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Adrienna 09-27-2003 08:35 PM

Korea - The Lost Empire
 
Koreans honour their princess of Ayodhya
By: Vinay Krishna Rastogi
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Lucknow: A 15-member delegation from South Korea is currently in Ayodhya to revive the country’s 2,000-year-old link with the temple town.

South Korean history holds that a princess of Ayodhya — who they call the Great Princess of Ayodhya — was married to Korean king Suro in the first century AD.

This belief of the Koreans is to be used by lawyers in the ongoing Ayodhya case to prove that the city is in fact ancient.

R T Verma, counsel for the Hindu parties, said, “The discovery proves Ayodhya is an ancient religious city and disproves the claim to the contrary of the communists and Muslim parties.” The Ayodhya hearing resumes on Monday after the court’s Diwali vacation.

The Koreans believe that about 2,000 years ago, the then raja of Ayodhya had married off his 16-year-old daughter to the Korean king Suro. Suro was monarch of the then Kimhay kingdom, known today as Korea.

Interestingly, the Koreans believe that those who unified various Korean kingdoms in the 7th century AD were direct descendants of the Ayodhya princess. Since the first century AD, her descendants prospered and formed the largest clan in Korea – the Karak clan — whose members earned great distinction.

The current president of South Korea, Kim Dae-Jung, believes he is a descendant of the Great Princess of Ayodhya. He is a member of the Karak Clan Society, whose members say they are descendants of the queen.

The Ayodhya princess is regarded the most blessed queen of Korea in the last 2,000 years, and Koreans believe this could be due to the religious significance of the great temple city of Ayodhya, where Lord Ram was born.

Yesterday, wreaths were placed in memory of the princess near the banks of the Sarayu by consul-general of the Embassy of Korea, Kim Myong-Jim, a Korean minister and other members of that country’s delegation. Korean musicians specially flown in played beautiful music, far from the political din of Lucknow.

On the occasion, the consul-general of Korea said, “I hope historians will be able to learn more about this great ancient Hindu city.”

He urged the former raja of Ayodhya, BPN Misra, to strengthen cultural ties between Ayodhya and South Korea. Mishra has been merely a titular king since princely states were abolished, but people still address him as raja.

According to the commissioner of the Faizabad division, the Government of India has decided to organise the Festival of Ayodhya to promote greater cultural ties between Ayodhya and the South Korean city of Kim Hae.

newpostee 11-08-2003 05:38 PM

While I'm very surprised to read this as a Korean, it's interesting and nice to know that Korea is somehow related to other Asian countries or kingdoms.
I'll take it with a grain of salt, however, with whatever Kim DaeJoong is saying ... very weird man lol.

La la 06-24-2004 08:37 PM

Very interesting article. I'd love to know more about the the different King(dom)s that existed within the Indian Subcontinent. I tend to think most of it is legendary/mythology. :rolleyes:

starbuck 07-25-2004 01:13 AM

Korea - The Lost Empire
 
http://image4.miodio.co.kr/photo/alb...0609_55911.jpg

mandyy 07-19-2005 10:07 PM

Last direct heir to Korea throne dies in Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20050720a9.htm

Warren 07-20-2005 04:35 AM

Imperial Family of Korea
 
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Here is a Family Tree of the Imperial Family of Korea, courtesy of the ARMB.

Prince Gu (b 1931) is the Prince Lee Ku mentioned in the previous post who has just died (thank you Mandyy for the information).
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mandyy 07-20-2005 01:29 PM

Body of heir to Korea's former monarchy returns from Japan
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...e_050720125729

mandyy 07-20-2005 02:20 PM

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The body of Yi Gu, the last heir to the throne of Korea's former Chosun dynasty, arrived in Seoul from Japan for a royal funeral.(AFP/Shin Won-Gun)

mandyy 07-24-2005 01:54 AM

Funeral held for last direct heir to Korean throne
http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle....s/uk/worldNews

mandyy 07-24-2005 02:01 AM

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#1-8:Photos from Reuters
#9-10: Associated Press

Lee was found dead in a Japanese hotel room at the weekend, the association representing his family said on Tuesday. Japanese-born Lee, 73, had been the only surviving son of the last crown prince of the Chosun Dynasty, which ruled the Korean peninsula from 1392 to 1910. Lee died of an apparent heart attack, a statement from the association said.

