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The Artistic and Cultural Centre of Korea

Located 329 km south of Seoul in the south-western corner of the Korean peninsula, Gwangju is Korea's fifth-largest city with a population of 1.3 million. It is an important cultural and artistic centre, with a special passion for poetry, painting and music.

Gwangju contributed greatly to the cultural growth of the neighbouring regions. The region is renowned for the quality of its pansori, a traditional narrative musical form comparable to opera, which is still enjoyed throughout Korea today.

Gwangju's love of the arts is celebrated with the Gwangju Bienniale, an international art festival that began in 1995 and has attracted some of Asia's and the world's most recognised modern artists.

Gwangju is also famous for its food, in particular its "traditional menu" featuring an assortment of hearty dishes guaranteed to leave an unforgettable impression on the tastebuds. For lovers of kimchi, Korea's traditional side dish of fermented and pickled vegetables usually characterised by its use of fiery chillies,

Gwangju hosts the annual Kimchi Festivalwhich celebrates the flavours and health benefits of this uniquely Korean dish.

Gwangju has also historically played a key role in Korean politics and in the march toward democracy. The area has traditionally raised volunteer militia to supplement the regular Korean military in times of conflict. Even in recent history, the people of Gwangju have taken on a leading role in helping Korea establish itself as a national democracy. The city was the site of many demonstrations in the 1980's demanding greater democratic freedoms for the people of Korea.

Towering 1,187 meters over the city is Mt. Mudeung, which is famous for its magnificent scenery and attracts thousands of eager hikers every year. The surrounding areas are dotted with natural wonders, including Dadohae Archipelago National Park, Mt. Jiri and Mt. Wolchul National Parks.


Website: (Korean, English)

Tel: 82-62-525-9370

Fax: 82-62-525-9372


An intriguingly open design seems to bring the sky and
surrounding mountains right onto the playing field

Key Facts

Name: Gwangju World Cup Stadium
Type: Football Only
To Open: November 13 2001
Cost: 158.8 billion
Total Capacity: 43,121
Spectator seats:
Under cover: 30,200
Open: 12,706
VIP seats: 500
VIP Boxes: 0
Disabled seats: 180
Pitch Size: 110m x 74.5m
Spectator Parking: 2,839
Distances to Stadium
From city centre: 10 km
From Gwangju Airport: 9 km
From railway station: 6 km
From bus terminal: 5 km
Press Facilities
Press seats: 200
Seats with desk and telephone: 396
Space for commentators: 600
Space for photographers: 100

Source: FIFA

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