What to do in Gwangju

By the end of the week, we’re both pretty sick of Boseong. If we don’t have anything else planned, we usually head to the nearest city, Gwangju.

Eventually we got bored of our usual routine of looking round shops on Saturday, meeting people for drinks in the evening, and going to homeplus on Sunday, so we’ve started trying to get a bit more out of our Gwangju weekends. If you’re new to Gwangju, or just haven’t had the chance to explore much, here are a few things to get you started.

Explore Acc creative

The Asia Culture Centre is massive. The first time we walked between the buildings, we couldn’t figure out where exactly the art gallery part was. We found a kids section, a big stage, sculptures and a library, but no gallery. It turns out we needed to follow the signs to ACC creative.

ACC creative is probably one of my favourite galleries and we spent way more time in there than we thought we would. One space is filled by three floors of mini exhibition rooms, each with its own aesthetic, and there are other spaces with impressive large scale light and sound installations.

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One of the mini exhibition rooms – This giant dude’s chest would rise and fall as he breathed.

Paintball

I’m not going to tell you I loved paintball. I found it way more difficult to move around the hilly forest terrain with the gear on than I thought I would. I’m more of a laser tag kinda person.  But, other people were into it and if you’re a bit more outdoorsy than me then you might be into it too! Neither of us was involved in organizing the paintball so I don’t have the details of my trip, but if you’re interested in paintballing near Gwangju korea4expats lists some companies you can contact here:

http://www.korea4expats.com/article-paintball-korea-survival-game.html

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Take a short trip to Damyang

We first visited Damyang bamboo forest as part of our orientation when we first moved to Korea, but we decided to go back and roll it into a day trip with province village. Province village is a cute little European style village with lots of murals and little craft shops.

We ended up going when it was pouring with rain, which added a nice atmosphere to the bamboo forest and meant it was far less crowded. There was even an outdoor theatre performance happening despite only having an audience of about four.

More info

Province Village: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1084963

Damyang Bamboo forest: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=815386

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Our orientation trip to the bamboo forest.

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Get brunch at Kunst lounge

This German restaurant and bar has become one of my favourite places in Gwangju ever since we came across it while we got lost looking for a different place. It’s easy to stick to the main downtown area drinking mediocre beer, but head across the bridge over ACC creative and you’ll find some other options. The dinner menu and the cocktails are fantastic, but a special mention goes to their brunches.  If we’ve been out on the Friday night, Kunst’s brunch satisfies that craving for a big fry up without leaving you feeling gross and greasy after. You still get to eat egg and sausages, but the fruit alleviates some of the guilt!

Brunch is served from 11 Thursday to Saturday and you have a choice of English or German.

Website: http://www.kunst-lounge.com

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