Most students in our university are well aware of that Ewha means pear flowers or pear blossoms. However, students say these pear trees are now hard to find.
“Some of the pear trees have been moved to other places along with other trees because of the construction going on around campus,” say Kang Il-ku, the manager of Ewha greenhouse. Another reason for the absence of pear trees around the campus is that pear trees are sensitive and can easily die due to lack of sun. “Pear trees require excessive sunshine but other trees like Magnolias or Cherries usually cover up the sky and block the sun, causing the pear trees nearby to die out,” says Kang. Compared to other trees, pear trees grow at a slower rate, so they face disadvantages when competing against other big trees.
“I wasn’t aware of the pear trees until now, but, come to think of it, I actually didn’t spot many pear trees inside our campus,” Kim Jeon-hyun (International Studies, 2)
According to Kang, pear trees are currently located in about two places on campus. About five pear trees are planted side by side on the steps to the Welch-Ryang Auditorium. One is located in front of the Pharmaceutical Science Building. More pear blossoms can be found outside campus in Ewha-Kumnan Middle School.
Ewha’s name was given by King Gojong, who was the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty, in 1887. According to the information on Ewha Womans University Archives, King Gojong chose the name Ewha because of the abundant pear trees that were situated adjacent to the school at that time.
Because its name and tradition, EwhaWomansUniversity does try to plant many new pear trees around the campus. However, groundskeepers say it is rather difficult to do so since trees in Ewha are usually planted in harmony with the environment and the buildings. Planting pear trees anywhere could ruin the balance of scenery on the campus.
“It’s a pity that we can’t see many pear trees inside the school since pear trees are very meaningful to EwhaWomansUniversity,” said Park Seon-young, (Economics, 4)