Holy city for Hindus, Ayodhya is best known for the birthplace of Hindu god Lord Ram, but it is unknown to most people that, it holds special meaning for some South Koreans – many believe they can trace their ancestry to the city.
The South Korean First lady, kim Jung-sook, is in the Uttar Pradesh where she is visiting the ancient city of Ayodhya. As the legend of Ayodhya’s princess Suriratna, who became the much-loved Queen Hu of Korea, assumes centre-stage with the visit of first lady of South Korea who has arrived to attend grand Diwali celebrations, the royal family of Ayodhya has geared up to host a dinner for the Korean delegation.
What the story behind the South Korean Queen? According to the legend, Princess Suriratna, also known as Heo Hwang-ok, went to Korean in 48 A.D., some 2000 years ago, and started the Karak dynasty by marrying a local king. Some Chinese texts claim that the then king of Ayodhya had a dream where God ordered him to send his 16-years-old daughter to South Korea to marry king Kim Suro.
Popular South Korean book comprising fables and historical stories Samguk Yusa, mentions that Queen Hwang-ok was the princess of Ayuta kingdom. But there is no clear evidence to show that the princess even actually existed.
“People of South Korea believe that they wouldn’t have come into existence had princess Suriratna not travelled to Korea and married their King. And till date, they come to India to pay tributes to the birth place of their queen” said Raja Ayodhya Bimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra.
Impact on modern era: then in 2001, more than 100 historians and govt. representatives, including the North Korean ambassador to India, unveiled Queen Hwang-ok’s Memorial on the west bank of the river Sarayu.
In 2016, a Korean delegation sent a proposal to the U.P. govt. to further develop the memorial. As part of her visit from 4 to 7 November, the first lady will attend a ceremony that marks a start on the upgrade of the monument – a joint project between South Korean and India
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