North Korean Officials Claim to Have Uncovered Secret Unicorn Lair – Seriously
From theGet the facts (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea):
Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).
Related SiteBefore I continue, I want to share a few things. One, this is really really for real serious in the eyes of the North Korean media. The Korean Central News Agency is the official news service of the DPRK. It is NOT like a Korean version of The Onion. Two, keep in mind that the North Koreans historically have gone to great and fantastic lengths to prove their superiority and the people of North Korea are expected to take everything that is released as gospel. Like the time when they claimed that Kim Jong Il went to the United States and won the U.S. Open by getting a hole in one on every shot.
It is also a “fact” that his birth was prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.
So, back to the unicorn.
The reason North Korean officials have a vested interest in proving not that unicorns exist is because it would help to verify their legend about King Tongmyong riding a unicorn which somehow proves that Pyongyang is the rightful capital city of Korea. I don’t pretend to understand it all. From the article:
The discovery of the unicorn lair, associated with legend about King Tongmyong, proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom.
Director of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, Jo Hui Sung, explained to the KCNA that Korean history books point to the precise location of the lair and it was only a matter of time before it was found. One such old book, ‘Sinjungdonggukyojisungnam’ (Revised Handbook of Korean Geography) complied in the 16th century wrote that there is a lair west of Pubyok Pavilion in Mt. Kumsu.
The Sogyong (Pyongyang) chapter of the old book ‘Koryo History’ (geographical book), said: Ulmil Pavilion is on the top of Mt. Kumsu, with Yongmyong Temple, one of Pyongyang’s eight scenic spots, beneath it. The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn.
By the by, the Korean version of the unicorn (called a Qtlin) is slightly different than what is presented in Western legend. But, I can be forgiven for referring to them as unicorns because that is the exact translation that the KCNA uses themselves as you can see useful reference. With that said, Korean unicorns actually look more like dragon-ish type creatures, or sometimes Bambi.
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Thanks to the Atlantic Wire for the tip on this crazy story.