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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Story of Korea's founding !!

Read the story of Korea's founding myth here. It's quite interesting!!! 

A long time ago, when Hwanung, son of heaven, ruled the people, there lived a tiger and a bear. They wished wholeheartedly to become human and prayed every day to Hwanung to grant their wish. Upon hearing their fervent prayers, Hwanung called them and gave them 20 cloves of garlic and a bunch of mugwort and told them that if they could stay out of the sun for 100 days living on the given food, he would grant them their wish. The tiger gave up shortly after and left the cave, but the bear remained true and after 21 days, Hwanung transformed the bear into a beautiful woman. The bear-woman, Ungnyeo, was very grateful and made offerings to Hwanung, but she became lonely. Once again, she prayed to Hwanung beneath a sandalwood tree to be blessed with a child. Hwanung, moved by her prayers, took her as his wife and soon she gave birth to a son. They named him Dangun Wanggeom, who later established Gojoseon (Acient Joseon) in 2,333 B.C., which was the first kingdom on the Korean Peninsula.

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