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November 08, 2011

Korean fall ceremony honors old Ginkgo tree

Kim Min Cha performs the traditional "Salpuri" dance, part of a fall concert to honor the changing of the leaves of a 500-year-old Ginkgo tree at Gyeongju Cultural Center (Gyeongju in South Korea). The concert is a mixture of a cultural performance and a religious ritual to honor the spirit of the tree. The trunk had been wrapped in ribbons and an altar was placed before it with incense and food. Offerings were placed at the foot of the tree.
This Ginkgo is monument no. 66 and is registered as Geongsangbuk-do.
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