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 Classification Natural Monument   84
 Name of Cultural
Ginkgo Tree of Yogwang-ri, Geumsan
 Kind of Cultural
Old Big Tree
 Quantity 1 Tree(3,833㎡)
 Designated Date 1962.12.03
 Address 329-8, Yogwang-ri, Chubu-myeon  Geumsan-gun  Chungcheongnam-do
 Owner Geumsan-gun
 Manager Geumsan-gun
 Description A ginkgo tree can be as old as a fossil.

The tree was introduced along with Confucianism and Buddhism from China.

The trees are found in Japan, China and Korea.

The ginkgo tree has beautiful leaves in fall which are not damaged by harmful insects.

The ginkgo tree provides large, dark shade.

Therefore, it is often planted as an arbor or a roadside tree.The ginkgo tree of Geumsan is about 1,000 years old.

Its height is about 24m, and its girth is about 12.93m.

This ginkgo tree is hollow like a cave because of the rot trunk.

This ginkgo tree had spread nicely, but the branches on the south and east sides of the tree were broken.

The villagers made tables and coffins with those broken branches for three years.

About 500 years ago, an ancestor of the O's family built the pavilion under the ginkgo tree, and named it "the ginkgo tree arbor".

The arbor doesn't exist any longer, and the site of the arbor is in the fields now.

According to the legend, when a dull child stands under this ginkgo tree at night, he becomes bright.

When an old man eats boiled leaves of this ginkgo tree, he stops coughing.

Also, if a woman who wants to have her baby prays to this ginkgo tree, she will get a young son.

Besides, this ginkgo tree makes sounds whenever misfortunes happen in the village or country.

The person believing in the above stories prays to this ginkgo tree for New Year’s good luck at midnight on January 13 by the lunar calendar.The ginkgo tree in Geumsan has been kept well by descendants for a long time.

Since the ginkgo tree is valuable in biology, it is designated and protected as a natural monument.