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May 18th National Cemetery

Address: 200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Phone Number: 062-266-5187
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Gwangju
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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128 reviews 128 reviews
99 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived at the May 18th National Cemetery. At first our visit was just some wandering around without getting much out of it. At that point a guide at the main entrance spotted us (we had come in a side entrance) and came over to offer us a tour. He took an average... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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154 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was unaware of Gwangju's history as a hotbed for democratic reform in the 1970's and 1980's. The May 18th National Cemetery is impressive not only as a memorial to the victims of Korea's violent military crackdown during May 18 - 27, 1980, but also as a history museum and educational center. I couldn't help but be moved by my... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went on a rainy Monday, but in no way did this take away from the experience. (If anything, it added to the solemness.) The cemetery is a bit aways from the city and a lot of locals get a little confused about foreigners wanting to visit it, but it was worth it. As you enter, on the left there... More 

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Busan, South Korea
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207 reviews 207 reviews
198 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The bus leaves from the main bus station and takes about an hour. To the right of the main memorial and cemetery area is a photo room and to the left is a museum which is very detailed in the history, giving an hour by hour record of the two main days.

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Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The cemetery provided an insight to the political movements in South Korea in the 1980s, which is little known to foreigners. The tombs, monuments, documentaries and artifacts served as a reminder of South Korea's struggle to true democracy. Visiting the cemetery was a humbling experience. There were not many visitors to the place at any given time. A downside would... More 

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Launceston, Tasmania
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105 reviews 105 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Gwangju massacre must never be forgotten and this very moving memorial will enrich your understanding of the Korean people, their culture and their history. Visit the 5/18 Memorial in respect of those who sacrificed their lives for democracy in Korea.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I visited here with my co-teacher (who speaks Korean) and enjoyed the scenery and the museum itself. I recommend it for anyone interested and with the ability to transport yourself to there. You won't regret it.

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Gwangju, South Korea
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Before coming to Gwangju, I tried to understand the Democracy Movement, but the little information available in English was confusing. The National Cemetery had a great 30 minute (free!) documentary with so much information, pictures, and video. It was shocking to see pictures of tanks in the middle of downtown Gwangju, but very humbling. Very few people were visiting the... More 

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Daejeon, South Korea
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The May 18th Park is a an all around good afternoon activity. There are many places to see including the temples, memorials, and a student center. There is quite a bit of history, but only a few of the signs were translated. You can get a good idea of what happened from the statues. There are parks, with the exercise... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We were there for the anniversary in May, it was a humbling experience where you could feel the spirit of those who fought for freedom. I definitely walked away with a greater appreciation of what happened and how it changed the lives of people in S Korea.

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