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Ginkgo Forest Opens for First Time in 2 Decades Updated: 2011-10-31 12:00:00 KST

Ginkgo Forest Opens for First Time in 2 Decades
It's ginkgo galore in this forest located in the foothills of Odae Mountain.
The forest occupies an area of 43 thousand square meters and has been opened to the public for the first time in 20 years.
The size of the forest is about the size of a baseball stadium and many of the trees are over 30 years old.
The healthy trees are planted in a straight row five meters apart from one another and draw a string of visitors who can't resist walking along them to soak in the essence of fall.
Visitors say the experience is simply a breath of fresh air.
This place is dubbed the secret forest because it had been closed to the public all this time.
The owner recently opened it for free after nurturing the trees.
The visitors are made up of families from around the country, couples on a date and, photographers, who all want to capture the best moments of autumn.
The owner Yoo Gi-chun bought the abandoned land 20 years ago and planted ginkgo trees.
He opted for the trees because the soil wasn't right to be cultivated as an orchard.
The yellow hues of the gingko represent one highlight of autumn foliage and visitors keep coming in droves to view one of the best sceneries that the season has to offer.
Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.

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