S. Korea's first lady to celebrate diwali in her ancestral hometown 'Ayodhya'
Ayodhya: The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has invited South Korea’s First Lady, Kim Jung-Sook, to grace the Diwali celebration in her ancestral hometown, Ayodhya.
Kim Jung-Sook, will arrive in Lucknow at Amausi Airport, today evening. A grand lunch will be organised in her honour by UP CM Yogi.
She will stay here to celebrate three-day long mega Diwali celebration, from November 4 and 6. The event will be attended by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik, CM Yogi, cabinet ministers and thousands of devotees. The river Sarayu will be lit with thousands of diyas (earthen lamps) in the evening of the third day.
Interestingly, more than six million Koreans trace their lineage to an Indian princess Hur Hwang-ok. It is said that princess Hoe, who hailed from Ayodhya, married king of South Korea in AD 48.
A foundation stone for the ‘Queen Suriratna Memorial Project’ in honor of the princess will be laid in the presence of the First Lady of South Korea.
“While on my tour abroad, I was amazed when I learned that the people in Korean peninsula identify Indians as their maternal cousins. On further query, I was told of the legendary fact that a princess from Ayodhya in India was married to a prince in Korea in the medieval era and the people still consider India as the maternal of their mother queen. We wish to strengthen our relationships on this popular sentiment of the people of Korea and likewise there are many historical instances of Indian relation with the countries in the east,” Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said on the occasion of the first Indo-ASEAN youth awards, in Delhi.
An international ‘Sister City’ agreement was signed between India and South Korea in 2001 to strengthen this linkage.
Thousands of South Koreans visit Ayodhya to pay homage to Queen Hur Hwang-ok. According to ancient records that she reached Korea on a boat, and was the first queen of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya. She was a 16-year-old when she got married and was the first queen of the Gaya Kingdom of Korea.
S. Korea recently honored Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving international cooperation and raising global economic growth with its prestigious award ‘Seoul Peace Prize 2018’.