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Address: 200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Phone Number: 062-266-5187
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Gwangju, South Korea
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Gwangju, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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 the old. If you are in Gwangju, or in South Korea, this cemetery, museum and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 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. It was very loud and obnoxious as I was trying to be reverent and respectful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The May 18th National Cemetery in Gwangju, South Korea, is a sacred and revered memorial for both the people of South Korea and democracies around the globe. The memorial is open year round and is free to the public. Getting there is simple; just get on bus 518 and it will take you straight to the May 18th National Cemetery... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

When I traveled to Gwangju I knew that it was rich in democratic history which is why when me and my classmates were there we visited the May 18th National Cemetery. If you don’t know what purpose the National Cemetery hold it’s when people lost their lives for freedom and democracy. Admission is free and offer tour guides that can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

When I entered the cemetery grounds, a gentleman came up to me and asked if I knew anything about this and wanted to know if I have seen the video in one of the pavilions. Hw guided me to the place to watch the 30 minute video which put the whole cemetery in perspective. He also filled me in on... More 

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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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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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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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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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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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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