Chinese junipers grow in Ulleungdo Island and Japan as well as the central part of Korea.
They have a strong scent that is used in making incense.
They are planted as garden and park trees.The Chinese junipers in the precinct of Songgwangsa Temple are about 800 years old.
They stand side by side and the branches twine.
They are 12m tall and each have girths of 4.10m and 3.3m respectively.According to the legend, they grew from walkingsticks of Bojo, a national preceptor, and Damdang a national preceptor, two high-ranking Buddhist priests, who brought them from China and stuck them in the ground here.
Damdang was a prince of Goryeo and became a disciple of Bojo.
The figure of these trees look as if one is bowing down to the other, so that they are said to show the relationship between a teacher and his disciple.
Many people visit this place because of a legend which says that anybody who touches these trees will go to heaven.Since Chinese junipers in the precinct of Songgwangsa Temple have been under our ancestor's care and protection and are also valuable biologically, they are designated and protected as a natural monument.