Hamel Ginkgo (photo Jos Henrichs)

The Hamel Ginkgo tree in Gangjin-gun, a city in the South-Jeolla province. Hendrick Hamel, a Dutch sailor who was shipwrecked and held captive in Korea between 1653 and 1666, is supposed to have been sitting under this tree during his imprisonment.
Hamel was the first Westerner to write about Korea.
This tree is about 800 years old.

Large Ginkgo (natural monument)  in Nongso-ri village,
Gumi city in the South Gyeongsang province. 
Trunk of the Ginkgo in Gumi.
photos: Jos Henrichs

Buseoka temple

Ginkgo trees line the main gate to Buseoksa,
The Temple of the Floating Stone.
Photo: Mark Daily

Korea stamp

Korea stamp 1992 with Ginkgo biloba


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