Chunghyodong Red Leaf Willow Tree
At It was planted in the late 16th century and originally there were one pine tree, one willow tree and five red leaf willow trees that represented the village but now only three red leaf willow trees remain.
It had been Gwangju Metropolitan City Natural Monument No. 16 but was raised to the status of a Natural Monument on October 5th, 2012.
They hold superiority over other red leaf willow trees designated as Natural Monuments in other areas in terms of age (430 years) and size and also the tree shape and density are satisfactory so there is a big biological value.
The biggest tree is 13m tall, 8.9m in circumference and the smallest tree is 8m tall and 7.2m in circumference so all three trees are growing in equal size.
As many origins and anecdotes related to the trees have been passed down well, such as the trees being called Kim Deok-Ryung Tree, they have big historical and cultural values., with the annual ‘Kimchi Festival’ and biennial ‘Biennale’ and ‘Design Biennale’ taking place, this is the place one can fully enjoy the taste and beauty of Gwangju, the center city of Asian culture.
Riverside Eco Park
It is a 180,000m2 eco park located in Gwangju Lake. It was opened in March 2006 and is popular as an ecological learning ground for children and a resting area for the citizens.
The Eco Park is looking directly into the Gwangju lake and the wooden bridges and willow trees extend endlessly so one can feel as if being immersed in a picturesque scene.
There are the Aquatic Botanical Garden, Eco Pond, Wild Flower Theme Park, Lumber Eco Trail, Observatory, etc. and inside of the lake there are the Willow Habitat and Wetland Conservation Area.
As various aquatic plants and various species of birds, reptiles and amphibians, students such as kindergarten students frequently have field trips here.
At the entrance there is the 430 year old red leaf willow tree and in the surrounding areas Gasa literature related historical places such as Hwanbyukdang, Soswaewon, Sigyeongjeong, etc.