Dongbackjung Camellia Forest

 


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(Natural Monument No. 169)


 A legend goes that about 400 years ago, a navy commander in charge of the area around Maryang-ri received a spiritual calling that he should build an altar to pray for safe sailing on the sea.
So he constructed an altar to perform religious services and also planted camellia trees around the altar. Those trees grew and have formed a present spectacular forest.

 The forest covers 23,145 and houses 85 fully-grown large camellia trees. In every April, the camellia trees display their flowers in full bloom. There is a traditional Korean pavilion called "Camellia Pavilion" on the hill.


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