Gwangju [광주]: also known as the city of light; famous for its rich and diverse cuisine, as well as the birthplace of kasa, a form of Korean classical poetry.

There is something about Gwangju that makes it feel like a sanctuary. The time I spent there was more of a break from my supposedly planned vacation.

Today, I’m going to share with you a snippet of Gwangju’s charm.

Trick Art Zone

Gwangju’s subway system only has one line. In one of its stations, Nongseong, you will find some of the wittiest trick art portraits I’ve come across so far.

For a second, you’ll feel that you’re inside a vivid museum thanks to all the priceless art that the exhibition showcases. 

Joy Dance Academy

Since Gwangju is Hoseok’s hometown, it was only fitting to pay his old dance academy a visit.

This may not seem as much for you, but the mere idea of seeing the reason behind the birth of an incredible dancing machine that grew up to be a fine artist is both heartwarming and motivational.

Parks & Recreations

Let’s just say that this short trip helped me blow off some steam … lots of it.

After resting for a while in the quiet playground near the accommodation I booked, my friends and I headed downtown to grab a bite and loosen up a bit. A few rounds in the arcade room followed by a Karaoke session perfectly concluded our only night spent in Gwangju.

Since I didn’t schedule my stay, I didn’t get to see much of the city’s touristic sites, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Make sure to catch a glimpse of Gwangju’s beauty, and remember: you can make use of the only subway line available and properly come up with a practical itinerary to tour the city!

That’s all for today! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and stay tuned for more Hallyu gems. Until I see you next time, thank you for reading me.