Korean - Son of the ruler of heaven. Father of Tan'gun. Accompanied by three ministers and some 3,000 spirits, Hwanung descended from heaven, landing on the Great White Mountain at a spot he named Sacred City, and took over the kingship of the earth. A bear and a tiger both asked Hwanung to change them into humans. He gave them herbs to eat but only the bear changed, becoming a woman. She prayed for a mate by the sandalwood tree near to the spot where Hwanung had landed and Hwanung changed into human form and married her. Their son was called Tan'gun. On occassion, identified as Hwanung, Hwan Ung or Hwan Ung.

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