Legends and Myths
Historians believe that the Princess of Ayodhya is only a myth. Some historians are of the view that the princess perhaps came from Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. On the other hand, it has been noted that Ayuta, mentioned in the Samguk Yusa, could not be the ancient capital of Thailand as Ajudhya came into prominence in the 14th century, whereas the Samguk Yusa is believed to date back to the 13th century. The ancient city of Ayodhya in northern India was an important centre of Buddhism with monasteries founded during the Mauryan and Gupta periods of Indian history. A mission sent to Koguryo in 372 CE by one of the kings of the Chinese Qin Dynasty marked the first entry of Buddhism in the Korean peninsula. The spiritual bonds of Buddhism continue to provide sustenance to the warm sentiments of friendship and empathy between the people of present-day Republic of Korea (ROK) and India.