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]