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    • Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
    • Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
    • Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
    • Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
    • Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
    • Gingko tree in the Confucian shrine of Seoul
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 Classification Natural Monument   59
 Name of Cultural
 Properties
Ginkgo Tree of Munmyo Confucian Shrine, Seoul
 Kind of Cultural
 Properties
 Quantity 1,256㎡ (Protected area)
 Designated Date 1962.12.03
 Address 25-1, Sungkyunkwan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  Jongno-gu  Seoul
 Age
 Owner
 Manager Seoul
 Description Found in Japan, China and Korea, the gingko tree was introduced to Korea along with Confucianism and Buddhism from China.

In fall it produces beautiful leaves that are resistant to insect damage.

As ginkgo trees provide broad leafy shade, they are often planted in arbors or by roadsides.

This 400-year-old ginkgo tree is located around Myeongnyundang lecture hall of Munmyo Confucian Shrine near Sungkyunkwan University.

It is about 26m in height and has a girth of 12.09m.

The tree has nicely spread branches, and is notable for its well-developed yuju (a deformed root shaped like knots).

It is presumed that the tree was originally planted when the Munmyo Confucian Shrine was rebuilt in 1602, having been burnt down during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592.

The ginkgo tree at the Munmyo Confucian Shrine in Seoul has been well preserved for several centuries, making it an important material for biology research.

It has been designated as Natural Monument (No.

59).
 
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