Our excursion will let you experience the cultural heritages of Baekje (UNESCO World Heritage), one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea from 57 BC to 668 AD.
The time table and brief description are as follows.
Time Table for Excursion on June 28
Baekje Cultural Land, built over a period of 17 years, is nestled in Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, providing a home to Baekje’s Cultural Heritages. The site is filled with the trace of Baekje Culture. Baekje was a kingdom located in southwestern Korea, and it was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, together with Goguryeo and Sila.
Sabigung palace is the first restored royal palace of great Baekje in the three kingdoms era. It consists of Junggungjeon (middle hall) with three halls where the kings were engaged in their political affairs as well as their military and security affairs.
Neungsa is a royal temple within the palace vicinity. Its restoration involved the exact same architectural design and size, refereeing the relics excavated in Neungsan area, Buyeo. Based on their national religion, Buddhism, this place was used not only for religious use with Buddha-enshrining pagoda, but also for educating the public.
Gongju National Museum is a local museum of Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do Province. Gongju (formerly Ungjin, literally “bear port”) was the capital of the Baekje Kingdom from AD 475 to 538, so the museum has a specialized focus on the remarkable culture of the Ungjin Baekje period.
The museum’s collection contains more than 30,000 objects including 19 National Treasures and 4 Treasures excavated from Tomb of King Muryong in 1971.
Tomb of King Muryong exhibits artifacts from King Muryeong’s tomb, containing 4,687 artifacts of 108 types. The gallery mainly exhibits gold and silver ornaments of the King and the Queen.
Ancient Culture of Chungcheongnam-do shows the history and culture of Chungcheongnam-do from the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages. The gallery exhibits important cultural properties showing the historical trend and changes.
Royal tomb of King Muryeong is a tomb for 25th king of Baekje, King Muryeong and the Queen and it was found by accident while doing drainage construction. It is the only royal tomb that shows the identification of buried person and it presents glamorous culture of Baekje through sophisticated beauty and high standard handcraft skill 1,500 years ago.
The main attraction of the tomb is the wall painting drawn. It is the only art of its kind in the world, created from the way the bricks were laid to create the wall. The tomb is shaped like a long tunnel, the top rounded like a dome. There are pictures of fire-breathing dragons on the tomb. Only the parts of the wall where the pictures were to be drawn had earth coated on, and on that earth was drawn Sasindo, the Four symbols: blue dragon, white tiger, red peacock, and black turtle.
Many national treasures found inside supplied scholars studying Baekje culture with precious research materials. It contained 108 kinds of artifacts and 2,906 items altogether.