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.
The ginkgo tree of Guryang-ri is located in the middle of a rice field in Jungri Village, Guryang-ri, Ulju, and is presumed to be 559 years old.
The tree is about 22.5m in height and has a girth of 8.37m.
According to a local story about the tree, around 500 years ago an official named Yi Pan-yun resigned from government service in Seoul and returned to his hometown with this ginkgo tree, which he planted near his own pond.
It also used to be said that if a woman prayed to this tree for a son, her prayer would be answered.
The ginkgo tree of Guryang-ri has been well preserved by our ancestors.
Therefore, the tree is designated and protected as a Natural Monument (No.