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Koreans to visit Ram temple, many believe Ayodhya princess crossed the seas to marry their king


Korean folklore states that King Kim Suro, who established the Gaya Kingdom in north Asia, was married to a teenage girl from Ayodhya who sailed 4,500 kilometers across the ocean some 2,000 years ago.


Queen Heo Hwang-ok was the subsequent title bestowed upon Princess Suriratna. Neither the legend nor the reality that almost 60 lakh South Koreans identify as Suriratna's offspring and consider Ayodhya their maternal home are widely recognized in India. For this reason, many of them anxiously followed the consecration of the Ram Temple on January 22 through their computers or smartphones.


Neither the legend nor the reality that almost 60 lakh South Koreans identify as Suriratna's offspring and consider Ayodhya their maternal home are widely recognized in India. For this reason, many of them anxiously followed the consecration of the Ram Temple on January 22 through their computers or smartphones.


They are now eagerly anticipating their trip to Ayodhya to witness the magnificent new Ram temple complex in person. Located on the banks of the Sarayu river in Ayodhya, the Queen Heo Memorial Park was established in 2001 through a collaboration between the Uttar Pradesh government and the city of Gimhae in South Korea. Each year, several Karak clan members travel to Ayodhya to pay their respects at this memorial to Queen Heo Hwang-ok.


Stated by Kim Chil-su, secretary general of the Central Karak Clan Society, "Ayodhya is very special to us as we see it as our grandmother's home," Just a short distance from Queen Heo Memorial Park, he was present at the temple for the 'Pran Pratishtha' event on January 22nd, which dedicated a new idol of Ram Lalla. The 2,000-square-meter park has a meditation center, royal pavilions, walkways, a fountain, murals, and audiovisual amenities. The pavilions have a typical Korean design element—a sloping roof covered in tiles.


We intend to visit both the old Ram temple and the modern Ram temple during our annual pilgrimage to Ayodhya to pay our respects at the memorial. It was an emotional experience watching the event online. Despite reading about the conflict, Yu-Jin Lee—who, in February, intends to visit the city with 22 others—has never been to the ancient temporary shrine.

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