Conference Venue


Kimdaejung Convention Center (Location)

30 Sangmunuriro, Seo-gu, Gwangju, (502-828), Korea

Office: +82-62-611-2000, Fax: +82-62-611-2009




Gwangju ()


  Gwangju Metropolitan City is, with a population of 1.5 million, the fifth largest city in South Korea. It is the center city of administration, military, economy, society, and culture in the south west region (Jeolla Province or Honam region) of Korea peninsula. Gwangju has long been regarded as a city rich in culture and the arts. It has produced numerous scholars renowned for their scholarship and virtue. Gwangju is also where the Southern School of Chinese Painting, or Namjonghwa, as well as pansori, a traditional Korean singing genre, originated. The level of artistic sophistication is higher than most any other region, with a large proportion of the population involved in the arts field. The humble nature of the people who do not pursue worldly gain has enabled legions of people to enjoy art, dance and music over the years. The Gwangju Biennale, an international arts festival first held in 1995 and taking place every two years, has expanded Gwangju's worldwide reputation as a city of art. Surrounded by the great agricultural plains of the region, the city nestles up against Mt. Mudeung. The old section of town follows the path of a stream, stretching northwest and including the main business and entertainment areas of the city. The best pedestrian street is Jungjang-no, where you'll find shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and theaters. Major businesses have their offices in Geumnan-no, which has an arcade of shops underneath the serious businesses. East of Geumnan-no (toward Jungjang-no) is an area called "Art Street" where you'll find galleries, traditional teahouses, and art-supply stores. Gwangju is also famous for its cuisine as is the province of Jeolla. The entire area is considered the breadbasket of Korea. On the practical side, food is generally tastier and easier on the wallet throughout this province.



How to get in


By Air

  · From Abroad to Gwangju Airport via Incheon Airport & Gimpo Airport

  If flying to Gwangju from abroad, it is best to fly to Incheon Airport. Incheon Airport is the international hub for Korea located near Seoul; Gimpo Airport is the domestic hub near Seoul. If you are flying onward to Gwangju, then you will have to transfer from Incheon Airport to a flight out of Gimpo Airport. There are buses running from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport for your transfer. This bus ride is about one hour long, depending on traffic. The flight from Gimpo Airport to Gwangju Airport is around an hour. To get to your final destination, taxis, buses and the subway are available from Gwangju Airport.


  · From Abroad to Gwangju viaIncheon Airport & Direct Airport Bus

  Instead of the Incheon/Gimpobus & Gwangju flight combination, you may want to take a direct Airport Bus from Incheon to Gwangju. Online purchases are available for buses going to local provinces: (site in Korean language only). It is possible to buy your ticket outside at kiosk near the Gwangju bus stop (Province Bus Terminal Gate 9C) at Incheon Airport. The cost is around 30-40,000 won depending on time of day.The airport bus arrives at Gwangju Express Bus Terminal (Gwangcheon Terminal) in three to four hours, depending on traffic. Gwangju city buses and taxis can get you to your final destination.


By bus

  Buses from major cities throughout the country arrive and depart from Gwangju Bus Terminal, a large, fancy and recently renovated bus terminal near the geographic center of the city. Seoul Gangnam to Gwangju prices are either 17,900 or 26,400 won for the standard bus or the limousine bus respectively. Prices to other cities are comparable.


By train

  Korail and KTX trains run from Seoul multiple times a day and are the quickest option for travelers wanting to go to Gwangju from Seoul. The trip takes 3 hours and the cost is 33,000-39,000 won. Note that all trains depart from Yongsan Station in eoul, not the main Seoul Station. If you have an hour to spare, a slower Mugunghwa train from Yeongdeungpo station can save you an additional 10,000 won or more (21,700 as of 01/2013). The trip takes a bit over 4 hours. A separate KTX Honam line is under construction and when completed around 2014, going from Seoul to Gwangju will take 90 minutes.


Information about Gwangju Tour






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