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The Indian princess who became a South Korean queen
By Nikita Mandhani BBC News Delhi
• 4 November 2018
The South Korean first lady, Kim Jung-sook, is in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where she is visiting the ancient city of Ayodhya.
Ayodhya, which is best known as the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram, also however, holds special significance for some South Koreans – many believe they can trace their ancestry to the city.
This belief comes from several historical Korean stories which tells the story of an Indian princess – Suriratna – who married a South Korean king and started a dynasty.
What does the legend say?
According to the legend, Princess Suriratna, also known as Heo Hwang-ok, went to Korea in 48 AD, some 2000 years ago, and started the Karak dynasty by marrying a local king.
Some Chinese-language texts claim that the then King of Ayodhya had a dream where God ordered him to send his 16-year-old daughter to Gimhae city in South Korea to marry King Kim Suro.
Image copyrightTWITTERImage captionPrincess Suriratna
A popular South Korean book comprising fables and historical stories, Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), mentions that Queen Hwang-ok was the princess of “Ayuta” kingdom.
The royal couple prospered. They had 10 sons and both lived to be over a 150 years old.
An anthropologist named Kim Byung-mo Ayuta appeared to confirm the widely held belief that Ayuta was actually Ayodhya, as the two names are phonetically similar.
But there is no clear evidence to show that the princess even actually existed.
“Her origin story is considered to be mythical and is not considered to be history by academics,” says David Cann of the BBC’s Korean Service.
“There have been several fictional renditions of the story as there is plenty of room for imagination.”
The Karak dynasty
Kim is a common surname in Korea and King Kim Suro is considered to be the father of the Kim clan which is based in Gimhae.
“While traditionally children in Korea take their father’s surname, the queen is said to have been sad that her children could not bear her surname,” says Minji Lee of the BBC Korean Service.
“The legend says that therefore King Suro allowed two of their sons to take her name (Heo), which is used to this day.”