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5 Korean Mythological Creatures

2. Haechi

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Or Haetae. You would probably see this a lot if you’ve been to Seoul, Japan and even more so China. But this is the symbolic icon of Seoul. The creature looks like a lion with horns on its forehead. It wears a bell on its neck and the body is covered with scales.

The haechi is known to be a sort of protector from bad omen and natural disasters. So most of the statues you’d find in Seoul would have a deeper meaning to it rather than just a decoration almost like the gargoyle statues found on top of buildings.

But apparently, other than protecting from natural disasters, they are known to eat children as well.

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