Kim Dae-jung, South Korea's main opposition leader, traverses the country this week, trying to round up enough votes to unseat incumbent Kim Young-sam's party.
Visiting Kwang-ju on Friday, the National Congress for New Politics leader was welcomed by a wildly enthusiastic crowd.
These 30-thousand people are just a small portion of support in this southern city, where Kim Dae-jung enjoys his strongest popularity.
But Kim hopes to win the votes of citizens across the country and is visiting as many as eight cities a day to achieve that goal.
He and his party differ with the president on most issues, but the main theme that the opposition is playing on is corruption.
One of the reasons why the opposition enjoys so much support in the major city of Kwang-ju is the infamous incident of 1980 in which hundreds if not thousands of students were killed during a pro-democracy uprising.
Even though the current president was an opposition leader at the time, his government is under fire as those with tragic memories press for retribution.
Outside of Kwang-ju, Kim Dae-jung appears to be gaining popularity as well.
And despite the brutal schedule the 81-year-old looks thrilled as he receives wreathes and bouquets at each campaign rally.
His growing fame also has a downside.
Security has increased as his election campaign has geared up.
Kim has been attacked by the government as a divisive force.
He counters that the country needs a fresh approach and that he is the only alternative available.
Kim's fight for democracy has been a long hard struggle. He was jailed because of his politics and lived for many years in exile.
His supporters say he'll be a positive force for change.
SOUNDBITE: (KOREAN) "Of course he will run for president.
Power in the government needs to change."
SUPER CAPTION: Kang Sung-hwan
And since the visit fell over the Arbor Day weekend, he planted a tree in the city.