A dragon is an imaginary animal existed in Western and Eastern old stories. The appearance of dragons are drawn mostly common all over the world. They look like a snake or a lizard, however, their details are described little different depend on cultures and regions. In western Europe, dragons have a pair of wings and horns on their head or tail. In east Asia, dragons are portrayed more specific. East Asian dragons have four short legs and 81 scales on its body. They carry five dragon balls in their mouth and feet. Their colors are vary. They can fly but they do not have wings as Western dragons. They always move with clouds around their body. Since Asians have considered dragons as a holy animal with positive meanings, Asians have tried to describe it as much as possible.

     As mentioned above, dragons in Eastern culture are regarded as a holy and a positive animal. They have a supernatural power. In most Asian countries such as ancient India, Korea and Japan, Dragons are god of ocean, sky, earth water and fire. Also, Chinese people think  dragons rule a rain. Therefore, they pray for rains to dragons when they suffer from drought.

      In contrast, old Western people believe that dragons are a scary animal even though they have a supernatural power as dragons in Eastern cultures. Because snakes are considered as an evil creature in Europe and dragons look like a snake. The view of Christian religion, a dragon is appeared as a devil which fights against angels in the New Testament. In the middle age story, Geourgious, a guard of knights, win over a dragon. However, Vikings believed dragons are god of war. Therefore, they carve a dragon on their shields and a head of their ship.

Satbyul Hong