Opened in 1997, the May 18th Cemetery was created to commemorate the civilian casualties from an uprising that occurred on May 18, 1980. Similar but smaller than the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Gwangju uprising was fueled by student protests to demand democracy. The official count was 259 dead, but many claim that there were hundreds more. A short walk through the memorial garden leads to the cemetery where the victims had initially been buried.