Hackberry tree in ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ draws visitors to small village

Hackberry tree in ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ draws visitors to small village

A hackberry tree sits atop Dongbu Village in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, which is witnessing a large number of visitors after it was recently featured in the series “Extraordinary Attorney Woo.” The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) decided to review whether to designate it as a natural monument. Courtesy of CHA

By Kim Rahn

A small rural village in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, has seen a surge in visitors after the recent appearance of a large celtis sinensis in the hit series extraordinary attorney Wu.

The 500-year-old tree was featured in episodes 7 and 8 last week, and a road construction plan that bisected the village damaged a fictitious village called Sodokdon and required logging. On a small hill in the middle of the
village, the so-called “guardian tree” symbolizes the value of the village in the ENA drama.

A government-led review to designate a tree as a natural monument cancels construction plans and saves the village.

Actually, Enoki is located in Tobu Village, Takebe-ri, Changwon City. The tree, 16 meters high and 6.8 meters in circumference, was put under the protection of the local government in 2015.

A scene from the ENA series, “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” where the characters sit under the hackberry tree / Captured from Park Eun-bin’s Instagram

After the episode aired, the number of visitors suddenly surged in a sleepy village of about 70 people, and photos of the visit were posted on many blogs and social networks.

While the villagers were holding a wooden sign at the entrance to the village, the Changwon city government was on the move to promote the new landmark. According to the official blog, the hill overlooks Toe Village and part of the Nakdong River beyond.

Due to the new attention, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) has decided to consider whether the tree is worth designating as a natural landmark.

“We believe that trees are valuable as cultural heritage, given their shape, age and growth conditions,” CHA said in a news release on Monday. “Soon we will start meeting with experts, local government officials and residents to decide whether to designate it as a natural landmark.”


Credit/Source : KoreaTimes

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