calendar>>November 21 2012 Juch 101
Horse Riding, Hobby of Korean Nation
Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- From olden times Koreans have been fond of horse riding while massively raising speedy horses.

In this regard, Kim Ha Il, a researcher of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, told KCNA:

People of Koguryo Kingdom (277 B.C.-668 A.D.) had much enjoyed hunting, martial arts and physical training on horseback from their childhood. Such practices can be seen at Koguryo tomb murals preserved still now.

At that time, they grazed many horses and beefed up the cavalry, displaying the national strength. Typical of Koguryo's forces was the Kaema troop (military unit of iron-clad persons and horses). Invaders were very afraid of combat with this unit and other countries took pains to introduce the unit's outfits and combat method.

Horsemanship was also greatly encouraged in the period of Koguryo and developed up to the period of Palhae Kingdom and then Koryo Kingdom period, having a strong impact on other countries. It is well illustrated by a picture on horsemanship drawn by Japanese, which is now preserved at the Koryo Art Museum in Kyoto of Japan.

The Korean nation's tradition of horse riding, which had been inherited in thousands of years, will greet a new era of revival with sports atmosphere pervading the country.

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