Stunning pink blossom in Gwangyang

Gwangyang Tours and Travels

About Gwangyang

Situated in the south of the country, Gwangyang is home to a major steel works and a local football team – the Jeonnam Dragons. Throughout the year it hosts a number of festivals including the International Maehwa Festival, which takes place in March. This free festival features a selection of traditional music and dance performances. The festival is hosted at this time of year due to the blossom from the Japanese Apricot Flower which blooms in early spring, speckling the landscape with splashes of pink and making for some beautiful scenery.

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This year, the calendar of events for the festival is choc-a-bloc full of excitement. Every day, throughout the 9-day festival, there will be different performers taking to the stage to showcase their talents. Choirs will fill the air with music, while artisans will exhibit their apricot blossom creations. There will also be a pansori competition, the finale of which will be held on the last day of the festival. Pansori is a traditional musical form where one vocalist will tell a story through the medium of song, accompanied by a drummer.

Gwangyang has seen a surge of development over the past decade or so thanks to its status as a Free Economic Zone. This term signifies that companies that operate in this area will not be taxed in order to encourage economic activity. The one in Gwangyang Bay will focus on steel production and shipbuilding primarily. Not usually frequented by tourists, Gwangyang offers travellers a great opportunity to see a typical Korean city in action, without any of the pomp that usually accompanies the more well known destinations.

Gwangyang Tours

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Gwangyang Hotels

If you are planning a Gwangyang holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Gwangyang Hotel Philemo Gwangyang

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located within close proximity of Posco's Gwangyang steel works, the Gwangyang Hotel Philemo is an excellent base for travellers in town for both business and leisure. Guestrooms are spacious and decorated with neutral colours and all come with modern en suite facilities and plush furnishings. The onsite restaurant offers guests a range of sumptuous dishes from around the world and there is a park nearby where visitors can take a stroll during their free time. Business facilities are also available for guests.

Gwangyang Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Gwangyang.

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