Spotlight: Gwangju 5/18 National Cemetery

By Britton Inglehart

Many people probably don’t think a casual visit to a cemetery is something that they would do on a day off. However, it is something worth doing as it is a beautifully laid out cemetery and does bring light to the Democratic Uprising that Gwangju faced in 1980.
To get there you need one bus, the 518 and head to the stop, 국립5.18민주묘지. From there it is a short walk up to the park. Once there you’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and you will receive postcards as well as a brochure about the cemetery. You can opt to tour alone or to you can sign up for a tour that will take you around.
I’ve seen a couple of different cemeteries and each pale in comparison to this one’s history. Usually cemeteries are a huge variety of gravestones that hold different, individual stories. Here is a consolidation of one big collective, dest

Gwangju 5.18 National Cemetery/Britton Inglehart

ructive, yet hopeful story. The cemetery itself is grand and powerful. Although, the true power of the cemetery is in the museum where you can walk through a play by play of the events and watch different videos of the democratic uprising that happened 32 years ago. As horrible as it is powerful to watch the different videos of what happened, I can’t help but feel a greater appreciation to the older generation that I see while I walk around. I highly recommend a visit.

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