Jumok-namu  of Taebaek-san
ancient alpine Korean Yew Trees
(Taxus cuspidata, native to Japan, Korea, northeast China and the extreme southeast of Russia)
My students and I with a Jumok-namu, between
Cheonje-dan & Munsu-bong in 10/99.  These
ancient evergreen survivors, found only on
Korea's highest alpine ridges, are a famous
feature of Taebaek-san's peak-areas.

They are related to the Yew trees common to
northern Europe, held sacred by the Celts and
other pagan peoples.  Just like Koreans, they
regarded them as symbols of immortality, markers
of sacred spots and powerful charms against bad
fortune and malign spirits.  It is considered quite
unlucky to damage one.  Yew have remained
symbolic to Christians as symbols of immortality
and ressurrection, and are highly respected by
Buddhists.  Korean Shamans consider them to be
enlightened ancestral beings.
with my Yonsei Samguk-yusa Group students in 1999
1989