Gwangju is the sixth-largest city in South Korea. It is a designated metropolitan city under the direct control of the central government's Home Minister. The city was also the capital of South Jeolla Province until the provincial office moved to the southern village of Namak in Muan County in 2005.
Its name is composed of the words Gwang (Hangul: 광; Hanja: 光) meaning "light" and Ju (주; 州) meaning "province." Gwangju was historically recorded as Muju (무주; 武州), in which "Silla merged all of the land to establish the provinces of Gwangju, Ungju, Jeonju, Muju and various counties, plus the southern boundary of Goguryeo and the ancient territories of Silla" in the Samguk Sagi. In the heart of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.
Open Water Swimming
- It was site of the 2015 World University Games (or The Universiade).
- It is site of the 2019 FINA World Championships that serves as the first qualification race for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games 10 km marathon swim.
- International Conference on Open Water Swimming and Racing Techniques in Tokyo
- Ana Marcela Cunha Finishes With Another World Title
- Axel Reymond Sprints To His Second World Title
- Ana Marcela Cunha Named 2019 Women’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year
- Florian Wellbrock Named 2019 Men’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year
- 2019 FINA World Championships In Gwangju
- Marathoning In Miami, Racing For The Olympics
- FINA World Championships 10 km Women’s Start List – 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifier