Gwangju in History

South Korea: Busan - Daegu - Daejeon - Incheon - Seoul

Historical Events

  • 1980-05-18 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms
  • 1980-05-27 The Gwangju Massacre: South Korean airborne and army troops retake city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 possibly many more

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2019-07-24 19-year-old Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milák breaks Michael Phelps' 10 year old 200m butterfly world record at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; swims 1:50.73, 0.78s faster than Phelps

  • 2019-07-27 American swimmer Caleb Dressel wins 3 gold medals in one day at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea; 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4×100m freestyle relay (WR 3:19.40)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1984-06-29 Han Ji-hye, South Korean actress and model, born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • 1988-03-01 Yang Hyeon-jong, South Korean baseball pitcher (Korean Series 2009, 2017 [MVP]; KBO MVP 2017; KIA Tigers) born in Gwangju, South Korea
  • 1994-02-18 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,