One Day Trip to Buyeo

May 29, 2021


Have you heard about Buyeo?
Buyeo is a rural area in South Chungcheong Province, the home of the Baekje Kingdom in the Korea of two millennia ago. My friend and I visited Buyeo in the middle of April this year. So, through this article, I would like to share my one-day-trip story. Please enjoy!


Trip Course: Gungnam-ji Pond 🡪 Lunch 🡪 Baekje Cultural Land & Museum 🡪 Café.
If you have time, you also can go to Jeongrim Temple, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. And if you travel by car, I recommend you also go to Seongheung-san Sarang-namu (성흥산 사랑나무) to see the famous “Love Tree.”



1. Gungnamji Pond

After we arrived at Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal at around 10:30 a.m., we went directly to Gungnam-ji Pond by taxi. It is not far from the terminal, but you need to walk about 30 minutes.

I thought the pond was a touristy place or part of a palace and that it required an entrance fee, but it was not so! The pond is part of Seodong Park, so it is surrounded by the park and a field. During our visit, we saw that many people had come to have a walk around the area with their families. We made a good choice to come before lunch, because we were able to take as many photos as we wanted.

I came to know of this place because of the Korean drama Mr. Queen (2020–2021), the biggest inducement for me to visit Buyeo.


The Highlight Spot


with my friend, Maggie



2. Lunch: Mirakwon

While walking around the area, we found a restaurant called Mirak-won (미락원, near Gungnam-ji Pond (but you need to cross the field to get there). Anyway, they say this restaurant is famous for its steamed rice wrapped in a lotus leaf, which is a healthy meal. So, we chose this rice set with pork backbone stew and ripe kimchi. It was very delicious!

Set of Lunch with side dishes

Pork Back-bone Stew with Ripe Kimchi
 
Steamed Rice Wrapped in a Lotus Leaf



3. Baekje Cultural Land

For its connection to the Baekje Kingdom, I recommend you visit Baekje Cultural Land. It took about 30 minutes to get there by bus. There you can find Sabi-gung (사비궁, the first restored royal palace of Baekje), Neungsa (능사, the royal temple), Gobun-gongwon (고분공원,the tomb park), Living Cultural Village (communities of varying social classes in Baekje), and Wiryesong (위례성, the capital of early Baekje). Plus, we experienced the traditional clothes of the Baekje Kingdom and sat on the king’s throne!

In addition, we visited the Baekje Cultural Museum, which is located in a separate area and thus requires an entrance ticket. It was a real treat to enjoy a complete package related to the Baekje Kingdom all in one place. The Baekje Cultural Museum is also the filming location of historical Korean dramas such as Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) and The Last Empress (2018).


Neungsa

Area of High Class House

Experience with Baekje Dynasty clothes


4. Old-Style Cafe Street


We then moved on to the Guam-ri area in Buyeo, where there is a café street with old-style buildings. It may not seem like much, but it is perfect to have a vintage photo concept. We visited one of the cafés there named Suwol-ok (수월옥), designed as an old-fashioned, traditional-style Korean home.

Book Cafe

Suwol-ok



The trip to Buyeo took me back two millennia to the Baekje Kingdom – to the king’s palace, to village life, to Baekje culture, to delicious cuisine, and to scenic beauty – and all in one day! I recommend that, when you have time for a one-day trip, you consider experiencing the Baekje Kingdom in Buyeo. You’ll be glad you did!



*This article also published on Gwangju News June 2021

Buyeo, 18 April 2021
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