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Gimje Jongeok-ri Wangbeodeul

National Treasures/Treasures
Location 1 pil 299-1etc Bongnam-myeon, Gimje-si
Classification Natural Monument No.296
Date of Designation 1982. 11. 4
Period Baekje Dynasty (King Beob, 1st year)

This Wangbeodeul (or willow tree) is located on the embankments of Weonpyeongcheon, which flows just south of the Seongdeok Village. The tree is estimated to be around 490 years old, and is the oldest willow tree in Korea. It's height is 20m and it's girth (measured at 1m from the ground) is 9m. The girth of the crown is about 27m.

The people of Seongdeok Village regard the tree as a guardian, and just until a few years ago, the residents performed rituals on the first full moon according to the lunar calendar. Many people from the village blame the absence of the rituals as a reason for any bad luck, and several voices argue that the rituals must be restored.

Gimje Haengchon-ri Neutinamu

National Treasures/Treasures
Location 230-2 Dongryeong Village Haengchon-ri, Bongnam-myeon Gimje-si
Classification Natural Monument No.280
Date of Designation 1982. 11. 4
Period -

The Neutinamu (or Zelkova tree) is located at the northern end of the Dongryeong Village, and is estimated to be around 540 years old. It was designated as a natural monument on November 3, 1982. The tree is not only old, but is also enormous in size. It has a height of 20m, girth (measured at 1m from the ground) of 10m, and a total area of 425. The tree splits into 4 branches at the point of 4m. The branch on the northwestern side was burnt down a few years ago, by children playing with fire. Several tales on the tree exist, and have been told for many years. According to one of them, a year of good harvest awaits when the leaves are green and wide, and a year of bad harvest awaits when the leaves are the other way around.

In addition, there are several boulders (named together as Chilseongbawi) lying right next to the tree. There is a saying that a rebel might have been born if the boulders were just a little bit bigger. The people of the village regard the tree as a guardian, and perform a ritual on Ohsi (around 11:30a.m to 12:30p.m) of the third day of the first month, according to the lunar calendar. They pray for a year of peace and good luck.