Gwangju Metro
LocaleGwangju, South Korea
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines1
Number of stations20
Began operation28 April 2004
Operator(s)Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation
System length20.1 km (12.5 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
System map

Gwangju Metro
Revised RomanizationGwangju Dosi Cheoldo
McCune–ReischauerKwangchu Tosi Ch'ŏldo

Gwangju Metro (Korean광주 도시철도; Hanja光州都市鐵道) is the rapid transit system of Gwangju, South Korea, operated by the Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (GRTC, or Gwangju Metro). The subway network first opened in 2004 with 14 stations. The Gwangju Metro consists of one line, serving 20 operational stations, and operating on 20.1 kilometres (12.5 mi) of route.[citation needed] It crosses both of the major rivers in Gwangju, the Yeongsan River and the Hwangryong River. Most of the system is underground, except for the sections between Sotae-Nokdong and Pyeongdong-Dosan.



Line Name
Line Name
Starting Station(s)
Ending Station(s)
Total Length
in km
     Line 1 1호선 Nokdong Pyeongdong 20 20.6

Line 1

Main article: Gwangju Metro Line 1

As of 2021 Line 1 consists of twenty stations. Most trains run between Pyeongdong and Sotae, with about one train per hour continuing towards Nokdong.[1]

Line 2

Line 2 (ko) of the subway is under construction as of 2021. It is scheduled to open in three phases between 2023 and 2025.[2][3][4]

Expansions and plans

Plan to extend Line 1

The Gwangju City Government has a plan to extend the current Line 1 eastward to Hwasun and westward to Naju. Recently, the Presidential Committee on Balanced National Development promised to include the Line 1 extension in its '5+2 extensive economic zone' project.[5]

Planned lines

Line 2 was originally planned as a circle line, but the Gwangju City Government also considered a 'South-North type' as well. After the results of a public hearing conducted in 2019 construction started as originally planned, with the first section of the line being scheduled to open in 2023. Phases 2 and 3 are scheduled to open in 2024 and 2025, respectively.[6]

Network Map

See also


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  2. ^ 김수현 (19 June 2019). "광주도시철도 2호선 1단계, 2023년 개통". Chosun Biz (in Korean). Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  3. ^ "광주도시철도 2호선 8월 착공…2023년 개통". Hankyung (in Korean). 19 June 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ 김재선 (4 September 2019). "광주지하철 2호선 착공] 17년 논란 끝…순환선 2024년 개통". YNA News (in Korean). Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Seoul Newspaper:Presidential Committee on Balanced National Development accepted Gwangju's new proposal of 5+2 project". Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  6. ^ "Gwangju Subway Line 2, two alternatives". Retrieved 2009-02-06.