North Korea claims discovery of ancient unicorn lair

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 5, 2012

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Watch out, “My Little Pony.” It turns out that unicorns were real.

At least, that’s what North Korea says.

Keeping in mind that the reclusive communist country once claimed that its late leader, Kim Jong Il, shot a 38 the first time he played golf, with several holes-in-one, North Korea has announced that it has found the long-lost unicorn lair of ancient Korean historical lore.

The unicorn lair, belonging to King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (37 B.C.- 668 A.D.), is only 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill, conveniently located in the capital Pyongyang, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported last week.

Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences said the discovery was made when a rectangular maker with the words “Unicorn Lair” was found outside the site, KCNA reported. The carving of the marker was estimated to date back to the Koryo Kingdom period (918-1392).

“Korea’s history books deal with the unicorn, considered to be ridden by King Tongmyong, and its lair,” said Jo Hui Sung, the institute’s director.

“The discovery of the unicorn lair, associated with legend about King Tongmyong, proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom,” Jo added.

Source: KCNA

A 16th-century depiction of a unicorn by artist Conrad Gesner.


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