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Kwangju, South Korea

Gwangju, 광주 광역시

Last modified: 2006-02-18 by phil nelson
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Current flag

The symbol of the city has changed.

Unfortunately, I could not find when the symbol was changed. but the flag flys in my city with this new symbol.

The symbol of Gwangju takes the form of the sun and humans, the source of light and life, representing the aspiration for the world and the future, as well as the pioneering spirit of Gwangju, which literally means "village of light," or Bitgoeul. The circular shape represents the sun while the delightful curves symbolize the free human spirit.

See the city website.
unattributed, 4 January 2006

Former flag

[Flag of Kwangju] image by Jaume Ollé

The symbol (seen on the flag) stands for the Chinese character of Kwangju. The 8 figures colored blue means the town of light, which brings together the energies from all directions and extends lights changed from the energies into the whole nation. It also represents the capital city of the southwestern region of Korea.
Kwangju web site


  • Buk-gu / 북구
  • Dong-gu / 동구
  • Gwangsan-gu / 광산구
  • Nam-gu / 남구
  • Seo-gu / 서구