are legendary creatures
in Korean mythology
.The style of the dragon was heavily influenced by the Chinese dragon
. Although generally comparable with Chinese dragons
in appearance and symbolic significance, Korean dragons have unique culture-specific properties that differentiate them from dragons
in other cultures
Whereas most dragons in European mythology
are generally related to the elements of fire and destruction, dragons in Korean mythology are mostly viewed as benevolent beings related to water and agriculture, often considered bringers of rain and clouds
. Hence, many Korean dragons are said to have resided in rivers, lakes, oceans, or even deep ponds within mountains.
The symbol of the dragon has been used extensively, both in Korean mythology and ancient Korean art.
Ancient texts sometimes mention sentient speaking
dragons, capable of understanding such complex emotions such as devotion, kindness, and gratitude. One particular Korean legend speaks of the great King Munmu
, who on his deathbed wished to become a "Dragon of the East Sea in order to protect Korea".
The Korean dragon was said to have certain specific traits, generally like the Chinese dragon, but it developed a longer beard. It is in many ways very similar in appearance to dragons of Chinese and Japanese mythology.
Very occasionally a dragon may be depicted as carrying a dragon orb
known as the Yeouiju (여의주) in one or more of its claws. Modeled... Read More