North Korea may not be known for its Pulitzer-prize winning journalists, but a recent news story published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is one for the record books. According to a report posted Friday on its news site, Korean archeologists have discovered a long sought-after unicorn lair.
Unicorns — the stuff of Harry Potter books — were evidently the steed of choice of King Tongmyong, who founded and ruled the Koguryo Kingdom in the third century B.C. At the time, the kingdom encompassed pieces of Korea and China. The lair, however, was rediscovered near Yongmyong Temple in Pyongyang City, which is the capitol of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (otherwise known as North Korea).
Archeologists from the Academy of Social Sciences of the country’s History Institute found a rock with the words “Unicorn Lair” carved into it, which the scientists believe dates back to the Koryo Kingdom (918-1392).
Though King Tongmyong ruled about a century earlier, the scientists are convinced the lair belonged to the king’s unicorn.
According to the KCNA, “The Sogyong [Pyongyang] chapter of the old book ‘Koryo History’ [a geographical book], said: ‘Ulmil Pavilion is on the top of Mt. Kumsu, with Yongmyong Temple, one of Pyongyang’s eight scenic spots, beneath it. The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn.’”
Who knows, perhaps the scientists will uncover next a centaur’s burrow, believed to be a neighbor of the unicorn, and if they’re lucky, also that elusive cavern into the dragon’s dungeon.