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Nutmeg Tree Forest of Hwasun Gaecheonsa Temple

Nutmeg Tree Forest of Hwasun Gaecheonsa Temple
  • Designation No. : Monument No.65 (1982. 10. 15)
  • Size : 11,889㎡(3.596 pyung)
  • Management agent : Gaecheonsa Temple
  • Address
  • San 480, Gadong-ri, Chunyang-myeon, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do

Nutmeg trees, which reseed themselves in the halfway up the mountain southeastern of Mt. Cheontaesan 494 meters above sea level, consist of the temple forest of Gaecheonsa Temple (about 15 Jeongbo) and private forest of Sam Ryeul Kim (about 6 Jeongbu).
Most of nutmeg trees here which seed reseed by themselves here are more than 2 meters in circumferencw and live more than about 300 years. The density of trees is not so equal and 1.1 ~1.6 trees are planted per 100㎡.
Most of nutmeg trees in Korea have been planted nearby private residences or consist forests in the surroundings of the temples. They are native to the temperate zones and, considering its distribution, they must be deemed to have been artificially planted rather than having been planted by themselves.
As for the places where nutmeg trees form a colony as a condition of forest in Cheonnam are: Backyangsa Temple nutmeg trees of natural monument No. 153; Goheung Geumtopsa Temple Nutmeg Trees Forests of natural monument No. 239; Haenam Yeondong-ri Nutmeg Trees Forests of natural monument No. 241. Meanwhile, Gaecheonsa Temple Nutmeg Trees Forests is only designated as a local cultural monument.