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Historical Cultural Sites

The people who preserved the spirit of justice

Spiritual Culture

Some sites show the living history of the people who preserved righteous spirit: May 18th National Cemetery, symbols of the South Korean democracy movement, and Cheonjedan Altar where ancestors performed celestial god worship rituals for the peace of the country.
May 18th National Cemetery, 5·18 Archives, Cheonjedan Altar, Jecheol Historic Site(iron making)

Hub city of Asian culture and the village of culture and arts

Culture and Arts

In Gwangju, a hub city of Asian culture, there are a number of cultural attractions such as Asia Culture Center (ACC); Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall where international contemporary arts are exhibited. The Mudeungsan area is the birthplace of the village of culture and arts and home to the cultural city, Gwangju.
Asia Culture Center, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Folk Museum, Uijae Museum and Chunseolheon, Yangrimdong Historical and Cultural Village

Pavilions and gardens with classical scholars’ spirit

Gasa(poetry) Literature

At the foot of Mudeungsan Mountain, there are pavilions and gardens where writers of Korea’s traditional poetries called “Gasa” were inspired. The Gasa literature was flourished with active creation and interchange in the 16th century, starting from the pavilions and gardens.
Korea Gasa Literature Center, Hwanbyeokdang Pavilion, Soswaewon Garden, Doksujeong Pavilion and Garden, Sigyeongjeong Pavilion, Songgangjeong Pavilion, Myeongokheon Garden, Muryeomjeong Pavilion, Pungamjeong Pavilion

Millennium Buddhist Temples indwelling the mercy of Buddha and the patriotic remains

Religious Culture

The Mudeungsan area is home to the Buddhist attractions such as the millennium-old temples like Jeungsimsa and Wonhyosa temples as well as Yaksaam and Gyubongam hermitages. In particular, Unjusa Temple located at the Hwasun area is famous for Maitreya faith and the legend of thousand Buddha stone statues and thousand stone pagodas.
Jeungsimsa Temple, Wonhyosa Temple, Yaksasa Temple, Chungjangsa Shrine Chungminsa Shrine, Gyeongyeolsa Shrine

Roots of arts and intangible cultural heritages

Traditional Culture

Gwangju Traditional Culture Center often holds various events for tourists to learn and enjoy the southern provinces’ traditions and culture. The Mudeungsan Buncheong Exhibition Center in Chunghyo-donga used to be a place where potters in the 15th and 16th century made unique Buncheong celadons with a rough surface texture using soils of the mountain such as granitic soils.
Gwangju Traditional Culture Center, Buncheongsagi, Chilseokdong Gossaum, Jindari Brush, Najeonjang, Akgijang, Namdo Pansori, Gayageum Byeongchang, Wolgyedong Janggobun, Yongdudong Dolmen Site, Gwangju Shinchangdong Archeological site

Nature in communion with citizens


In Chunghyo-dong, a village located at the foot of the mountain, there are historic trees that have been together with the villagers: red leaf willow tree which is a living witness of the village’s history, a population of Hinoki cypress known as a healing forest, and a 500- year old Mudeungsan guardian tree.
Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park, Retinispora(false cypress) Habitat, Chunghyodong Willow Tree, Mudeungsan Sacred Tree, Juknokwon Garden, Geumseongsanseong Fortress, Changpyeong Slow City(Samjinae Village)