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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Bold and Beautiful Baekje, Part XI: Buyeo National Museum, Buyeo, Southern Chungcheong - Home of Baekje Artifacts

Yamato is bestowed from Japanese Ancient Kingdom of Yamato, Baekje Kingdom's closest ally. That's why Emperor Akihito mentioned the relationship between Imperial Japanese Household and Royal House of Buyeo (present-day Buyeo Seo Clan).
First established in 1929, the Buyeo National Museum (Hanja: 國立扶餘博物館) in 5 Geumseong Avenue/Geumseongno, Dongnam-ri san 16-1 beonji, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo County, Southern Chungcheong Province was reopened in August 1993 at the current location. The museum has 4 exhibition halls and an outdoor exhibit with a total of about 1,000 relics on display. 

The Prehistoric Hall presents representative relics from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age found in Buyeo and nearby Southern Chungcheong. In the History Hall, most of the exhibited relics are the remains of the Sabi Era of Baekje. The Sabi Era (538-660) was when the culture and art of the Baekje Kingdom was prospering. Buddhist statues that are well-known with ‘the smile of Baekje’ welcome you with big smiles in the Buddhist Art Hall. Numerous stone remains such as Buddha statues and stone pagodas can be found at the outdoor exhibition area. 

National Treasures such as the Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje (Korean Republic National Treasure No. 287), and the Stone Basin of Buyeo (Treasure No. 194) are also on display. Visit the Buyeo National Museum to see the treasures and riches from the Baekje times and to experience the dynasty’s love of form, detail and restrained opulence.