I'd heard a fair bit about how Gwangju was supporting the pro-democracy activists in Myanmar, which made quite a lot of sense. Sure enough, this big sign was right there in front of the iconic fountain. I hadn't noticed at the time since I wasn't oriented, but that's the newly renovated Jeonil Building in the background.
I decided to stay at the Bentley, which overlooks the abandoned Red Cross Hospital. Isaiah mentioned there were also other abandonments nearby. Sure enough, they gave me a hotel room with a view looking directly out on that (it turned out to be the Outback Steakhouse or VIPs or something I'd shopdumped at on a previous visit).
There was a roof surface out my window, so I climbed out and took some pictures.
The hospital is somewhat visible here, sort of behind those trees.
Then I found out the window had automatically locked behind me, trapping me on the roof. And someone had pissed in that puddle (don't ask me how I know). So I had to call the front desk to rescue me. They did without too many awkward questions. I was trapped outside for about the duration of this UE Kingz music video.
Here's a closer look at the TGI Friday or Bennigan's or whatever. I had a lot of bags with me and didn't really feel like looking closer unfortunately.
There's the Jeonil Building.
I had found that abandonment right next to the GIC on a previous visit.
An ominous parking garage entrance.
Here's the bullet hole room in the Jeonil Building. There was a mirror placed on the window, so the pockmarked surface pictured is the outward-facing side of a concrete pillar.
This was a huge two-storey display showing the area. There was also an animated film showing the Gwangju Massacre and this particular helicopter attack on the screen to the right (not this one -- it was a little more retro-looking).
Here's a view overlooking the plaza and the ACC.
A view of the density of the area. I think I spotted a building undergoing renovation maybe.
A look toward the hill with the observation tower a friend climbed when it was under construction.
I went to Nirvana for their brunch, which cost 10,000 won and was much better than anything else I can remember getting in Seoul. The red thing was a pepper stuffed with cream cheese.
Here's a side view of that Myanmar sign seen in the first photo.
I noted they still had this display in the lobby of Jeonil. On my last visit I think we asked if it wold be preserved and got an ambivalent answer, but can't remember really clearly now.
Here's how the lobby looks now, complete with pandemic measures.
I stopped by the abandoned colatheque. Looks like some Ancient Aliens motif.
Looking back the other direction.
I saw this ad when I got back to Seoul. It was after midnight and too late to catch another train back down the way I'd come, so I guess I missed out. Oh well.
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