Living & Working in Gwangju

A quick overview

Gwangju is Korea’s 6th largest metropolitan city and one of the most historically significant areas in the region. Established in 57 BC, Gwangju played a key role in Korea’s cultural identity and was an important part of the countries rise to success as a major player in the industrialized world.Located within the southern coastal province of Jeollanam, Gwangju takes advantage of the beautiful summer months and mild winters. Gwangju is not a coastal city; however, its close proximity to the Yellow Sea (just west of Gwangju) and the East China Sea (just south of Gwangju) make weekend trips and adventures to the local beaches and islands more than feasible. Many of the smaller coastal cities surrounding Gwangju are also popular tourist destinations during the summer months and offer a wide array of water sports and activities.

Gwangju has lots of interesting tourist destinations, park areas and scenic sights. Additionally, the city is famous for its diverse Korean cuisines and many restaurants in the area are well known throughout other parts of the country.


Gwangju City Symbol

Gwangju Official Government Website
Cost Of Living In GwangjuDay to day living expenses are on par with other major cities in the country, excluding Seoul which is noticeably higher.
Foreigners in GwangjuAll of the metropolitan cities in Korea have large foreign communities and Gwangju is no exception. Gwangju is currently home to thousands of western teachers, engineers and other foreign workers.
Transportation in GwangjuGwangju has one subway line, extensive bus routes, countless taxis, an international airport and a developed high speed train network offering affordable tickets to most destinations throughout the country.
Gwangju EntertainmentGwangju has lots of entertainment options and possibilities for those seeking fun and excitement during their non-working hours. Gwangju is a historically significant city and the locals host lots of national and international festivals each year. In addition the festivals and events Gwangju also has a number of professional sports teams, countless karaoke rooms, movie theatres, sports complexes and lots of cafes and restaurants.
Shopping in GwangjuGwangju has lots of outdoor markets that sell electronics, clothing, fresh produce, fish products and gadgets that are otherwise unseen in western countries. The city also has department stores and retail chains in the downtown area.
Nightlife in GwangjuGwangju has one large entertainment district in the city center and a number of smaller entertainment districts spread throughout other areas. Korean nightclubs, karaoke bars, western bars and 24 hour cafes with alcohol licenses are abundant.
Gwangju LandscapeGwangju has lots of options for those seeking nature related activities. Mount Mudeung, Sajik Park, Hwangnyong River and Jatgogae Ridge, to name a few, are some of the more prominent nature options available in the Gwangju area.
Noise in GwangjuNoisy in the city core, moderately noisy in the surrounding areas.
Pollution in GwangjuAir and street pollution levels in Gwangju are comparable to other major cities in Korea, excluding Seoul which is noticeably higher.