A deeply strange item from KCNA, North Korea's official news agency:
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 (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).
The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair.
Something of a give-away, that.
The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392).
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 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."
It's important to know that, in spite of the same word being used for both in the translations, the Korean concept of this mythical creature diverges nigh completely from our concept of the horse-with-a-horn. In Korean, the word for "unicorn" is Qilin, and they actually look more like this. And this.
Even if they're not our horned horses, they're still super mythical, leaving many in the international community asking, "um, what?" And more importantly, "Why does Pyongyang want its citizens to believe in unicorns?" Everything Pyongyang since its founding as the capital of North Korea serves its nation's most bizarre of propaganda machines, and the lair of King Tongmyong's legendary pets found outside the nation's capital is no exception.
As Jo Hui Sung's remarks demonstrate, it's all about establishing Pyongyang's credentials as the real, original, capital of Korea.