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May 18th National Cemetery

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Address: 200 Minju-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju 61045, South Korea
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Phone Number: 062-266-5187

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History of Gwangju Uprising

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 longish trip out on the aptly-named 518 bus. A little further up the road is... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 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 happen again.

Thank Kevin W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

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
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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 

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 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 26, 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 

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