Category Archives: Chungcheongnam

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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Archaeological Ruins of Baekje in Buyeo

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 … Continue reading

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Learning about Baekje at the Buyeo National Museum

Buyeo National Museum, much like the Gyeongju National Museum, presents local archaeological discoveries and offers visitors a narrative about the ancient Baekje Kingdom. The Korean peninsula consisted of hundreds of little chieftainships, each controlling no more than a few villages, … Continue reading

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Busosanseong: Where the Baekje Kingdom Fell

The town which is now called ‘Buyeo’ in Chungcheongnam Province was once known as ‘Sabi’, and it was the third – and final – capital of the Baekje Kingdom. The Korean peninsula had once been ruled by three kingdoms – … Continue reading

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Trains and Intercity Transit in South Korea, Part 2

The one heavily used interregional passenger rail line in South Korea is the line running from Seoul to Busan. Not only does it go from Seoul/Incheon to Busan, it also stops in Daejeon and Daegu, which means a single train … Continue reading

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