Day 1: Exploring Gwangju

Highlights of Day 1:

  1. Penguin Village (Gwangju)
  2. Soswaewon Garden (Damyang)
  3. Pyeongchon Craft House
  4. 1913 Songjeong Station Market (Gwangju)



When I saw this on our itinerary, I was so curious about this place. I wonder if there is real penguin in the village. I searched on google but I couldn’t find alot of information. Then, I searched it up on Naver, and Tadah!! I found some information about this Penguin Village.

First, there is NO real penguin in the village. There are many penguins painted on the wall though. Haha! Anyways, so the reason why this village is called penguin village, is because the back view of the elderly people in this village looks like penguin when they walk. (well, you gotta follow them behind and check them out by yourself, ok? ^^)



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Penguin Village (펭귄마을) is located in Yanglim-dong, Gwangju (광주).


*From Seoul to Gwangju :
Take train from Yongsan station to Gwangju / Gwangju Songjeong Station (광주송정) (around 3+hours) or take the intercity bus.

**Getting here:
Take Gwangju subway line 1 to Nam-gwangju station (남관주역), then take taxi to Penguin Village.



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This place looks like Arashiyama in Kyoto!!


Beautiful Autumn


Operating Hours
March, April, September, October 09:00 ~ 18:00
May – August 09:00 ~ 19:00
November – February 09:00 ~ 17:00

Admission Fees
Adults – 2,000 won

Getting here
From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take Bus #2-1 or #2-4 to Soswaewon (소쇄원) bus stop

For more info, check out



This 103-year-old market is located (very) near Gwangju Songjeong Station.It is just 5 mins walk! You can find many delicious food stalls and small restaurants on this street. If you ever go to Gwangju, do not miss out this place! Here is the best place for you to have dinner. 🙂