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Address: 200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Phone Number: 062-266-5187
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May 18th video documentary.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2015
Szehaur C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

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 staff give us the official historic book about May 18th incident....FREE. This is the best... More 

Thank Szehaur C
Gwangju, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 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
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

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

Thank John G
Gwangju, South Korea
2 reviews
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 

Thank George K
Dalhart, Texas
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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 

1 Thank jennaharrison06
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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 

2 Thank Laura D
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 

Thank Jasmin R
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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 

3 Thank Alexander S
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 

2 Thank Keith K
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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