The Conference Venue
KDJ Convention Center
Conference Reception Hotel / Official Accommodation Hotel
Ramada Plaza Gwangju Hotel
Hub City of the Southwestern Region of Korea
- All conference activities, including registration, will take place at the Kim-Dae-Jung Convention Center
- Website: http://www.kdjcenter.or.kr/eng/
- Address : KDJCENTER, 151 Sangmoo-Pyeonghwagil, Seo-gu, Gwangju, KOREA
- Tel : +82-62-611-2000
- Fax : +82-62-611-2009
City of Patriotism
- Gwangju is the leading city of the Honam region, with the entire nation within a day's reach.
The emerging importance of Korea's western coastline and the government's effort to balance growth
across the nation have triggered large-scale urban development projects such as the construction
of the Gwangju hi-tech industrial complex, transformation of Gwangju into a center of production,
and improvement of housing and leisure facilities. Such support will boost Gwangju's status
as the hub of Korea's southwest region.
City of Culture and the Arts
- During the seven-year-long Japanese invasion of Korea beginning in 1592, Gwangju successfully
defended itself against the invaders. Such a tradition, where citizens fought bravely during our nation's
crises, has continued throughout history. Citizens sacrificed their lives during the Japanese invasion
in 1592, fought against the colonialist Japanese rule in the early 1900's, and again lost many lives during
the May 1980 democratic movement in defense of justice, democracy, human rights and freedom.
Gwangju is campaigning to designate May 18 as a national holiday, and completing the effort to designate
the May 18 Cemetery as a shrine in homage to the lives sacrificed, to continue its tradition of defending
democracy, and to establish its position as part of the democratic history of the world.
Traditional City of Education
- Gwangju has long been regarded as a city rich in culture and the arts. It has produced numerous
scholars renowned for their scholarship and virtue. Gwangju is also where the Southern School of Chinese
Painting, or Namjonghwa, as well as pansori, a traditional Korean singing genre, originated. The level of
artistic sophistication is higher than most any other region, with a large proportion of the population
involved in the arts field. The humble nature of the people who do not pursue worldly gain has enabled
legions of people to enjoy art, dance and music over the years. The Gwangju Biennale, an international
arts festival first held in 1995 and taking place every two years, has expanded Gwangju's worldwide
reputation as a city of art.
- The home of numerous renowned scholars, Gwangju has 584 schools, consisting of 235 kindergartens,
136 elementary schools, 79 middle schools, 61 high schools, 7 junior colleges, 9 universities, 49 graduate
schools, and 8 others (as of April 1, 2005) with a total of 415,774 students, or 29.5% of the total city
population. The average number of students per household (0.86) reflects the city's characteristic as
the home of education.