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Member Regional Governments

Gwangju Metropolitan City

Member Regional Governments South Korea (ROK) Gwangju Metropolitan City

Lee Yong-sup

  • NationRepublic of Korea
  • Government NameGwangju Metropolitan City
  • GovernorLee Yong-sup

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.

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 Cooperation Officer
  • 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