Around the modern-day town of Buyeo, there are a few remains from Baekje times which are open to tourists. The most important is Busosanseong, which I’ve already written about. However, there are a couple of other sites around town. The Baekje ruins of Buyeo and Gongju are a tentative World Heritage site.
I went a few kilometers out of town to a place where some tombs of Baekje’s royal family had been placed.
Tourists are not allowed inside the tombs in order to preserve them, but off to the side a replica tomb has been constructed.
Inside the tomb, you can see a replica of the painting inside the real tomb. This is one of the most famous surviving paintings from Baekje. The four guardian animals can be seen, each guarding one direction.
To me, the Baekje tombs look just like the Silla tombs on the outside. I would later see in another town, Gongju, the most famous Baekje tomb of all, the tomb of King Muryeong.
Above is an excavation of the ancient Baekje temple where the famous bronze incense burner (described in the previous post) had been discovered. Thoughout the grounds, there are little signs describing what archaeologists think the purpose of each site was.
I went back to the town center, and visited Jeongnimsaji, which has this tall stone pagoda built in Baekje times. Even today, its height is impressive (it’s higher than the famous stone pagodas of Bulguk-sa).
Inside the wooden structure is this tall Buddha statue, which was built during the time of the Goryeo kingdom.
Jeongnimsaji also has a little museum. Most of the signs were in Korean only, but I could still enjoy the displays.
There is also a nice little pool, which I don’t think has much to do with ancient Baekje, but it’s a pleasant spot nonetheless.
So that is Buyeo, which used to be Sabi, the final capital of Baekje where the ancient kingdom dramatically fell. In the next post, I will go to Gongju, which used to be Ungjin, the second capital of the Baekje kingdom.