Oriental cork oak trees grow Japan, China, and Korea.
The characteristic of these trees is to develop cork on branches.
They grow well in a dry place which face the south or in a rocky place.
Especially, many of them are growing in Gangwon-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do.
The bark of this tree is used as cork and the fruits are used for making jellies.The oriental cork oak tree in Uljin is about 300 years old.
It is 20m long and has a girth of 5.94m.
In 1959, Typhoon Sarah broke away its southward branches and damaged the trunk.
Thus it looks weak now.
According to the tradition, this tree was planted by the great Buddhist, "Uisang".
And the tree is said to have offered refuge to king fleeing from enemy forces.Since the oriental cork oak tree in Uljin has been under our ancestors' care and protection and is valuable biologically and historically, it is designated and protected as a natural monument.