Introduction of Gwangju Metropolitan City

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Gwangju Metropolitan City is the center city of economy and culture in the south west of Korea bordered on China with Yellow Sea. Representative industries are photonics industry, home appliance industry and automotive industry, etc.

The name of Gwangju itself means the 'a city of light'. It has been called because it is the region where the light shines well from long time ago, and as the amount of solar radiation was measure by 5,394 kcal/m3·day, it has been evaluated as optimal region for solar power utilization by having 21% than the nation-wide average of 4,441 kcal/m3·day in the solar radiation investigation conducted by Korea Institute of Energy Research for the major cities

A city that represents Southwest of Korea,Land size : 501.36㎢, Population : 1.42million (one of 5 mayor cities in Korea) / Economically active population (6.59 million)

Characteristics of Gwangju

Gwangju is the base region formed the center of administration, military, economy, society, and culture of the Honam Region, from long time ago, and has consolidated the center of Honam economic bloc.

It has area of 501.25m2 and 1468000 population as of end of 2010, and bordered on Damyang-Gun to the northeast, on Janseong-Gun to the north, on Hampyeong-Gun to the west, on Naju City to the south, and on Hwasun-Gun to the southeast. It is the 5th largest city followed by Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Incheon, and the largest one in Honam region. Administrative districts are composed of 5 autonomous areas and 92 administrative Dongs, and particularly, is conveniently located for military, administration, and trade as it is located between the mountainous area and the wide plain

Climate of Gwangju

In Gwangju region, it demonstrated the characteristics of Honam west coastline, where the snowfall occurs frequently by the westerly wind and northwesterly wind in the winter, and hot weather are presented in the summer. It shows 13.5℃ of mean annual temperature, 1,368mm of precipitation, and 72% of humidity.

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