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Gwangju

Kwangchu
Administration
Full nameGwangju
Official nameGwangju Metropolitan City
Native name광주
光州
Native name langko
Settlement typeMetropolitan City
CountrySouth Korea
RegionHonam
Government
MayorKang Un-tae
Geography
Total Area193.5 sq mi (501.36 km2)
Demography
Total Population1415953 (2006)
Density (pop.)2824|parts_type=Districts/km2 (7314.2/sq mi)
DialectJeolla
Other information
FlowerRoyal Azalea
TreeGinkgo
BirdDove

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Gwangju (officially known as Gwangju Metropolitan City; -kokwaŋdʑu) is the sixth largest city in South Korea. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005.

Gwang (광, hanja 光) means "light" and Ju (주, hanja 州) means "province."


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