#1:A South Korean woman cries in front of a portrait of Lee Ku, the last direct heir to the Korean throne, at a memorial before his funeral at Changduk palace, Seoul, July 21, 2005.
#2: South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan attends a funeral for Lee Ku, the last direct heir to the throne of Korea's last dynasty, at the Changduk Palace in Seoul July 24, 2005.
#3: Crowds look at the funeral car during the funeral for Lee Ku, the last direct heir to the throne of Korea's last dynasty, at the Changduk Palace in Seoul July 24, 2005. A slice of Korea's royal history was revived on Sunday in a funeral for Lee Ku, who spoke almost no Korean and lived in obscurity in Japan. Lee died alone in a Japanese hotel room on July 16 and his body was transported to Seoul last week wrapped in a Korean national unity flag.
#4: Lee Ku (C), the last direct heir to the Korean throne, participates in the Grand Ancestral Rite in the Jongmyo, the main ancestral shrine of the Chosun Dynasty, in Seoul in this May, 2004 picture.
#5:Lee Ku (R), the last direct heir to the Korean throne, participates in the Grand Ancestral Rite in the Jongmyo, the main ancestral shrine of the Chosun Dynasty, in Seoul in this May, 2004 picture.
#6-7: Lee Won, an adopted son of Lee Ku, the last direct heir to the throne of Korea's last dynasty, attends the latter's funeral at the Changduk Palace in Seoul July 24, 2005.

mandyy 07-24-2005 02:47 AM

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#1: Photo taken in Seoul in November 1996 shows Lee Ku (R), the only son of the last crown prince of Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), who was found dead in a Japanese hotel on July 16, the Jeonju Lee Royal Family Members Foundation said on July 19. He was 74. Lee was born in 1931 as the second son of Crown Prince Lee Eun and the grandson of Emperor Gojong, the 26th monarch of Joseon who established the Daehan Empire.

#2:The keeper of the Imperial Yi (Chosun) Dynasty shrine looks out from its gate to watch a welcoming ceremony for Lee Ku, 65, the last heir of the dynasty who returned to Seoul from Japan 25 November, 1996. Lee Ku said that he would devote the rest of his life to unifying North and South Korea.

#3: Lee Ku, 65, the last heir to Korea's Ly (Chosun) Dynasty, emerges from the Seoul shrine of his ancestors, upon his return from Japan to Korea 25 November, 1996. Lee Ku, the childless son of Prince Yongchin, said that he would devote the rest of his life to unifying North and South Korea.
From newscom

rchainho 07-24-2005 09:53 AM

Royal line continues with adoption

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/20050...090409041.html

rchainho 07-24-2005 10:08 AM

'Last Princess' Denied Final Meeting With Ex-Husband
http://english.chosun.com/new/img/clear.gif
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/ht...507210015.html

mandyy 07-24-2005 01:24 PM

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Mr.Lee Won(R), an adopted son of Lee Ku, the last direct heir to the throne of Korea's last dynasty, attends the latter's funeral at the Changduk Palace in Seoul, Sunday 24 July 2005.
Photo from newscom

mandyy 07-24-2005 01:59 PM

Thousands Mourn Korea's Last Imperial Heir
http://www.gjsentinel.com/money/cont...al_Burial.html

bct88 07-28-2005 10:45 AM

Was his ex-wife, HIH Princess Julia Lee of Korea, in attendance at the funeral? I had heard that it was unsure if she would attend due to health reasons. Does anyone know if she did attend? And, if she was there, were there any photographs of her at the funeral ceremony? Thanks.

Warren 07-29-2005 02:51 AM

See post above
 
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Originally Posted by bct88
Was his ex-wife, HIH Princess Julia Lee of Korea, in attendance at the funeral?

See post above...

rchainho 'Last Princess' Denied Final...
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bct88 07-29-2005 09:56 AM

I looked at that post, and I read the article, and it does not say whether or not she was there. What the article does say is that,

"The company said it was not clear whether Mullock's failing health will permit her to attend the funeral scheduled for Sunday."
(http://english.chosun.com/w21data/ht...507210015.html)

It does not directly say whether she was there or not. What it says is that it would be unsure if she would attend. Was she there, or not?

Warren 07-29-2005 10:16 AM

Sorry!
 
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Originally Posted by bct88
I looked at that post, and I read the article, and it does not say whether or not she was there.

My apologies bct88!
I read on the ARMB there were reports Julia watched the funeral procession "from the sidelines", but without photos it is hard to determine whether this is true, or wishful thinking, or if it means she just watched it on TV. Sorry I can't help further.
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Warren 08-12-2005 02:54 AM

Updated Korean Imperial Family Tree
 
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Courtesy ARMB
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