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Salute to the people of Gwangju and the later government who is brave enough to face the truth

A well done facility. The English video is not to be missed. Not all exhibits are bilingual but... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Brisbane, Australia
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A good visit to learn more about history

It's a different kind of visit but very worth it. It's a good reminder of Korean history or a... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Jonathan G
Leicester, United Kingdom
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200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61045, South Korea
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

A well done facility. The English video is not to be missed. Not all exhibits are bilingual but there are enough English for foreign visitors to understand what had happened. We spent may be 2 hours in the museum including watching the video. The outdoor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

It's a different kind of visit but very worth it. It's a good reminder of Korean history or a chance to learn if you don't already know, and a reminder that in many countries people have lost their lives for the democracy we enjoy today....More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I would recommend visiting if you are staying in Gwanju for a longer period. If you are only in Gwangju for a short time, then you can probably skip this. The May 18th event was significant to Gwangju's development and there are still many residents...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank CanadianAbroad22
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

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Douglas_Diego
Reviewed 25 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

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank F8714PN_Alex_W
Reviewed 9 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.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Susan B
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

Date of experience: May 2016
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

Date of experience: June 2016
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

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank szehaurchin
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.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank rilishi
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