“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” has proven to be the most dominating Korean drama to its very final week. Not only has the show brought a breakthrough transformation to the nation’s mindset in education, but it has also significantly impacted tourism in South Korea. As a result, one of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” filming locations, the iconic Hackberry Tree, will soon become South Korea next natural national monument.
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” Hackberry Tree to Become South Korea Natural National Monument
ENA’s breakthrough series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, has brought yet another huge impact on South Korean tourism with its iconic hackberry tree.
The giant ancient hackberry tree first appeared in episodes 7 and 8 of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, which aired on July 21. The drama depicted the hackberry tree as a guardian angel, which has protected the village for centuries.
Then, when a road construction plan put the tree in danger of being cut down and wiped out, the government decided to initiate a review to turn the hackberry tree into a South Korea natural monument. As a result, the review halted the construction plan and saved both the village and the tree.
Today, the South Korean government plans to turn the story into reality.
On August 25, South Korea Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) officially announced that they would soon turn this “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” iconic hackberry tree into a natural national monument.
About The Iconic Hackberry Tree
Following the rising excitement of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, there seems to be an increasing interest in the iconic hackberry tree. Since its first appearance in the drama, people have become interested in the ancient legendary tree that has become the village’s safe haven.
In reality, the “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” hackberry tree belongs to the Dongbu Village in Bukbu-ri. It is a 500-year-old tree located on top of a small hill in a rural area just about 20 miles outside Busan. The iconic ancient tree measures 50 ft. tall and 20 ft. in circumference. It is large enough for 4 to 5 adults to hold hands and surround it with a crown spread of 88.5 ft.
In 2015, the local government decided to put the ancient tree under their protection due to its great location and growth condition.
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” and Its Impact on the Village’s Tourism
After the hackberry tree appeared in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, the sleeping village and its approximately 36 households and 70 residents finally woke up.
People began wondering about the massive iconic ancient tree in the drama, especially after actress Park Eun Bin posted its photos on her official Instagram.
The village’s popularity rose immediately after tourists, both domestic and international, started visiting the tree, with photos of their visits circulated on blogs and social networking sites. The villagers then began putting up signs of the iconic hackberry tree at the village entrance, while the local government started actively promoting the new landmark.
The Hackberry Tree and Its Values as a South Korea National Natural Monument
Eventually, as a reflection of the national interest, the Cultural Heritage Administration began a thorough investigation. This investigation aims to turn the hackberry tree into South Korea national natural monument.
According to the committee, the hackberry tree in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” was unique and beautiful, particularly with its wide crown shape.
Moreover, the investigation also revealed that the hackberry tree held significant historical and cultural values. For example, it stands next to a Danseonam temple that had existed for many years.
And apparently, there is an ancient legacy involving a traditional village ritual or ‘dangsanje’. The villagers hold this ritual annually on the 10th lunar month, which is confirmed by historical records and verbal testimonies.
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” Brings Changes to The Hackberry Tree and Its Surrounding Village
Finally, the ongoing investigation from the Cultural Heritage Administration will take approximately 30 days. During this time, the committee plans to receive as many opinions as possible from the people involved. That is especially knowing that there will be crucial changes to the surrounding village when the hackberry tree is officially a national natural monument in South Korea.
If the plan carries out successfully, Changwon City will undergo massive changes. They will be able to carry out various projects, including protection, maintenance of the environment, and improvement in the convenience facilities to support the city’s tourism and living situation.
At the same time, there will be a restriction on the 500-meter preservation area surrounding the monument. Within this area, specific rules will apply for building activities. And that includes existing house extensions and remodeling and new house constructions.
Where to Visit?
To visit the “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” hackberry tree, you can start by making your way to the Dongbu Village of Changwon City. It is located only 20 miles just outside of South Korea’s southern port city of Busan.
Once you have reached the village, you will easily find the tree. After all, villagers have put various signs and directions throughout the eastern village to ease your tree-searching efforts.
Unfortunately, there is no parking site available near the tree. That is why you will have to park your vehicle near the village and walk your way up to find the legendary hackberry tree of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”.
But no worries! You will delight yourself and enjoy the beautiful scenery and gorgeous murals of “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” iconic whales along your way,
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