Tree featured in 'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' to be considered for natural monument
The hackberry tree that appeared on an episode of ENA’s hit series “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” will undergo evaluations to potentially make the list of Korea’s natural monuments, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on Monday.
The 500-year-old, 16-meter-tall (52-foot-tall) hackberry tree located in the village of Bukburi in Changwon, South Gyeongsang, appeared on the series’ eighth episode which aired on July 21.
In the show, the giant tree is said to have protected the fictional neighborhood of Sodeok-dong for centuries, but now the town is in danger of being wiped out due to road construction plans. At the end of the episode, the tree is designated as a natural monument and saves the town.
The CHA and the Cultural Heritage Committee will soon launch an inquiry to evaluate the hackberry tree’s value as a cultural asset, along with locals and municipal officials. They will also look into the tree’s history and condition.
As of now, two other hackberry trees in Korea are designated as natural monuments.
BY HALEY YANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]