It is the only stop for all things culinary, especially if duck is involved in the guise of the Gwangju speciality yeongyang oritang - duck stew.
Visitors are often left dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of food, particularly in the traditional meal of hanjeongsik.
Food is so important in the city that there is an annual festival in honour of gimchi - a spicy vegetable dish - in October.
And there is no better escape from the industrial parks than Mudeungsan Mountain in the city centre.
Its forest-clad slopes offer the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering stunning vistas of the region and wonderful walks.
For the more sedentary, there are the Soswoewon gardens which are representative of the mid-Joseon Dynasty.
And finally there is Unjusa, where, according to legend, the one thousand buddhas and stone pagodas were built by a buddhist monk called Doseonguksa overnight.