What does the legend say?
According to the legend, Princess Suriratna, also known as Heo Hwang-ok, went to Korea in 48 AD, some 2000 years ago, and started the Karak dynasty by marrying a local king.
Some Chinese-language texts claim that the then King of Ayodhya had a dream where God ordered him to send his 16-year-old daughter to South Korea to marry King Kim Suro.
A popular South Korean book comprising fables and historical stories, Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), mentions that Queen Hwang-ok was the princess of “Ayuta” kingdom.
The royal couple prospered. They had 10 sons and both lived to be over a 150 years old.
An anthropologist named Kim Byung-mo Ayuta appeared to confirm the widely held belief that Ayuta was actually Ayodhya, as the two names are phonetically similar.
But there is no clear evidence to show that the princess even actually existed.
“Her origin story is considered to be mythical and is not considered to be history by academics,” says David Cann of the BBC’s Korean Service.
“There have been several fictional renditions of the story as there is plenty of room for imagination.”