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Areong

by Charles La Shure
First queen of Shilla. When Pak Hyeokkeose was born, the elders decided that a suitable wife needed to be found. On that day, in Saryang village there appeared a strange creature that was a cross between a chicken and a dragon (Korean: kyeryong). From it's left side a girl was born. She was a beautiful child, but she had the beak of a chicken. When she was taken to be bathed, however, the beak fell off. The child took her name from the Areong well next to which she was born, and she was married to Pak Hyeokkeose when she reached the age of thirteen.

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