North Korean Archaeologists Claim To Discover Ancient Unicorn Lair

Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences in North Korea claim they have found "a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong". Yes, folks. A unicorn. The unicorn that their King used to ride back in the day.

According to the official Korean new agency, King Tongmyong was the founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (277BC to 668AD). The archaeologists say the unicorn's lair "is located 200 metres from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words 'Unicorn Lair' stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392)."

According to Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute:

Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to be ridden by King Tongmyong, and its lair. 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.

The 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.

There you have it. Apparently, North Korean's scientists are as truthful and trustworthy as the country's dictators and political establishment. Unicorn! Lairs! All sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

It seems that North Korea thinks this is great news because it "proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom". The next thing they will claim is the discovery of a secret door to the Kingdom of Hyrule. [Korean News]


Comments

    Wow, the North Korean government caught using propaganda on a population whose ability to evaluate its acccuracy has been intentionally stifled, who would have thought? It's sad to see those unfortunate people manipulated like this, but not as sad as knowing that hundreds of millions around the world with reasonable education and free access to humanity's accumulated knowledge choose to believe similarly ridiculous fairy tales about gods and other monsters, and will kill, maim and die before they wiill admit to their ignorance.

      Yeah. How its any different to believing in an invisible God in the clouds and an magical Hebrew dude who can walk on water, I don't know ;)

    Note that they don't claim to have found any evidence of unicorns, just an old sign. So they're not being that looney.

    um... why would there been a sign basically saying "hey! there is a unicorn here..." and no one actually saw it. there would be no sign pointing out what that lair is for x) a secret isnt a secret if you tell someone much less make a sign. The sign is probably made recently lol. i could easily make a sign saying "dragons lair" and pay someone lots of money to keep it a secret and put it in the "news" to make people believe in it and have my whole country be under terror that a dragon is going to come after them if they don't give me their taxes. then i would be some rich person muahahaha! It takes more than a sign and a few stories to prove that there was a unicorn people.

    its actually not a unicorn, its a Qilin, a mythical creature in Eastern mythology, that has the head of a dragon and the body of a lion or tiger. note that North Korea did not say its a cave with mythical creatures, its basically a lair associated with the Qilin or unicorn ridden by Tongmyong, just like how Whitehorn Mountain in British Columbia isn't a mountain with a White Horn

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