North Korea discovers unicorn lair

North Korea Claims Discovery Of Unicorns: Take It With A Grain Of Salt

Pyongyang – Archaeologists in North Korea are claiming that they have discovered the lair of the mythical unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom.

“Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom,” reports the Korean Central News Agency. This isn’t an Onion story, either. This is an honest-to-goodness report from the state media organization.

But they can’t be serious, can they? Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA:

“Korea’s history books deal with the unicorn, considered to be ridden by King Tongmyong, and its lair.

“The Sogyong (Pyongyang) chapter of the old book ‘Koryo History’ (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.

“The discovery of the unicorn lair, associated with legend about King Tongmyong, proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea as well as Koguryo Kingdom.”

Oh, there it is. North Korea is making a broad political point here. Or, as The Atlantic Wire believes, maybe this is revenge on The Onion for naming Kim Jong-un the Sexiest Man Alive.

We should also note that our idea of a unicorn is different than that of a Korean idea of a unicorn. Theirs is called the Qlin, and it looks like this.

What do you think? Could North Koreans have discovered a unicorn lair or are they blowing smoke up our you-know-whats?

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