Living monuments add beauty to mountain
Korea, which has been called a silk-embroidered land of three thousand ri from olden times for its high mountains and clear water, is blessed with living monuments.
Mt Myohyang, one of the six celebrated mountains of Korea, has many living monuments which add more to its scenery.
Dozens of objects including wild mulberry, ash tree and pine tree on Mt Myohyang are protected as national living monuments.
Especially, the wild mulberry growing in the courtyard of Pohyon Temple is the tallest and oldest tree among the same species in the country. It is the country’s treasure of educational and academic value, promoting the natural scenery of the mountain.
Designated as a living monument in January 1980, the tree is known to have been planted in around 1680.
It is 14.6 metres tall, 4 metres around at the bottom and 3 metres around at the height of 1 metre and its crown is 16.9 metres wide from east to west and 15.1 metres wide from north to south.
The ash tree grows near the Myohyang Stream a little away from Pohyon Temple and it looks like two trees standing together as its trunk forks into two. Growing with other species of trees, it is estimated to have taken root in around 1870.
The tree was designated as a living monument in January 1980. It is 24.4 metres tall, 3.6 metres around at the bottom and 3 metres around at the height of 1 metre and its crown is 15.7 metres wide from east to west and 14.1 metres wide from north to south.
Other living monuments on Mt Myohyang include Rhododendron yedoense group that is in full bloom between April and May, a pine tree whose trunk and bark are typically reddish, flying squirrel, Ryongyon Falls in Sangwon Valley and Chonju Rock.