North Korea ‘Archaeologists’ Claim Discovery of an Ancient Unicorn Lair

Archaeologists in North Korea have apparently discovered a mythical unicorn lair belonging to an ancient king, according to a highly dubious report from the state news agency.

The quite unbelievable claim of the discovery of the unicorn lair belonging to King Tongmyong, founder of the ancient Korean kingdom Koguryo was made by the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences. Photo: Rob Boudon/Flickr

Normally, North Korea’s official state news agency is the place to go for reports ranging from the reclusive totalitarian state’s unparalleled scientific achievements to the limitless love which its inhabitants reserve for their successive leaders.

However, it’s been recently reported that North Korean archaeologists, well known throughout North Korea but nowhere else for being the most amazing archaeologists in the entire world, have discovered the lair of a unicorn. Yes, unicorns have lairs, and anyone who tells you differently is perpetuating western imperialist dogma.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, the lair the mythical creature is located 200 meters (about 219 yards) from the Yongmyong Temple in Pyongyang. A rock that sits in front of the lair contains carvings that some believe date back to the period of the Koryo Kingdom (918-1392), the outlet notes.

The report claims, 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 old book ‘Sinjungdonggukyojisungnam’ (Revised Handbook of Korean Geography) complied in the 16th century wrote that there is a lair west of Pubyok Pavilion in Mt. Kumsu.

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.

The report was also used to score propaganda points over the regime’s rivals in South Korea as it claimed the Northern part of the country once dominated the whole peninsula.

There has been speculation that the report may be a spoof response to the Onion’s satirical article declaring that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is “the sexiest man alive for 2012”.

That article attracted worldwide attention after China’s Communist Party newspaper apparently neglected to confirm it was a joke and published it as fact, says the Sky News.

The state news agency has a history of unbelievable claims apparently reported seriously. It should be noted that North Korea’s propaganda machine is famous for churning out unusual stories, including the details of Kim Jon Il’s “divine birth” and the “peculiar natural wonders” that occurred as the Earth mourned the death of the Dear Leader.

Actually the late leader’s official biography claimed that his birth in Baekdu mountain was prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.

As it is stated in the Huffington Post, while still alive, Kim also reportedly invented the hamburger, wrote 1,500 books in college and when he first picked up a golf club in 1994, at North Korea’s only golf course, and magically shot a 38-under par round that included no fewer than 11 holes in one.

On the other hand, unicorn sightings around the world crop up from time to time, including one last January In Canada that was eventually revealed to be a publicity stunt.


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