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Gwangju City

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History

Paleolithic Era - Joseon Dynasty

Paleolithic Era - Joseon Dynasty
6 B.C. (13th year of the reign of Baekje King Onjo)
The capital was moved from Wirye Castle (today's Seoul) to Chungung-ri Seobu-myeon (today's Hanam City) and was called 『Hanam-Wirye Castle』.
370
The capital of Baekje for 376 years, from the 25th year of the reign of King Geunchogo
940 (23rd year of the reign of Goryeo King Taejo)
Renamed "Gwangju," as it is called today.
983 (2nd year of the reign of Goryeo King Seongjong)
Gwangju-mok was founded in the 2nd year of the reign of Goryeo King Seongjong.
1577 (10th year of the reign of Kong Seonjo)
Promoted to Gwangju-bu (23 myeons): Gyeongan, Opo, Docheok, Silchon, Chowol, Toechon, Chobu, Dongbu, Seobu, Gucheon, Jungdae, Sechon, Dolma, Naksaeng, Daewang, Eonju, Wangryun, Iryong, Wolgok, Bukbang, Songdong, Seonggwan, Uigok
1626 (4th year of the reign of King Injo)
Fortificate Namhansanseong Fortress
1907 (44th year of the reign of Joseon King Gojong)
Became a gun, with its local office at Sanseong-ri Jungbu-myeon

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1910s-1960s

1910s-1960s
1914
Uigok-myeon and Wangryun-myeon were merged into Suwon-myeon and accepted Namjong-myeon Yangpyeong-gun (16 myeons).
Dec. 1917
The local office was moved from Sanseong-myeon, Jungbu-myeon to Gyeongan-ri, Gwangju.
Jan. 11, 1963
Five ri's of Gucheon-myeon, Jungdae-myeon, Eonju-myeon, and Daewang-myeon (Ilwon, Suseo, Jagok, Yulhyeon, and Segok) were transferred to Seoul.

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1970s-1990s

1970s-1990s
July 1, 1973
Some parts of Daewang-myeon, Naksaeng-myeon, Dolma-myeon, and Jungbu-myeon (6 ri's) were transferred to Seongnam.
May 1, 1979
Gwangju-myeon was promoted to Gwangju-eup.
Jan. 1, 1989
Some parts of Dongbu-eup, Seobu-myeon, and Jungbu-myeon were transferred to Hanam.

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2000-present

2000-present
Mar. 21, 2001
  • Gwangju-gun was promoted to Gwangju City.
  • Gwangju-eup was divided into Gyeongan-dong, Songjeong-dong, and Gwangnam-dong.
  • Opo-myeon was promoted to Opo-eup.
June 21, 2004
Chowol-myeon and Silchon-myeon were promoted to Chowol-eup and Silchon-eup.
May 4, 2009
Gwangju's new government office opened at 50 Haengjeongtown-ro.
June 21, 2011
Silchon-eup changed its name to Gonjiam-eup.
Oct. 16, 2015
Jungbu-myeon changed its name to Namhansanseong-myeon.
Dec. 1, 2020
Gyeongan-dong -> separated into Gyeongan-dong and Ssangnyeong-dong.
Songjeong-dong -> separated into Songjeong-dong and Tanbeol-dong.
Gwangnam-dong -> separated into Gwangnam 1-dong and Gwangnam 2-dong.

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