Dokdo's Spindle Tree to Become Natural Monument

      August 14, 2012 12:00

      A hardy spindle tree on Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo will be designated a natural monument, the Cultural Heritage Administration said on Monday. Some 50 cm high and 7 m in circumference, the tree clings dramatically to a cliff on the island.

      A spindle tree clings to a cliff on Dokdo. /Courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Administration

      The CHA said the oldest living tree on the islets has survived for more than 100 years braving strong winds and meager soil and therefore carries a strong symbolic significance.

      The agency will spend the next month gathering the opinions of various experts.

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