The Forest of Torreyas(Bijarim Forest) is located 5.5km from Pyeongdae Elementary School, Pyeongdae-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si and it is the world’s largest single-species forest. It is a very unique forest where 2,800 Torreyas that are 500 - 800 years old block the sight of the sky, and it is the first forest park in Jeju Island.
At the corner of the forest, there is a Torreya called the “Tree of One Thousand Years” that is known as the ancestor of Torreyas. This tree is 14m high, with a branch length of 6m, and its width of crown is 15m. It is estimated to be more than 820 years old, which makes it the oldest Torreya in Jeju Island.
Bijajim Forest retains its leaves during the winter, so the forest stays green all throughout year. A substance called phytoncide emanates from the Forest of Torreyas. Phytoncide is known to have natural healing powers, such as helping blood circulation, alleviating mental and physical fatigue, and stabilizing biorhythm. There are two ways to exit the forest through the walking trail.
One course is a shorter one that takes about 40 minutes and the other is a longer course which takes about 80 minutes. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in the 40-minute course, so anybody can enjoy the beauty of the forest regardless of age or gender.
The Forest of Torreya, which is visited by tourists throughout all year, is designated and protected as Natural Monument 374.