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Ichon Hero Gingko Tree

Pyongyang, July 18 (KCNA) — There is some 720 years old hero gingko tree in Ichon Township of Ichon County, Kangwon Province of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

It, planted in 1282, has been called “hero gingko tree” from the period of the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953).

During the war, people there and military transport vehicles used to shelter themselves beneath the tree from the U.S. air raids.

One day in August Juche 41 (1952), a U.S. fighter spotted a truck of the Korean People’s Army hidden under the tree and attempted to attack it. But the fighter ran into the tree to be crashed. From then on, the people of Ichon have called the tree “hero gingko tree.”

By the collision, only one bough remained. Since then, the tree has shot out many branches to become exuberant.

The tree is 20 meters high, 7.8 meters in the circumference of the lower part of the trunk and 14 meters in diameter of its umbrella.

It opens flowers in the middle of April and bears some 100 kilograms of fruits every year.

The state has registered the tree as a natural monument.

Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/taver/15115616158/

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