"Buyeo: Capital of the Baekje Kingdom" Puyo by iwys

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Today Buyeo is a small town with a population of just 95,000, but it was once the capital of the Baekje kingdom, and the site of one of the most famous and tragic events in Korean history.

Buyeo, formerly known as Sabi, took over from Gongju as the capital of the Baekje kingdom in 538 AD and remained the capital until the fall of the kingdom to combined Silla and Chinese forces in 660 AD.

The last stand of the Baekje was a noble and tragic event. The Baekje general, Gyebaek, knowing he faced certain defeat, killed his wife and children before riding out to battle with just 5,000 men to face an enemy army numbering 50,000. The Baekje repelled four attacks before finally being overwhelmed. Rather than fall into the hands of the enemy, 3,000 ladies from the Baekje royal court leapt to their deaths from the cliff top at Nakhwaam - "the rock of falling flowers".

If you were to ask me, after my year living in and travelling around Korea, which off the beaten path tourist destination you should visit, after having seen the better-known destinations, like Seoul and Jeju-do, I would say Buyeo.

  • Last visit to Puyo: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 6, 2007
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