Gongju National Museum


This excellent museum exhibits treasures discovered in the tomb of King Muryeong, including the distinctive gold diadem ornaments that you’ll see images of all over Gongju. While only a few hundred of the 2906 tomb artefacts are on display here, together with some videos (with English subtitles) they paint a vivid picture of Baekje culture. The museum is a 15-minute, signposted walk north from the royal tombs.

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1. Tomb of King Muryeong


The tomb of King Muryeong, the 25th Baekje king, was discovered – miraculously intact and completely by accident – in 1971. The tomb and the six others in…

2. Ungjin Baekje Historical Museum

0.31 MILES

At the entrance to the Tomb of King Muryeong, the Ungjin Baekje Historical Museum has historical info and a tourist information centre.

3. Gongsan-seong

0.81 MILES

This stunning hilltop fortress is a reminder of a time when Gongju (then called Ungjin) was Baekje’s capital. After entering through the grand stone…

4. Magok-sa

7.87 MILES

Magok-sa has had its buildings restored and reconstructed through the years, but unlike most temples, its extant buildings are being allowed to age…

5. Gap-sa

7.97 MILES

Gap-sa's main hall contains three gleaming Buddha statues, while a smaller shrine houses three shamanist deities – Chilseong, Sansin and Dokseong.

6. Brother & Sister Pagodas


These twin Silla-era pagodas are said to represent the brother and sister who founded the original hermitage at Donghak-sa.

7. Gyeryongsan National Park


One of Korea's smallest parks, Gyeryongsan means ‘Rooster Dragon Mountain’ because locals thought the mountain resembled a dragon with a rooster’s head…

8. Sejong Lake Park

9.25 MILES

This enormous park with a human-made lake was built as a family destination. It's not far from a complex of government buildings.