Ayodhya the city of Lord Ram is one of the holiest cities in India. The city in the Atharva Veda is described as the city built by Gods and a paradise on earth.
The city of Ayodhya is said to have existed since thousands of years. It is the birth place of Lord Ram, who existed in the Treta Yug of the Hindu calendar.
But one would be surprised to know that the present day Korea has links with this holy place of Ayodhya. In the year 48 AD Queen Suro or princess Heo Hwang-ok is said to have made a journey from the city of Ayodhya to Korea carrying a stone which is believed to have calmed the seas while travelling.
The archaeological evidence showed that the type of stones were found no where in Korea and hence it became an important evidence to understand the link between India and Korea. According to few travellers, the Princess was an Indian who belonged to the place of Ayodhya. The stone which the Princess carried with her was that of two fishes kissing.
An archaeologist in Kimhae in Korea was the first one to note that the stone belonged to India and started to study the links with India and Korea. Later he found that the Kaya Kingdom of South Korea had the same symbol of two fishes kissing each other which was very much similar to the Mishra Royal family in Ayodhya.
The Princess of the Kaya Kingdom had given birth to 10 kids which marked the beginning of the powerful Kimhae Kims.
In the year 2010, a Professor Emeritus of Hanyang University and national archaeologist from Korea, Prof Byung Mo Kim said he shares a ‘genetic connection’ with Ayodhya, this was reported in the Indian Express.
“I share my genes with the royal family of Ayodhya. Travellers from both these countries not just traded goods, but also genes. And I hail from the Kara dynasty, whose first woman was the princess of Ayodhya, who married the first Kara king. Her brothers went on to become the Kings of Ayodhya and this is how I am genetically connected to the holy city,” said Prof Kim.
“The queen of Korea’s biggest dynasty Hoh was the daughter of Ayodhya and in that manner, Ayodhya is like our mother city. Princess Ho travelled by sea route and married King Kim Suro of Kara dynasty. He was the first king and the entire Kara clan, which comprises over about two-third the population of Korea are its descendents”.
So the princess who married Korea’s kara dynasty King was none other than the daughter of Ayodhya. Therefore the twin fish which is the state symbol of the state of Uttar Pradesh is also a prominent symbol of the Korean royal family. For the same reason, many Koreans also worship Lord Ram.
Prof Kim says, “I have pictorial evidences. The twin fish symbol is originally from the Mediterranean states and it travelled to this part of the world and settled around Lucknow. But the same twin fish symbol can also be seen in ancient buildings in Nepal, Pakistan, China and Japan and the gate of royal tomb of King Suro in Kimhae city in Korea.”