Korean ''HaeTae''


According to Korean records, Haetae's body is shaped like a lion and has a horn on its forehead. It has a bell in its neck, and the body is covered with scales. It lives in the frontier areas of Manchuria.

In ancient Korea, Haetae sculptures were used in architecture during the early Joseon dynasty, as their image was trusted to be able to protect Hanyang (now Seoul) from natural disasters and to give law and order among the populace.

In English, it is called "the Unicorn-lion" or "an omniscient mythical beast".

contents from-''An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture - 233 traditional key words by The National Academy of the Korean Language''


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