This is why 60 lakh Koreans consider Lord Ram’s Ayodhya their maternal home
South Korea and the holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh have a shared history. Shocked? Yes, this is as true as it gets. What is more shocking is that these two millennia-old ties were only discovered in the last decade. Are you wondering what the ties are?
We all know that Ayodhya is the city where Lord Rama was born, and it is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India. But do you know that the holy city of Ayodhya plays host to hundreds of South Koreans every year? So what brings them to India? They come to pay tribute to the legendary queen, Heo Hwang-ok. What was their queen doing in Ayodhya? It all sounds rather too mysterious, but the story will most definitely shock you.
The city of Ayodhya has often been called a paradise on earth. In fact, it is believed that it has been existing already for thousands of years. The Korean link to the place dates back to 48 A.D. when it is believed that Princess Heo Hwang-ok, later known as Queen Suro, made a journey from the city of Ayodhya to Korea.
Legends say that Suro was carrying a stone which is believed to have calmed the seas while she was traveling, allowing her to reach Korea safely on a boat. She went on to become the first queen of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya when she married him at 16 years of age. Due to this connection, more than 60 lakh people in Korea consider the holy city of Ayodhya as their maternal home.
The Koreans believe that the Princess was the mother of the descendants who helped bring together various Korean kingdoms in the 7th century. Since then, Karak went on to become the largest clan in Korea.
Prof. Byung Mo Kim, who is a Professor Emeritus at Hanyang University, said, “The queen of Korea’s biggest dynasty Hoh was the daughter of Ayodhya and in that manner, Ayodhya is like our mother city. Princess Ho traveled by sea route and married King Kim Suro of Kara dynasty. He was the first king and the entire Kara clan, which comprises over about two-third the population of Korea, are its descendants.”
The twin fish stone that the Princess was believed to be carrying is the state symbol of Ayodhya. The Professor said, “I have pictorial evidence. The twin fish symbol is originally from the Mediterranean states, and it traveled to this part of the world and settled around Lucknow. But the same twin fish symbol can also be seen in ancient buildings in Nepal, Pakistan, China, and Japan and the gate of the royal tomb of King Suro in Kimhae city in Korea.”
“I share my genes with the royal family of Ayodhya. Travellers from both these countries not just traded goods, but also genes. And I hail from the Kara dynasty, whose first woman was the princess of Ayodhya, who married the first Kara king. Her brothers went on to become the Kings of Ayodhya and this is how I am genetically connected to the holy city,” said Prof. Kim. The legend states that the Queen died at the age of 157.