Ginkgo Tree at Jeokcheonsa

Ginkgo Tree at Jeokcheonsa

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A tree of mysterious power embracing the millennial history of Jeokcheonsa Temple

This tree stands as a guardian at the entrance of Jeokcheonsa Temple. Legend has it that the tree regenerated from the stick that the Great Buddhist, Bojo Guksa used and stuck into the ground after he renovated the temple. In front of the tree stands a stone monument that was erected in honor of the monk's own planting. This tree is among the three attractions of  Jeokcheonsa Temple along with Buddha's picture called Gwaebul (Treasure No. 1432) and Four Guardian Gods' Statues called Sacheonwang-Sang.
The ginkgo tree is estimated to be approximately 800 to 1,000 years old. The bottom girth of the tree is big enough for 4 to 5 adults to stretch out their arms around it. At a height of 3m, the tree has its branches in three directions, turning out a lot of fruit in autumn.
A big ginkgo tree is seldom in a beautiful shape, but its shape is exquisite. Its buds and hump-like protrusions are particularly well developed. It is a part of our natural heritage of great religious and cultural-historical value.