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North Korea claims discovery of ancient unicorn lair

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that the country’s archaeologists have confirmed the existence of a unicorn lair.

Not just any unicorn lair, mind you, but the ancient lair of Koguryo Kingdom founder King Tongmyong’s unicorn.

The Korean Central News Agency indicates that said unicorn lair was in Pyongyang City, 200 meters from Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill. The lair reportedly features a rock, carved with the words “Unicorn Lair” in front.

Jo Hui Sung, the director History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, whose archeologists have supposedly “reconfirmed” the existence of the lair, told KCNA that the discovery affirms that Pyongyang was a capital city of ancient Korea and Koguryo Kingdom, which existed from B.C. 277 to A.D. 668, according to the news agency.

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

“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,” Sung continued. “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.”

To be sure, the country could also be trying to get back at the wily Americans who thought it was funny to mock North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the humor paper The Onion.

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