The route taken by Queen Huh from Ayodhya to Korea will be on focus when the experts from South Korea and India will assemble in the state capital on January 20 to discuss the Indo- Korean cultural relation.
According to the folklore of Korea, Queen Huh- Wang- Ock was the queen of Korea who reached there from Ayodhya around 2000 years ago. The brother of the princess and 22 buddhist monks accompanied her on the trip..
The boat carrying the princess broke down on the shores of Kimahe city in Korea. All the travelers were injured and lay unconscious on the shores. The King Suro of Kimahe saw a dream that some travelers are lying unconscious on the shore and amongst them is a 16 years old girl who would be his wife.
In the dream he was told that by marrying this girl not only the royal family but also the entire kingdom would prosper. Next morning when the Prince went to the shore he saw his dream turning into a reality.
The princess identified herself as Huh Hwang-ok the princess from Ayuta (Ayodhya) in India. Her brother Po-ok was carrying treasure and gifts on the ship.
She told the local people that her father King of Ayodhya had dream in which he saw that King Suro of Kaya kingdom was not married. The divine voice told him to send his daughter to marry King Suro.
Later her father sent her on long voyage to the Kaya kingdom from Ayodhya. King married the princess, had ten sons and two daughters and founded the Karak dynasty. Today over seven million Korean trace their origin with the descendants of King Suro and Queen Huh.
The route followed by the princess from Ayodhya to Korea still remains wrap in the mystery. In 2005 the Korean government organized an International festival at Gimhae city to mark the 2000 years of the visit of the princess. The officials and artists of UP Cultural and Tourism Department were invited to participate in the festival.
During the meeting with the UP officials the Korean officials proposed a project to trace the route followed by the Princess during her voyage from India to Korea. Korean believes that Buddhism was introduced in their country with the arrival of the Princess.
The president of South Korea, Lee Myung- Bok will be the chief guest in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi. UP Culture Department has decided to invite the Korean experts to the seminar to strengthen the cultural tie and to discuss the route.
The Director Ayodhya Research Center Dr YP Singh told HT that Professor Emeritus, Hanyang University and Chairman of Korea Institute of Heritage, Byung Mo Kim has been invited to present historical and archaeological evidences regarding ancient India and Korea relationship.