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S Korean First Lady visits Queen Heo Memorial in Ayodhya, welcomes 'Ram Durbar'

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya (UP) 

South Korean Kim arrived in Tuesday to attend festivities in the holy city and began her tour by offering tribute at the Memorial.

Kim visited the site, along with Yogi Adityanath, and attended a ground-breaking ceremony for upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary of who went to Korea.

Later she went to the banks of the to welcome artists donning the avatar of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, who arrived at Ram Katha Park in a ceremonial chopper as part of 'Ram Durbar'.

Kim garlanded 'Sita' as they descended from the helicopter and and Adityanath welcomed Lord Ram and Laxman by garlanding them.

V K Singh also attended the grand event in

Kim's stand-alone visit to India, which began on November 4, has rekindled interest in the legendary who married a Korean

According to Korean legend, the of Ayodhya went to Korea in 48 AD and married

A large number of Koreans trace their ancestry to this legendary princess, who is known as Hwang-ok.

"The legend of Hwang-ok binds the two countries together culturally, and her visit will further promote our people-to-people ties," a at the cultural wing of the told

Huge hoardings, bearing message -- 'South Korean Kim - Welcome to Ayodhya ' and her picture, have been put up across the city.

An agreement regarding the Queen Memorial Project was signed to facilitate upgrade and expansion of the existing monument commemorating Princess (Queen Hur Hwang-ok).

In July, the two countries signed the agreement for expansion of the memorial project.

Uttam Das, a seer from Ayodhya, told PTI, "It was a matter of honour for Ayodhya that the she was visiting Ayodhya."

"A had gone there around 2,000 years ago, and now the is visiting Ayodhya, life has sort of come full circle," he said.

Lalji Tandon, South Korean also took part in the celebrations.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:15 IST