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Seondeok: Queen of Silla 1 of 3 Kingdom’s of Korea who could tell the future & built the very 1rst recorded observatory

“Star-Gazing Tower”

So this must be the story of the 3 Queens right? Nah not really. 
Queen Seondeok (Sondok) ruled the ancient kingdom of Silla from 632 to 647 CE and was the first female sovereign in ancient Korea. Silla was on the verge of dominating the whole of the Korean peninsula and Seondeok helped progress her kingdom towards this goal. During Queen Sondok’s reign she help Buddhism flourish and also built the oldest standing astronomical observatory in Asia “Cheomseongdae”

She was chosen due the main ranking system, because their was no male heir the next highest social level was the sacred bone class. Her father king Jinpyeong believed she was destined to be heir because of her first vision of the future.

1rst vision
She looked into a gift given to her father of peony seeds and a painting of what the flower would look like when grown, stating (these will have no smell). Having not known of these flowers before, this foresight came true when the flowers grew and gave off no scent because peony flowers do not have one.

2nd vision

She overheard a horde of white frogs croaking by the Jade Gate pond. This was interpreted as an impending attack from the rival Baekje Kingdom. The croaking frogs were seen as angry soldiers and white symbolized the west in astronomy at the Women’s Valley where the Jade Gate is also associated w/ women. She sent her generals to the Women’s Valley to inspect and they were able to capture two thousand Baekje soldiers secretly waiting there.

3rd vision

Before she died, she ordered a specific burial “When I die, bury me near the Dori-cheon “Heaven of Grieved Merits”. Decades after her death, the 13th king Munmu of Silla constructed the “Temple of the Four Heavenly Kings” inside her tomb, there they found one of the Buddha’s sayings, “Dori-cheon is above the Sacheonwang-cheon” and was this was thought to have been done by the Queen.

Seondeok was succeeded by another queen, named Chindok, who followed in her cousin’s footsteps and helped Silla dominate the Korean peninsula, but that’s another story about another queen…

RYNO-666 of RYNO666.COM

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