Buyeo (부여) is a pretty, countryside town with a slower pace of life and terrific historical sights; it's compact and walkable, with no buildings taller than five floors high. Stroll green parks, enjoy top-notch food and you'll quickly notice Korea's urban tussle doesn't exist here.
Buyeo is home to several Baekje-era sites and relics. King Seong, a statue of whom presides over the roundabout in the town centre, moved the capital here in AD 538, when it was known as Sabi. This lasted till AD 660, when the combined Silla-Tang army destroyed the town. Though Buyeo was considered a better site for the capital, today it is more of a backwater than Gongju.