Wednesday, August 22, 2007



Congratulations on being selected as a participant for The 2007 Gwangju Human Rights Folk School. We look forward to meeting you here in Gwangju.

This document is a little preparatory kit to help ensure that everyone is well-prepared for the folk school. In the midst of the hectic schedules that everyone has, there’s bound to be certain things that are forgotten. To minimize the possibility of that happening, we’ve come up with a little advisory. Hope it’s useful.


1. Pre-departure

a) VISA. Please check with your local Republic of Korea Embassy if you would need a visa to enter the country.

b) Please attach the official invitation from the Foundation alongside your visa application form. Expenses for visa applications shall be borne by the applicant themselves.

c) Air ticket. The May 18 Memorial Foundation will cover the costs of an economy class round-trip air ticket for the participants. Participants are advised to purchase their own flight tickets first. Please book a ticket to The Incheon International Airport in Seoul.You will be reimbursed for your round-trip air tickets during the folk school. Please be advised that you should plan your arrival for the 2nd September 2007 and your departure for the 15th September 2007 (middle and junior level).

d) Departure Checklist :

- Passport and Korean Visa

- Air-ticket

- A certain amount of cash in either South Korean won or US dollars for your

travel to Gwangju

e) Participants are advised to inform us of their flight schedules as soon as possible so that the necessary arrangements can be made to receive them in Gwangju.

2. Arrival in Korea

a) Incheon International Airport -Passport and Immigration Control. To receive official permission to enter the Republic of Korea you will need the following documents: (Do not forget to carry all these documents in your hand luggage!)

- Your valid international passport, containing your visa (if applicable)

- Your Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School invitation letter

If you did not obtain your visa before your departure from your home country, the immigration officer at the airport may refuse your entry.

b) Customs. After passing through immigration, you will collect your luggage from the Baggage Claim area and proceed to the Customs area. If you have goods to declare, fill out a Customs Declaration form; if you have no goods to declare, you must still go through Customs and notify the Customs officer that you have nothing to declare.

c) Money Exchange. If you don’t have Korean won have your money changed in any of the money

Exchange counter at the airport. Be sure to have at least 50,000.00 won exchanged to pay for your bus ticket and meal on the way. Have some coins as well to make a call to us before leaving the airport.

d) Make a call. Before you leave the Incheon International Airport for Gwangju, please telephone and inform the May 18 Memorial Foundation of your arrival time in Gwangju. Volunteers from the Foundation will be on hand to welcome you at the bus station and escort you to your accommodation.

3) Journey to Gwangju

Different modes of transportation are available from Incheon International Airport to Gwangju, in Jeollanam-do Province. The express bus from Incheon International Airport to Gwangju Bus Terminal is highly recommended for your convenience. Please be advised there is another city in Korea also named Gwangju. Make sure you are going to the one in Jeollanam-do Province.

Bus Trip. Buses run directly from the Incheon International airport to the city of Gwangju. In the case that you take a bus to Gwangju from Incheon International Airport, you will need to have on hand approximately 35,000 Korean won (about US$35). The bus trip to Gwangju takes approximately four-and-a-half hours.

* For more detailed information on the arrival procedure, please refer to Incheon International Airport website:

You can get information on buses to Gwangju and purchase the bus ticket at the Transportation Information Counter on the arrival floor of the airport passenger terminal. After buying your ticket, proceed to Bus Stop No.9C for the bus to Gwangju.


Airport - Gwangju Express Bus Terminal



Bus type

Limousine (Deluxe)



Travelling Time

240 min




Gwangju Express Bus Terminal





Gwangju Express Bus Terminal



KRW 30,900 (deluxe)/ 34,000(midnight)

Vendor Name

Kumho Express



Time line of departing Buses

(From Airport)06:10,50 07:50 08:50 09:20 10:20,50 11:50 12:50 13:20 14:20 15:20,50 16:50 17:50 18:50 19:20 20:20 21:20 (midnight 22:00,40)


Below is a checklist of things that participants would need to bring when they attend the folk school.

1. Sufficient Clothes for their 2-week stay. (Please take note that there might be some formal occasions where formal attire would be required. Participants are advised to bring a set of formal attire)

2. National Costume – participants are requested to bring a set of their national/traditional costume. This will be used on graduation day.


The food (mainly Korean dishes) and lodging of the participants will be taken care of by the foundation for the duration of the folk school.

The foundation will not be covering the local transportation expenses of participants (the journey from The Incheon International Airport to Gwangju). However, participants will be given an allowance during the folkschool.


Should you encounter any problems during your journey here, please contact :

Mr. Sang Seon Kim (Chris)

Assistant Director, International Cooperation Team

Mobile: +82 10 8000 8052 (international)

010 8000 8052 (local)


Mr. Pete Rahon

Staff, International Cooperation Team

Mobile: +82 10 24830528 (international)

010 24830528 (local)

Contact Address

The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu Sangmudong 1268
Gwangju City

Post Code 502-260
Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518
Fax. +82 62 456 0519

If you have any further suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to mail us at

We would be most willing to clarify any doubts you might have.

Looking forward to meeting you in Gwangju.

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