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May 18th National Cemetery

200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61045, South Korea
+82 62-266-5187
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An Essential Part of Korean History

This is a must see to help understand Korea today and in the past. You can arrive easily on the bus... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
Gwangju, South Korea
As much of the present as of the past

It is a little bit out of the city of Gwangju, but easily reached via local bus #518. The tricky... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2016
Alex W
Singapore, Singapore
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200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61045, South Korea
+82 62-266-5187
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a must see to help understand Korea today and in the past. You can arrive easily on the bus 518 from the central bus station or along the route in the city. Also, a taxi from the bus station or downtown will be...More

1  Thank Douglas_Diego
Reviewed 26 December 2016

It is a little bit out of the city of Gwangju, but easily reached via local bus #518. The tricky part is to find the right bus stop. It is the one at the rear of Gwangju Railway Station, not in front of it. The...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Get a guide and visit this sobering memorial to those who lost their lives in the quest for freedom. The architecture, museum, memorial, and cemetery are a fitting testament to the birth of democracy in S. Korea.

Thank EmilyHannah
Reviewed 16 August 2016

The Memorial and the museum are a good introduction to the Gwangju Uprising of 1980. The graves of the victims are moving, as is the Memorial Hall. The exhibits in the museum may occasionally seem overemotional, but the movie provides historical background. Well worth the...More

Thank H1732015
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Our English speaking guide made our visit very enjoyable and we left with a thorough understanding. There is a brief video presentation, museum and gift shop that was on the same site as the cemetery and memorial.Koreans strongly believe, if you don't remember, it will...More

1  Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

We were lucky because the memorial hall staff are very helpful. The staffs even offer to show us English documentary video with Chinese subtitle video. You shall watch the video ! It''s worth it although it took a bit long 30 minutes. Last surprise, the...More

Thank Szehaur C
Reviewed 31 August 2015

It is a symbol of the democratization of the Republic of Korea. Gwang-ju citizens think it is very important here. It has a place to visit year after year many visitors.

Thank rilishi
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

Very nicely up kept memorial park. Makes visitors appreciate the sacrifices people from Gwangju gave to achieve their democratic goals.

Thank John G
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Few uprisings in world history have been so well memorialized as the 1980 May 18 People's Uprising in Gwangju. There are 2 cemeteries here--the old one up the hill (where a visit should start) and the new one which can be reached by walking from...More

Thank George K
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This was a beautiful place, and I really enjoyed walking through the museum area and the surrounding grounds. It was very somber, but a great portrayal of what happened. One thing that was disappointing was the tents that were being taken down from an event....More

1  Thank jennaharrison06
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