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Gwangju Metropolitan City

Kang Ki-jeong

  • NationRepublic of Korea
  • Government NameGwangju Metropolitan City
  • GovernorKang Ki-jeong

Symbol

Symbol
City Emblem City flower City tree City bird
City Emblem City flower

Royal Azaleas

City tree

Gingko Tree

City bird

Dove

History

  • 1931 : Promoted to Gwangju Town.
  • 1949 : Changed to Gwangju City.
  • 1986 : The “Act on Installing Directly Governed City” is promulgated, and Gwangju is promoted to a Directly Governed City following Busan, Daegu, and Incheon.

Regional Characteristics

Gwangju Metropolitan City is located in central Honam, located on the southwest part of the Korean Peninsula. As the center of the Honam region, it has developed basic sectors such as commerce, finance, information, administration, education, tourism, and industry, and it has advantageous geographical conditions that have the potential to be developed into a central city.

Basic Information

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Geography/Climate
  • Area : 501㎢ (As of 2019)
  • Location : 35˚09′~ 35˚10′north latitude and 126˚38′~127˚00′east longitude
  • Climate : Average temperature 13.6℃(January : -0.0℃, August : 26.1℃), Annual precipitation 1,289㎜
Population
  • Population : 1,453,952 (As of September 30, 2020)
  • Number of households: 630,695
Major events
  • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Design Biennale, Im Bang Ul's Korean Traditional Music Festival, Gwangju Kimch Culture Festival, Gwangju Jeongyulseong International Music Festival, International Photonics Exhibition
Tourist Attractions
  • Mudeung Mt. Area, Jeungsimsa, May 18th Memorial Park, Pochungsa Shrine etc.
Sisterhood & Friendship Provinces / Cities
  • China: Guangzhou(Oct 1996), Wuhan(Sept 2007), Shenyang(Sept 2007), Dailan(Feb 2011), Wenzhou(March 2012), Luoyang(Aug 2012), Quanzhou (Nov 18, 2014), Changzhi(Dec 17, 2014)
  • Japan: Sendai(April 2002), Yokohama(Nov 2014)
  • Russia: Kazan(July 2013)
  • Others: St. Antonio, US(Feb 1982); Medan, Indonesia(Sept 1997); Torino, Italy(Nov 2002); Saarland(June 2003), Leipzig(July 2012), Germany; Abomey, Benin(April 2010); Melaka, Malaysia(Nov 2010); Barcelona, Spain(May 2011); Paramaribo, Suriname(Feb 2012); Seberang Perai, Malaysia(May 2013)

Economic Status

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Economy(As of 2019, provisional)
  • GRDP : ₩ 39,281 billion
  • Per capita GRDP : ₩ 27.5 million
Industry (As of 2019, provisional)
  • Service industry 71.1%, mining manufacturing industry 18.2%, construction industry 10.6%, agriculture and fishery 0.1%
  • Specialized industry : Smart appliance, biopsies medical material parts, complex mold, design, super precision production process system
product
  • Agricultural product : Mudeungsan Watermelon, Cherry tomato, Chung-yang chili, strawberry, eggplant, sweet persimmon
  • Industrial product : Automobile, home appliances, high-tech components, semiconductor, cultural contents
  • Specialty product : Nacre-inlaid lacquerware, ceramics, “Jindari”calligraphic brush, paper craft

Others

  • Contact:International Peace and Cooperation Division
  • Address:111 Naebang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju-si, 61945 Republic of Korea
  • Tel.:+82-62-613-6314
  • Fax.:+82-62-613-6319
  • Official Website : http://www.gwangju.go.kr