Gwangju is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, southeast of Seoul. The city is not to be confused with the much larger Gwangju Metropolitan City, former capital of South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The city also shares the same Hanja (Chinese characters) name as the mainland Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Bunwon-ri in Gwangju took an important role of ceramic production during the Joseon dynasty. There had official kilns and produced superb quality of white porcelains for use at the royal court and to export to China.
In 1962, 4 myuns(towns) including 5 ris(townships) were incorporated to Seoul.
In 1973, 6 of ris were separated and these came to parts of Seongnam city. In 1979, gwangju myun promoted eup. In fact, Gwangju was county but raised the status of itself as a city in 2001. 
- ↑ John Onians (2004). Atlas of World Art. Laurence King Publishing. p. 205p. ISBN 1856693775. "Government-sponsored kilns at punwon-ri, near Seoul, produced an exquisite and distinctive Joseon white porcelain for use at court and for export to China. Its undecorated cream-colored surfaces, and austere elegant shapes were thought to reflect a purity of mind and moral character appropriate for Neo-Confucian patrons."
- ↑ Law concerning Seoul metropolitan city, provinces, counties, districts and counties(1962. 11. 21.)
- ↑ Establishment of new cities including Hwasung.(2000. 12. 20.)
Coordinates: 37°22′N 127°17′E / 37.367, 127.283