4 Beautiful Monkey King

4 Beautiful Monkey King

Chinese character: 美
Chinese character: 猴
Chinese character: 王
Chinese character: 孫Simplified Chinese: 孙
Chinese character: 悟
Chinese character: 空


So far this week we learned the monkey is impatient, is warned by the killing of chickens, and is a king when there’s no tiger. Does Chinese has anything nice to say about the monkey?


Yes! Throughout 5,000 years of history, 1 monkey indeed won the heart of 1.3 billion Chinese people.


He is the Monkey King Sun Wukong: 美猴王孫悟空 (měi hóu wáng sūn wù kōng), literally beautiful (美) monkey (猴) king (王) Sun (孫, his Chinese surname) Wukong (悟空, the given name that means realized, 悟, the emptiness, 空).


The Monkey King Sun Wukong is a major character in the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West (西遊記, xī yóu jì). In the novel, he is a smart monkey born from a stone who has supernatural powers.


Kids in the West learn that the man in the yellow hat befriends Curious George in the jungle and the two set off on a fun-filled journey. Kids in the East learned that the Tang Dynasty monk in the yellow robe, Xuanzang (唐三藏, táng sān zàng), acquires the self-proclaimed Monkey King Sun Wukong as his disciple and the two set off on a journey to India, west from China, to retrieve the Buddhist sutras.

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