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[Origins of Gwangju]

Gwangju is called the "City of Light." The name of Gwangju was used for the first time in the 23rd year
(940) of the reign of King Taejo in the Goryeo Dynasty. Although the reason why the city was named this way is unknown, it is said to originate from one of the great scholars of the Goryeo Dynasty, Yi Saek, who, according to an interpretation in his book "Seokseojueonggi," named the area "Gwangjiju" or the "Village of Light."

This light refers to a bright glimmer. The idea of light is surrounded with Korea's traditional faiths, original spirits and basic philosophy.
Gwangju is the city of the sun and light. As the City of Light, its citizens look to the sun and live towards the light.
This spirit has been the driving force by which Gwangju citizens have overcome difficult times and have become a leading power in history. It has been inherited as a symbol of our spirits across society.


The design of the city's slogan, "Your Partner Gwangju," has the letters "Y" and "P," which change into the shape of people with their arms around each other's shoulders, and represent companionship and friendship. The colors reflect the previous emblem, using orange to represent light, dark green to symbolize the creation of life and an environmentally-progressive attitude, and deep blue to reflect harmony and peace among humankind. Through the spirits of light and life, the slogan shows the desire to play the role of pioneer towards true harmony and a spirit of community among regions, countries and the world.
The symbol of Gwangju takes the form of the sun and humans as the sources of light and life. It represents the aspirations for the world and the future. The circular shape represents the sun while the lively curves symbolize the free human spirit.
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The logo is in perfect harmony with the symbol of Gwangju and serves as an important element in symbolizing the city of Gwangju. The logo was designed to be easily understood and convey the dependability, friendliness, warmth and security of the city government administration.
The colors symbolize light and life, standing as a symbol for luminance, expansion and force. The colors of orange and yellow symbolize light, while dark green symbolizes life and the creation of all living things. The color orange, in harmony with navy blue, represents the purpose of life, in accordance with the harmony of Yin and Yang, and the cycle of nature.
Characters Characters
The characters of Gwangju are based on the concept of Gwangju as "the City of Light." The three fairies of light, Areumi, Euiromi and Masi, who were born on January 1, 2000, personify the virtues of art, righteousness and refinement, respectively. When united, they produce shining beams of light that represent eternal life and reflect the desire of Gwangju's citizens to light up the world in the 21st Century.
City Bird: Dove
As a symbol of peace and good luck, the dove represents the city's spirit of harmony and stability.
City Flower: Royal Azaleas
Royal azaleas grow on Mudeung Mountain, symbolizing the hospitality and generosity of Gwangju citizens.
City Tree: Gingko Tree
The gingko is straight and long-lived, representing the high spirits and infinite growth of Gwangju.  

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