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What to Do This Weekend: Name That Tune, Science Museum, and a Water Slide

Hello Gwangju!

Well, I hope no one has melted out there because of this heat! Don’t let the weather stop you from getting out though. Let’s see what you can do.

Friday, August 3rd

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

Photo Courtesy of Tequilaz.

It may be hot in Gwangju, but it’s nice and cool inside Tequilaz! The Friday specials will keep everybody happy. Start off with some of their delicious tacos which are only 3,000 won each. You can enjoy unlimited draft beers for only 12,000 won with your tacos, or 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. For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Enjoy music? Want to have fun, and win free stuff? I’m sure a lot of you do, and the place to go is Speakeasy for their Name That Tune trivia! It’s very easy to play, and it doesn’t cost you anything. All you have to do is listen to a snippet of music, and guess either the song, or the artist. If you win, you’ll get a chance to get some free drinks! Plus, there are the Speakeasy happy hour specials which run from 7:00 p.m., to 10:00 p.m. If you need more info, please go to their Facebook page here.

Saturday, August 2nd

Courtesy of Gwangju Science Museum

Courtesy of Gwangju Science Museum

A great place to check out in town is the Gwangju Science Museum! They have a lot of different exhibit halls, including one for kids, and a special video display. There will also be special programs going on during the summer, such as a science magic show, and an event about sharks. While you’re there, check out their VR display! Even if you’re not a big fan of science, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Gwangju Science Museum. For information in English, please follow this link (the main page is in Korean).

Courtesy of The Gwangju Cinema

Courtesy of The Gwangju Cinema

If you’ve seen all the big summer blockbusters already, then you might want to check out Gwangju’s oldest theater for something different. The Gwangju Cinema is the home for foreign films, independents, documentaries, and more. Currently playing is The Square, which stars Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaiden’s Tale). To find out more about this film, and others that are playing there, please check out their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

The rooftop patio is open at Loft 28! You can chill out with friends and enjoy the view. While you’re there, enjoy some of their delicious, home cooked food. It’s pretty popular among the residents of Gwangju! With great drinks, and favorite music being played, Loft 28 is a top place to go to in town. If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Sunday, August 3rd

Looking for a great way to cool off in this heat? Then head down to the ACC plaza and take a ride on their water slide! It only costs 1,000 won for adults, and kids are free! For more info, please go to the Gwangju page on Facebook.





If you are looking for something to do however Gwangju’s Donggu District will hold The Jisan Amusement Park Saturday Concert this coming Saturday, the 4th.


The concert will present a fusion traditional music group, symphony, acoustic guitar group and singers. The performers will showcase various genres of music from pop to Korean music.


The concert will be held at the yard in front of The Venice restaurant located in the Jisan Amusement Park area from 7:30pm.

Essentials with JD #407 **GWANGJU MAYOR LEE’S FIRST MONTH**


It has been a month since the 7th municipal government started its new journey under Mayor Lee Yong-Seop’s leadership.


During the first month of his term, he focused on global communication, breakthroughs in key long-term local issues, personnel and organizational innovation, job creation and citizen’s safety.


Mayor Lee also made an effort to communicate with citizens more than anything which is an expression of the willingness to operate a citizen centered municipal government.


Likewise, Lee, also known as the ‘Mayor of Job Creation’ is making the best effort to revitalize the local economy for job creation and stability.


Just 10 days after his inauguration, he visited the Ministry of Economy and Finance and requested government funding for local pending issues. He also met with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Public Administration and Security, the representative of Democratic Party and Justice Party to ask for cooperation and support in local issues.


The investment agreement with Hyundai Motors, which is being promoted as the first step of the Gwangju type job model of the new local government, is providing a boost to his job creation pledge.


In addition, the introduction of new policies such as the establishment of a new personnel system and the local currency have filled the gap between the replacement period of the mayor.


Finally, as the prolonged heat wave continues in the country, the Mayor has also launched a special emergency headquarters in order to precisely monitor citizens’ safety.


Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 3.51.57 PMStifling heat continues to dominate Gwangju and Jeollanamdo on Tuesday with heat wave alerts remaining in effect for the 22nd day which is the longest lasting period for heat wave alerts ever recorded.

According to the Gwangju Regional Meteorological Administration on Monday, the daytime highs reached 36.5 degrees Celsius in Gwangju, 36.7 degrees in Naju and 36.3 degrees in Hampyeong.

As the scorching heat continues, related damages are also increasing.

Reportedly, 2 people died after suffering from heat related illnesses in the region while some 249 people experienced heat related symptoms.

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As of Monday, a total of 507,000 heads of livestock including chickens, ducks and pigs have so far perished at 296 farms in the region.

The weather agency forecast the region may experience hotter conditions with the daytime highs reaching high 30s due to strong sun rays accompanied by a heated eastern wind.


Stay safe,



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Prolonged Moment

Prolonged Moment


There is not much to say about the photo above. In it, a relatively familiar countryside landscape is pictured. However, while it does not distinguish itself in subject, it nevertheless captures a moment of beautiful summer sun, a sublime twenty minutes before the sun set over the ridge beyond and bathed this cloudless sky in a subtle pink hue. The air was relatively still, and behind the buildings above, a country road ferried the odd driver on her hurried way from Naju to Mokpo.

In the slowness of summer, this photo need not represent just a fraction of a second. Rather, it can be indicative of a slightly elongated moment, perhaps even twenty minutes or so. This image captures that space when we might just be hot and still enough to notice the beautiful golden rust on the smokestack in front of us begin to glow then fade as the sun began to set to our right. We might also notice how even the rain-soaked trees from a day before no reflect a soft yellow glow in the warm haze.

Just as it began, this elongated moment no doubt ended without pomp or obvious fanfare. It was just another moment of prolonged transition from one light to the next; a moment, now, worth its weight in pixels.


[Image taken with my Contax T2 shooting Afga 200.]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)