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Environmentally-Friendly Cutting-edge City, a Hub of Asian Culture

Gwangju is the leading city of the Honam region, which is being sought for its cutting-edge industry and culture, and it is considered to be a core middle city leading the development of the southwestern region.For a long time Gwangju has been known as a hometown of justice, art and beauty, because citizens have never turned a blind eye to injustice and have always enjoyed the art, flavors and tastes.

A Sacred Land of Democratization and a City of Democracy, Human Rights and Peace

The history of this virtuous village continued from the honorable troops movement in the late Korean Kingdom to the Gwangju Student Independence Movement and the May 18th Democratic Uprising in Gwangju. As a result, Gwangju has been recognized as a city of democracy, human rights and peace. In particular, the May 18th Democratic Uprising, in resistance against military rule, set an example for many Asian countries who are aspiring freedom and justice. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Summit and a Women’s Forum in 2006 and 2007, respectively, offered opportunities to raise awareness about the spirit of Gwangju, democracy, human rights and peace around the world.

A Window on Asian Culture and a Cultural Hub of the World

Gwangju is a city of the arts and has given birth to many artists, including masters of pansori, a traditional Korean song, Lim Bangul, Oriental painter Uijae Huh Baekryun, Chinese modern musician, Chung Uelsung, and poet Park Youngchul. On top of this, Gwangju hosts the Gwangju Biennale and the Design Biennale, which are international festivals of modern art and design, transforming itself as a cultural hub of Asia. Gwangju, with this cultural competitiveness, has tried to renew itself as a hub of Asian culture through a long-term project (lasting from 2003 to 2023). If the National Asian Culture Hall opens to the level of Pompidou in 2012, Gwangju will move towards being the cultural hub of the world.

* There are 5 major festivals of Gwangju, which include: Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju Kimchi Festival, Im Bangul Korean Traditional Music Festival, and Gwangju Jeong Yul-seong International Music Festival.

Environmentally-friendly High Tech Industrial City and a Science Park in Northeast Asia

Gwangju is opening a new era to be an environmentally-friendly future high tech industry. It has nurtured next generation strategic industries, such as high tech components, new energy, design and culture content, along with automobiles, digital electronics and photonics, in order to develop a high tech industrial area in the 21st Century Northeast Asia. In addition, Gwangju has planted about 10 million trees all across the city and has become the first city to forge a UN City Environment Convention in Korea, in order to cut greenhouse gases and make itself a green city. Gwangju, with its harmony among culture, nature and industry, has tried to realize the dreams of being a global city that attracts attention in the 21st Century.

*Gwangju’s global events: 2009 International Photonics Expo, 2011 International Environment Expo, 2014 World Hydrogen Energy Convention, 2015 Summer Universiade

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