Jeollanam Province & Gwangju, South Korea
Jeollanam Province (South Jeolla or Jeollanam-do 전라남도) is located in the south west
corner of South Korea and is bordered by water to both the west and south (the Yellow Sea
on the west, and the Jeju Strait on the south). Weather here is the warmest on the Korean
peninsula, however it can be wetter than other areas. Good news for the multitude of
farmers who live in this province, as their crops are plentiful here.
The coastline is dotted with around 2,000 islands, and these make for beautiful and
relaxed summer day trips and vacations. The area is also known for its marine national
parks and delicious seafood.
The Provincial Capital of South Jeolla can be found in Muan County, and cities in this province
include Mokpo, Yeosu, Suncheon, Gwangyang and Naju. Tourism here has suddenly begun to rise, due
to the first Korean Formula One Race Track being built in Yeongam County, just outside of Mokpo.
Mokpo itself is also a popular base from which to explore some of the gorgeous islands in the area,
due to its ferry terminals servicing many desirable destinations frequently. The Boseong terraced
tea fields are another stunning and much loved tourist destination in the province – rivaling those
(more famously) found in China.
Despite it technically being separately administered, we’ve also included the Metropolitan City
of Gwangju in this section, for ease of use of the site, and due to its geographical location.
Gwangju is South Korea’s sixth largest city, and the former capital of Jeollanam-do. It’s position
on the KTX (high speed railway) line makes it extremely accessible, as does its large network of buses.
There are two airports nearby also – Gwangju airport and Muan airport. The city is known for its
emphasis on the arts, and the place is full of art galleries, museums and exhibitions.