Sleeping in Airports

Gwangju Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Gwangju Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

KWJ Airport Overview

gwangju airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what to expect during your time at Gwangju Airport.

What to Expect

Gwangju Airport (Code: KWJ) consists of a single, busy terminal, with flight that connect travellers to two other Korean destinations. The airport is scheduled to close in the future once the newer Muan International Airport grows. Until then, airport amenities include a small selection of shops, dining options and free WiFi to help pass the time.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.  For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel near the airport, though it doesn’t provide an airport shuttle. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

airport hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in Gwangju Airport does not appeal to you, the nearest hotel is Holiday Inn Gwangju. There are additional hotels about 15 to 20 minutes away in the city center.

  • Holiday Inn Gwangju – Less than 4 minutes from the airport. Airport shuttle is available upon request, 65,000 KRW each way, price is based per vehicle not per person, best to find other travelers to share the costs. » Check Rates
  • Ramada Plaza Gwangju – 10 minutes from the airport. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Gwangju Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

At the time of this update there were no pay-per-use lounges.  If this is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.

wifiAirport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available in the airport. In addition, an internet lounge is located on 1F, but information on details and rates is currently unavailable.

airport infoMore Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: 1st Floor.

Art Galleries – There is an art exhibit located on the second floor.

Baby Care Facilities – Nursing and maternity lounges are available in the airport. To find the Maternity Lounge, take the central escalator from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor, make a U-turn to the right and walk to the front of the Departure area. Changing table, sofa, sink, and more, are available in the Nursing room, located on the east side of the 2nd floor, between Domestic Departures and the airport art gallery.

Currency Exchange – Yes.

Disabled Services – There are lifts connecting both floors.

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available throughout the airport free of charge.

Duty Free & Shopping – There is no duty free shopping options are available. There is however a few small shops are available.

Family Services – A “Priority Search Stand” is available to help travelers with children breeze through security. Priority boarding for travelers with children is also available. Ask boarding gate staff for details.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open roughly between 9:00AM – 7:00PM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. A GS25 Convenience Store is available in Terminal 2 selling snacks and other convenience items.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, there is an information desk located on the first floor near the escalator. Hours: 8:00AM – last flight departure/arrival.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile phones free of charge. Locations: unknown.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Area – Available on the second floor.

airport hoursAirport Hours

Overnight stays are not permitted at this airport. As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Gwangju airport is served by the following airlines: Jeju Airlines • Korean Airlines • JinAir • T’way Air • Asiana Airlines.

transportationAirport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies have offices onsite: Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National. Dearman serves the airport in a nearby offsite center.

Public Transportation

  • Bus: The airport offers a few options (city bus, express bus, etc.) for connections to the city centre and more. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Gwangju Airport website.
  • Subway: The Green subway line directly connects the airport with the city more broadly. The full route travels between Pyeongdang and Makdong. During rush hour trains arrive every 5 minutes, in off peak hours, every 8 minutes.


A taxi stand is located in front of the passenger terminal. Here, you can pick up both deluxe and regular taxis for flat rates.

Last updated: 2020-03-06

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.