The development of large area GaN substrates is one of important issues in expanding of GaN-based applications. In order to investigate the possibility, GaN thick films were grown by a sublimation technique, using MOCVD-GaN films grown on a sapphire as a seed-crystal substrate and a commercial GaN powder as a source material. The pressure in chamber under the fixed flow rate of N 2 gas and NH 3 gas was kept at 1 atmosphere and the effects of the various processing parameters such as the distance between source material and seed crystal, the temperature of top- and bottom heater and the growth time during the growth of GaN thick film were investigated. The growth feature and microstructure of the GaN thick films were observed by SEM and XRD. The optical bandgap properties and the defects were evaluated by the PL measurement. By these results, the growth conditions such as the distance between the GaN source and the seed substrate, the growth temperature and the growth time were determined for the satisfied growth of GaN thick films.