May 18th National Cemetery
May 18th National Cemetery
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
May 18 National Cemetery commemorates the lives lost during the Gwangju Uprising of 1980. Gwangju citizens took a stand against the military when college students demonstrating against the martial law government were fired upon, killed, and beaten by government troops. Along with the cemetery, the memorial tower stands in the middle of the worship square. The three-floor memorial hall contains an exhibition that has detailed information about the ten days of the uprising. Some of the raw footage of the military attacking its own citizens was not only appalling and was hard to believe it was only 40 years ago.
Written 27 July 2021
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Planetkimchi
Jeju, South Korea353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
I cycled up the river and across from Gwangju. Established in 2002 the cemetery, monuments and museum are a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for democracy. It’s a beautiful place to walk around. Take time to visit the museum and follow it up with a visit to Democracy Plaza in Gwangju near the ACC and go up to the 10th floor in the 245 Jeonil Building.
Written 6 November 2020
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Doctor Ryan M
Gwangju, South Korea128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Take the 5.18 bus here. It is a very moving experience. It is very English friendly as there are tour guides all around. The 5.18 cemetery includes a 40 minute video presentation. It should take you about 2 hours there to see everything.
Written 22 November 2019
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Henry G
Asker, Norway57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A moving place to visit, a place for reflection. Very good visual presentation on video explaining very well and enlarged the impressions and the feelings I got from my visit
Written 26 September 2019
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea24,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
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This cemetery was historical place about May 18th Korean democracy. This area was quiet and solemn, and many victims buried. The May 18th democracy movement was big meanings in Korea history, and many people fought and was dead. Because of this movement, democracy of Korea could be more free. There was good place to pay our respects to soul of victims.
Written 5 August 2019
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HPM52
Rotterdam, The Netherlands142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We came here to pay respect to a friend who is buried here in 2016 in the row with heroes from May 18th. They were all fighters for freedom and democracy in their country, for which we all should have the deepest respect.
Written 7 May 2019
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Jeremy R
Fayetteville, NC10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I meant to visit the May 18th Mueseum park in the middle of downtown Gwangju and told the cab driver (in worse than broken Korean) that I wanted to go to the memorial. I noticed that we were driving out of city towards the hills surrounding Gwangju and knew that my Korean skills had got me in another accidental journey. Once we arrived, I was amazed at the sculptured murals, statues and memorial. The gravesites were all marked with photos of the entombed. It was moving. The only thing I regret is that I spent ₩50,000 on roundtrip cab fare instead of getting on a tour bus. I'm sure it would have been cheaper, but I'm still glad I went!
Written 12 February 2019
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pchu
Brisbane, Australia315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
A well done facility. The English video is not to be missed. Not all exhibits are bilingual but there are enough English for foreign visitors to understand what had happened.

We spent may be 2 hours in the museum including watching the video. The outdoor ground is nicely done and worth a walk for half an hour. The national cemetery across the road looks very calm and quiet and well maintained, but we visited in a down pouring raining day so we didn't go there.

Bus 518 circles round the city before heading to the cemetery / museum, it takes almost an hour if you get on from U Square. Getting on the bus outside Gwangju train station will take a little less time on the bus.

When getting off from the cemetery park bus stop, the museum complex is on the same side of the road; across the road is the national cemetery. The bus heads back to the city is on the cemetery side. The bus stop doesn't display bus schedule but we found a schedule inside the photo exhibition building in the museum complex. (According to the museum map that building is a restaurant but turns out it's not, just a snack shop and photo exhibition)

The tragic end of innocent Gwangju citizens who fought for democracy makes my heart broken. There are so many similarities between the Gwangju massacre in 1980 and the June 4 massacre in Beijing in 1989.

The new democratic government in SK has been so brave to face the past injustice and held the then dictators accountable in less than 2 decades since innocent people killed or injuried by the gun firing army.

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the June 4 massacre, very unfortunate for the Chinese people China is still ruled by an authoritarian regime suppressing even the most basic human right.
Written 28 August 2018
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Jonathan G
Leicester, UK105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
It's a different kind of visit but very worth it. It's a good reminder of Korean history or a chance to learn if you don't already know, and a reminder that in many countries people have lost their lives for the democracy we enjoy today.
If you are interested in history, you have to visit this place.
There is plenty of parking on site. We stayed about 1 hour which was enough, but could have stayed a bit longer. It's OK to visit with a baby stroller.
Written 12 April 2018
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CanadianAbroad22
Gwangju, South Korea39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
I would recommend visiting if you are staying in Gwanju for a longer period. If you are only in Gwangju for a short time, then you can probably skip this.
The May 18th event was significant to Gwangju's development and there are still many residents who lived through it. It is a good history lesson and a good way to learn about the local culture.

The monument grounds are well maintained and located outside of the city. It is a peaceful place, good to walk around and reflect. It is all outdoors, so choose a nice day to visit.

Getting there can be a challenge if you don't have a car. There are buses that go there, but no so frequently. It might be hard to catch a cab there, unless you call one or use Kakao taxi.
Written 15 September 2017
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