Going To Gwangju: Take A Photo Tour Of The 2019 World C’ships Venues

The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships are almost upon us, which means we have just a few weeks to familiarize ourselves with the various venues involved in the biggest competitive event outside of the Olympic Games.

Check out the sites of where athletes such as Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, Sun Yang, Kyle Chalmers, and Sarah Sjostrom will be vying for medals and possibly records when the World Championships officially kick off in Gwangju, Korea on Friday, July 12th.

Nambu University International Aquatics Center 

This facility will host the indoor swimming, as well as the diving competition. 11,000 seats are housed within the venue, including an estimated 8,000 temporary seats. This was the site of the 2015 Summer Universiade.

Nambu University International Aquatics Center, photo: Gwangju LOC


Nambu University International Aquatics Center, photo: Gwangju LOC

Nambu University Football Field

Water polo will also be hosted at Nambu University in a temporary pool at the Nambu University Football Field with 4,500 seats. Nambu University will be a big part of Gwangju 2019 celebrations.


Nambu University, water polo venue, photo: Gwangju LOC

Yeomju Gymnasium

Artistic swimming will be hosted in a temporary pool in Yeomju Gymnasium, with a capacity to welcome over 5000 spectators. The discipline falls in the top 3 of the ticket sales ranking.

Yeomju Gymnasium, artistic swimming venue, photo: Gwangju LOC

Yeosu Expo Ocean Park

Open Water Swimming will take place in the Yeosu Expo Ocean Park; the site for Expo 2012 Yeosu, whose theme was “The Living Ocean and Coast” and attracted more than 8 million visitors from over 100 countries.

In Korean, Yeo means “beautiful” and Su means “water”.

Yeosu Expo Ocean Park, open water venue, photo: Gwangju LOC

Chosun University

High diving will be held at The Chosun University Football Field. This venue has been selected for the breath-taking scenery of Mudeungsan Mountain National Park behind the High Diving towers.

According to the latest sales analysis, high diving holds the highest sales ticket number among the five disciplines of the FINA World Championships – 96% of the tickets have already been sold/

The competition site will have the capacity to welcome more than 3’000 spectators.


The Chosun University Football Field, high diving venue, photo: Gwangju LOC

Athletes’ Village

Gwangju 2019 organizers say, “It is our mission to provide the athletes with the highest standards and best service so that they feel at home and well rested before each of their competitions!

Our Athletes’ Village has been ingeniously planned. Our team of experts has worked tirelessly in developing the most comfortable, peaceful and pleasant environment to live in while competing! It will open its doors on July 5th.”

Athletes’ Village, photo: Gwangju LOC


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2 years ago

Can’t wait. Literally counting down the days until the swimming starts.

Reply to  Jeff
2 years ago

same here …..we will have Wugs before at least for appetizers😜

2 years ago

I’m going going, back back, to Gwangju Gwangju

2 years ago

They don’t hold back. “Ingeniously planned”

2 years ago

Gwangju is an interesting view via Google Maps. They seem to love green and blue roofed buildings, often in close proximity.

It’s also the home of Kia motors with a massive plant that is clearly visible far before you zoom in enough to get a distinct view of anything else

2 years ago

Gonna be hot, muggy, and rainy…… Ahhhh ‘Rea in the summer! Can’t wait….. Get your kimchi on!

Reply to  Paella747
2 years ago

Sounds like Miami

2 years ago

It’s ok, Sun Yang will not be staying in it

Reply to  Observer
2 years ago


Reply to  Observer
2 years ago

Cheap shot. Plenty of swimmers from other countries with equally big egos.

2 years ago


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