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40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

By Habib Toumi During my first visit to South Korea in 2019, I had the chance to discover several beautiful cities, amazing edifices, attractive sites and breathtaking landscapes. From mountains to seas, from simple temples to complex structures, from sophisticated areas to natural attractions, the country featured a multitude of features that made the trip […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Remains of 40 people discovered at former prison site in South Korea’s Gwangju

Gwangju: The remains of about 40 people have been discovered at the site of a former prison in the southwestern city of Gwangju, the government said Friday, with some claiming that they may belong to victims of crackdowns during the pro-democracy movement in the 1980s. The remains were uncovered Thursday when the government undertook work […]

(Gwangju Swimming) Closing ceremony to feature wonders of Korean four seasons

(Gwangju Swimming) Closing ceremony to feature wonders of Korean four seasons

The closing ceremony of the FINA World Championships Gwangju 2019 will take place in the southwestern metropolitan city Sunday featuring the region’s seasonal wonders in various forms, organizers said. The closing ceremony, wrapping up the 17-day global aquatics festival that opened in Gwangju on July 12, will consist of two parts — a one-hour cultural […]

2020 Gwangju Biennale to shed light on past, future of human intelligence

2020 Gwangju Biennale to shed light on past, future of human intelligence

Next year’s Gwangju Biennale art show in the namesake southern South Korean city will explore the subject matter of human intelligence by shedding light on very primitive to cutting-edge forms of art, the event’s artistic directors said Thursday. The artistic directors — Natasha Ginwala and Defne Ayas — were named in March by the Gwangju […]

Gwangju and the exhilarating dive into peace

Gwangju and the exhilarating dive into peace

By Habib Toumi In two days, the eyes of the world will be riveted on Gwangju, the “City of Peace” in South Korea that will be the gracious and graceful host of the Fédération Internationale de natation FINA World Championships. The championship will include six highly competitive aquatic sports – Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Artistic […]

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Looking for needle in Gwangju Biennale’s haystack

Gwangju Biennale explores border issues in scattergun approach Under the theme “Imagined Borders,” derived from Benedict Anderson’s book “Imagined Communities,” the 2018 Gwangju Biennale deals with imminent issues such as refugees, migration, cold war, divisions and the digital divide. For this year’s Gwangju Biennale, 11 curators organized seven main exhibitions with some 300 works of […]

Gwangju’s Asian Cultural Complex provides free tours

Gwangju’s Asian Cultural Complex provides free tours

Gwangju’s Asian Cultural Complex, the biggest cultural center in Asia, announced on Monday 21st December that they’ve made a timetable of three daily tours to make visitors experience the center more widely. Asian Cultural Complex is a governmental project that was opened last month in Gwangju to be a cultural hub of Asia. According to the […]

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