There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up. However,everymorning their shoes were found tobe broken as if they had been danced in all night. Nobody could find out how it happened, or where the princesses had been.
So the king made it known to all the land that if any person could discover the secret and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. He could marry to one of his daughters.
Many princes tried to find out where the princess went at night but nobody succeeded.
One day there was a young man from other kingdom came. On his way, he met an old woman. The woman wanted to cross the river but she was too weak to do so. He took the woman's on his back and cross the rough river. The woman was happy and she thanked to the young man. The woman told the man to find what happened to the twelve princesses. She gave the man a magic hat. The hat would make him invisible. She told him to refuse all the drink given by the princess.
The young man met the king and told him that he accepted the King's challenge. The king gave him a bed room next to the princesses's bed room. In the evening one of the princesses gave him a drink. He pretended to drink it and went to bed.
At night suddenly he heard the princesses' door open. He took his hat and followed the twelve princesses. He saw twelve princes took the princesses to a very beautiful place. it is a golden palace. The trees and flowers of the palace were made of gold. he picked one of the leaves and put it in his pocket. At three o'clock in the morning, the twelve princesses went back to their bedroom.
The young man met the king and told him what made the twelve princesses' shoes broken. He gave the king the gold leaf from the golden palace. The king was satisfied with the young man. He married to the youngest princesses and became the next king.