Happy 4344th Birthday Korea!!

Today (October 3rd) is Gaecheonjol in Korea, often referred to as National Foundation Day. This day marks the creation of the state of Gojoseon, the first kingdom of ancient Korea.

According to Korean legend Hwanin was the Emperor of Heaven, and every day his son, Hwanung, would gaze down to earth and cry. He was worried about the fate of the humans and wished to bring peace, justice and order to them. So Hwanin allowed his son and 3000 followers to descend to earth. They arrived at Mount Taebaek, in modern day North Korea, and founded a thriving city. It was there that a tiger and a bear approached him, asking if he could make them human. Hwanung is said to have given them 20 cloves of garlic, telling them that whichever one ate only this garlic for 100 days would be granted the wish of becoming human. The tiger soon became impatient and gave up but the bear persevered, and on the 101st day the bear became a woman. Hwanung made the woman his wife, and they had a child named Dangun Wanggeom. On this day in 2333 BC Dangun went on to become the founder of Gojoseon, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Have a good one Korea, you don’t look a day over 4343!

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