|Jeongipum Pine Tree (보은 속리 정이품송)|
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|This 600-year-old pine tree stands at the entrance to Mt. Songnisan (속리산) in Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do. This old tree, designated as Natural Monument No. 103, is 15 meters in height and 4.5 meters in girth. Its branches stretch 10.3 meters to the east, 9.6 meters to the west and 10 meters to the north. Shaped like an open umbrella, this pine tree has long been the symbol of Mt. Songnisan, and has even been awarded the title of a Jeongipum grade official of the Joseon Court.
King Sejo visited Onyang Hot Spring and Mt. Songnisan in 1464 to cure an illness. While passing under this tree, he looked up and saw that his royal sedan chair was about to be ensnared in the tree’s branches. As he called for his bearers to look out, the branches suddenly lifted for the royal procession to proceed. On his way to Seoul, King Sejo was also able to take shelter from a rain shower under this tree. Therefore, he bestowed upon the tree the ministerial rank of Jeongipum.
|Natural Monument No.103 (Designated on December 3, 1962)|
|- Board the bus to Mt. Songnisan at Dong Seoul Terminal
(Departure 8 times a day (07:30-18:30), 3 hour and 30 minute ride)
- Board the bus to Mt. Songnisan at Boeun Bus Terminal (Departure every 10 minutes)