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Essentials with JD #501 **COLD SNAP ARRIVES**

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Wind and wave warnings have been issued on Jeollanamdo’s northern, central and southern West Sea offings as of 7:00am this morning.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety advises people to adopt the following guidelines.

Residents in the area should remove or tie objects that could fall and lock windows and doors tightly.

Do not try to fix malfunctioning electric facilities while the warnings are in effect and do not approach overhead roads or dangerous walls.

Enhance protection measures to farm facilities especially vinyl houses and evacuate boats at ports following the proper authorities.


The City of Gwangju also recently announced plans to install automatic snow removers on icing-prone road sections.

The sections include Neoritjae-ro connecting Gwangju and Hwawun and the entrance to Songam Industrial Complex on the 2nd Ring Road.

The automated snow removers collect information on road conditions using its sensors and allow spraying deicing agents remotely.

The City expects the system to help react to heavy and sudden snow immediately and preemptively so as to ease traffic congestion and prevent accidents.


Wrap up warm,


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What to Do This Weekend: Friday Specials, Live Music, and the Last Chance to See The Wiz!

Hello Gwangju!

It took awhile, but the wintry weather has hit the town. Still, I know many are looking forward to the weekend so let’s see what there is to do.

Friday, December 7th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

What’s going to warm you up on a cold winter night? How about the Friday specials at Tequilaz! Enjoy their famous tacos for only 3,000 won each. Beer goes well with tacos, and they have unlimited drafts for 12,000 won. If you prefer cocktails, 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. The staff is really friendly, and there’s been a little bit of remodeling so come on down tonight and have some fun! If you need more info, then please go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, December 8th

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

The Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL will be having their last meeting of 2018. There will be two interesting presentations that will hopefully give you some ideas that you can use in your classroom. The chapter meetings are also a great way to meet and network with other teachers. Whether you’re an academy teacher, or work at at a university, there’s something for all to learn and discover. It will all begin at 1:45 p.m. on the campus of Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE). You don’t have to be a member to attend, but they do encourage you to become one. For all the complete info that you need, please follow this link. You can also go to their Facebook page for details.

Courtesy of the Gwangju Performance project

Courtesy of the Gwangju Performance project

If you didn’t catch the GPP’s production of The Wiz last weekend then don’t worry because you still have three chances left! The Wiz is an urban retelling of the classic children’s story, The Wizard of Oz. The music and dancing is lively, and the cast of local artists transports you to the land of Oz. There are two shows today at 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. There will be a final performance on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, so please come out and support our local theater scene. For any more information that you need, please go to the Facebook event page here. The play is being performed on the campus of GNUE.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

The Wiz isn’t the only chance to hear live music today in Gwangju. Tonight Speakeasy will welcome back The Monday Feeling to their stage. The Monday Feeling has played a couple of times here in Gwangju, and they always rock out with a collection of covers, and original songs. Local faves Jimmy and Joel will be the opening act. Of course live music at Speakeasy also means great drink specials. It will be a fantastic night of music, so don’t be one of the people who regret not going to the show! The music will start sometime after 10:30 p.m., but don’t forget their happy hour specials which run from 7:00 p.m., until 10:00 p.m. For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

Sunday, December 9th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

I know there are a lot of gamers in town, so put your skills to the test with a FIFA 2019 tournament at Speakeasy. For this tournament there are no rules, and it will only cost 5,000 won to enter.  The winner of the tourney will take the pot, and there will be drink specials for all to enjoy. If you need any more info, please go to the Facebook event page.



The City of Gwangju recently said that over 100 tons of kimchi have been sold so far at this year’s Kimjang Festival.

From the festival opening on November 22nd to December 3rd, some 120 tons of kimchi have been sold through onsite sales and reservation services. The activity will run until December 16th so make sure to go down and check it out.


By the end of the festival the City expects the sale record to reach this year’s goal of 180 tons.

The City attributed this year’s increased sales to the launch of its online ordering service as it attracted more consumers in their 20s and 30s.

The Bitgoeul Love Sharing Kimjang Festival was first held in 2014 to provide citizens opportunities to make their own Kimchi, and since then the event has grown in popularity with the local residents.

At the festival, the participants can make their own Kimchi by using the best quality ingredients at affordable prices.

The festival sourced the ingredients from local farms near the Gwangju and Jeollanamdo area, such as white radish cultivated from farms in Gwangju, and bay salts produced in Shin-an country and more. In addition the Kimchi dishes made at the festival will donated to help the underprivileged in the region.

Take Bus Jinwol78 and get off at Gwangju Kimchi Town Bus Stop or if you are taking a taxi just show the taxi driver this address 60, Kimchi-ro, Nam-gu, Gwangju

광주광역시 남구 김치로 60 (임암동)

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The KIA Tigers and the City of Gwangju revealed a tiger sculpture at Woochi Park in Bukgu on Monday.

The Tigers donated the 1.5m-high sculpture to promote the Baekdu Tiger Preservation Project in commemoration of its 11th Korean Series win in 2017.

The unveiling ceremony was held at 11 a.m. at the entrance of the park in participation with Mayor Lee Yong Seob and KIA Tigers CEO Heo Yeong Taek.

The Tigers have been carrying out various tiger-related projects in collaboration with the City.

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Stocking Up

Stocking Up


This photo shows the best of late autumn, and hints at what may be to come. In it we can see the hard light of late afternoon making the highlights subtly pop on the chunks of tree stacked in forest shack. Perhaps driven by memories of the years extended chill, these logs are signs of what we expect from the winter ahead. In this state though, the wood looks utterly peaceful. Most of us likely know such moments. The sun is setting through the newly bare trees. The evening wind has yet to pick up, and we are left there in an unexpected stillness. Lasting just minutes, these moments seem elongated, drawing us into a serene, but ultimately temporary space.

Already on the sides of the photo we can see the shadows encroachment on this wood. The site will be dark soon enough. Small gusts carrying undeniable hints of winter chill will soon be felt. But for now, this moment proves enough. We can feel the warmness of the multi-toned faces of the logs as they point towards the remaining sun. Yet to tap our stored memories of the summer, this is a moment that is still real. It might be enough, this stocking up. We will find out soon.


[Image taken with a Ricoh GR1 shooting Agfa APX100. Coming from Shooting mostly T-max and Tri-x films by Kodak, I was surprised with the results from this film. It seems to allow more shadow detail while still pumping the contrast. The grain also has a different character than the more common ‘T’ grain or Tri-x “looks”. So, if finding a stock, be like a squirrel and stock up.]


(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)