November 19th, 2014

Suro of Geumgwan Gaya – a majestic and strong King

Tags: hurries to inform that Korean Post prepared for issuing a series of stamps honoring a legendary king - Kim Suro. He was the legendary founder and king of the state of Geumgwan Gaya in southeastern Korea. The issue is to be released on the 20th of November.

According to the founding legend of Geumgwan Gaya recorded in the 13th century texts of the chronicle Garakguk-gi of Samguk Yusa, King Suro was one of six princes born from eggs that descended from the sky in a golden bowl wrapped in red cloth. Suro was the firstborn among them and led the others in setting up 6 states while asserting the leadership of the Gaya confederacy.

Also according to legend, King Suro's queen Heo Hwang-ok was a princess from the Indian country of Ayuta. She is said to have arrived in Gaya by boat. They had ten sons and two daughters in all, two sons took their mother's family name. Ayuta is today often identified with Ayodhya in India, and the tale has gained modern significance in the light of the modern-day relations between Korea and India.

Kim Suro of Gaya Kingdom – Sheet of Stamps

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