now Gwangju is getting in on the fun with it’s own lip sync battle tonight at Speakeasy. All you have to do is come down and sign up to perform your favorite song (you can also get a group of friends to do it as well). You can perform the whole song, or just part of it. Since you will be lip syncing, no musical talent is needed! All you need to do is be energetic, and have some fun. It will all begin at 10:00 p.m., and the money raised will go towards the GPP’s newest production, The Wiz! For all the complete details, please go to the Facebook event page here.

Saturday, October 13th

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

This Saturday’s art class at the GIC will be an introduction to Korean embroidery. All materials will be provided so that you can stitch a small design. The fee for this special class is 15,000 won, and it is limited to only 6 participants. The class will be taught by Annalise Reinhardt, and special guest teacher, local artist Ruri Lee. To reserve your spot, please go to their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of Cat Neil, and Thando Mlambo

Courtesy of Cat Neil, and Thando Mlambo

Here in Gwangju we get all the big Hollywood releases, but today will be the debut screening of a locally produced documentary. The name of the film is called Homeland, and it is collection of stories about the idea of “home”, and “belonging”. In the documentary you will see the stories of a number of expats living in Korea. The screening will take place at Loft 28, and it will begin at 6:00 p.m. Please come down and support Homeland so we can have more of these films made. For more information, please check out the Facebook event page here.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

There will be trivia tonight at Speakeasy. Wait a minute Bill, trivia night is on a Thursday. Have you lost it? Well not yet because I’m talking about a special night of trivia at Speakeasy. Come and down and participate in Koreaology! All of the categories will focus on Korea. There will be questions about Korean films, food, and much more. The topics will be about Korea, but the questions will all be in English. So get a group of fellow expats, and Korean friends together for this specially themed night of trivia. It all begins at 7:00 p.m., and it will go until 9:00 p.m. For more details, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Special Event!

I want to let Gwangju residents know of a special event that is happening on Wednesday, October 17th. The Gwangju campus of Singapore International School is having a U.N. Day, and it is open to the public. It will be taking place at the May 18th plaza downtown (near the fountain), and it will run from 11:45 a.m., until 2:45 p.m.


Essentials with JD #459 **GFN CULTURAL EVENT THIS FRIDAY**


Hello Korea의 스폐셜 음악방송

‘별밤 콘서트’에 여러분을 초대합니다!!

We would like to invite you to 

Hello Korea’s Special Music Concert

“The Musical Journey Under the Starry Night”

Come and join us on Friday the 12th of October

Enjoy this special concert in the intimate setting of

a Korean traditional house,

as we enjoy a fusion of jazz and Korean traditional music

which will perfectly soundtrack this mid-autumn evening!

Enjoy a glass of wine or a soft-drink with us, on us,

as we spend this special time together.

7 PM on Friday the 12th of October,

at 하노크 in downtown Gwangju.

일 시 : 2018년 10월 12일 (금) 오후 7시

장 소 : 하노크 (광주 시내에 위치한 한옥 카페)

주소 – 광주 동구 백서로 137번길 19-1

입장료 : 무료 (와인과 어울리는 음식이 무료로 제공됩니다.)

문의처 : 062-460-0943 (Hello Korea 담당 작가)

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