Seoul, the national capital, is situated 170 miles (274 kilometers) north of Gwangju, while Jeju Island is 120 miles (193 kilometers) to the south.
If you are into nature, head to Naejangsan National Park and Mudeungsan Provincial Park, two protected habitats where people often come to escape the city. These two natural havens are attractive places to get out and enjoy the local flora and fauna.
The Gwangju National Museum is an inspirational escape for lovers of learning in Gwangju. Admire the building and grounds, lose yourself in the exhibits, then ask for tips from the locals to discover some of the more niche museums in the area.
To get inspired, go and see the Gwangju Art and Culture Center, one of the most popular museums in Gwangju. Even if you are only casually interested in art, head here to relax and learn about art history.