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South Korean first lady inaugurates memorial to first century queen in India

7 November 2018

South Korean First Lady, Kim Jung-sook, inaugurated a memorial of a first century queen, Heo Hwang-ok, in the northern temple town of Ayodhya on Tuesday. Ayodhya, known as the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram, holds special significance for both nations.
It is believed that Indian princess Suriratna, also known as Heo Hwang-ok, travelled to Korea in 48 A.D. and married a local king Kim Suro, the legendary founder of the Karak dynasty and king of the state of Geumgwan Gaya in southeastern Korea. Kim who is on a four-day visit to India, also participated in the celebrations of Hindu festival of light Diwali and prayed for prosperity between the two nations.