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.