The ties between Ayodhya and Korean Queen Heo Hwang-ok revolve around a historical connection dating back to 48 A.D. According to the legend, Queen Heo, originally named Suriratna, was a princess from Ayodhya who married King Kim Suro of Korea, thereby establishing the Karak dynasty. This connection has fostered a deep cultural bond between India and Korea, evident in the significant number of Koreans tracing their lineage to this union. The significance of this tie has been highlighted in modern times through various cultural exchanges, the establishment of the Queen Huh Memorial Park in Ayodhya, and the designation of Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities. The story, however, is subject to debate regarding its historical accuracy, with various interpretations and a lack of concrete evidence. Despite this, the narrative continues to play a crucial role in the cultural and diplomatic relations between India and South Korea, with potential for further strengthening these ties through ongoing research and cultural exchange.
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