South Korea & UP government are building a garden in Ayodhya; Here's why
South Korea's envoy to India Shin Bongkil said that the memorial in Ayodhya will be officially opened during Diwali.
Ayodhya: In a unique gesture that will underline the ties between India and South Korea, the South Korean government, is building a Princess Park in Ayodhya, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh administration. South Korea's envoy to India Shin Bongkil said that the UP government will officially open the park during Diwali.
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Speaking to news agency ANI, Bongkil said that India and South Korea's ties date back to 2000 years when Princess Suriratna from Ayodhya visited his country and married a Korean king.
"2000 years ago, Ayodhya's princess travelled to Korea and married a Korean king. Today, this king's descendants are almost 10 per cent of Koreans. That means 10 per cent of Koreans are related to India," Bongkil said.
He added that the garden is being created as a symbol of the longstanding relations between the two countries.
"In Ayodhya, My government and the UP government are building a princess park. Korea has already built a Korean pavilion there beginning of this year. The park is almost finished," he said.
It may be noted that a memorial of the Korean queen Heo Hwang-ok is located near Ram Katha Park and ghats on the Saryu river and during his visit to South Korea in May 2015, PM Narendra Modi had signed an MoU with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the beautification of this memorial. On November 4, 2018, the South Korean first lady, Kim Jung-sook had visited Ayodhya and the memorial and also met UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
Legend has it that Princess Suriratna from Ayuta went to Korea in 48 AD and started the Karak dynasty by marrying King Kim Suro. The duo lived for over 150 years and had 10 children. Today, over six million - 10 per cent of Korea's population - are believed to be the descendants of the couple.
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