geographical name \ˈgwäŋ-(ˌ)jü\

Definition of KWANGJU

city SW S. Korea pop 1,350,948

Variants of KWANGJU

Kwang·ju or Gwang·ju \ˈgwäŋ-(ˌ)jü\


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2003 est.: 1,401,525), southwestern South Korea, capital of South Cholla province. It occupies an area of 193 sq mi (501 sq km) and constitutes a metropolitan city (province) by itself. It has been a centre of trade and local administration since the Three Kingdoms (57 BC); its modern industrial development began with a railway connection to Seoul in 1914. Kwangju was the site of an armed uprising between civilians and the government in 1980. It is the seat of Choson University (founded 1946).


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