Category Archives: Ancient History

SK in SK: A History of South Korea

I had read Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea before I ever went to East Asia, but my travels around South Korea definitely deepened and solidified my knowledge and understanding of Korean history. These are the S.K. in S.K. posts … Continue reading

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The National Museum of Korea

I had been to the Gyeongju National Museum, Buyeo National Museum, and Gongju National Museum, but in Seoul is *the* National Museum of Korea. The permanent exhibitions take up three airy floors, and are divided as thus: Prehistory and Ancient … Continue reading

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Guardian of the Han River: Ganghwa Island

Ganghwa-do (Ganghwa Island) is the 5th largest island in all of South Korea. It is situated just at the mouth of the Han river, the river which flows through Seoul, and thus had been a strategic location for thousands of … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Original Ancient Baekje Capital ‘Hanseong’

For the past week or so, I’ve been focusing on the ruins of the ancient Baekje Kingdom, which one ruled the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula. I went to the three capitals of ancient Baekje in reverse order. I … Continue reading

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Gongsanseong: the Fortress in Gongju

The last site I visited in Gongju was Gongsanseong, which had originally been the fortress protecting ancient Baekje’s capital, Ungjin. Gosanseong had originally been a fortress made of rammed earth, like Busosanseong. The Joseon government built a stone wall in … Continue reading

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The Treasures of King Muryeong at the Gongju National Museum

I walked over the hill from the tomb of King Muryeong of Baekje, in the present-day town of Gongju. As I’ve said before, Gongju was once Ungjin, the capital of the ancient Baekje kingdom, and the Baekje heritage of both … Continue reading

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The Tomb of King Muryeong in Gongju: the Most Important Ancient Tomb in South Korea

There are many, many ancient royal tombs in South Korea (you can see some here), and archaeologists have made educated guesses about the identities of some of the people in those tombs. But there is only a single ancient tomb … Continue reading

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