Winter is my favorite time of the year in Korea; especially when it snows. Having lived in Korea since 1990, I have seen my share of snow in Seoul, Daejeon, and my first winter wonderland at Mt. Sorak in 1991.
December was the snowiest month I have experienced in Daejeon as well as Korea all those years.
On New Year’s Day, another couple of inches was dumped on Daejeon and with the temperature not too cold, I trudged through the snow over to Uam Historical Park (a little over a mile from where I live) to take some winter photos.
I’m glad I did.
Read about my first winter in Korea, snow, and other things in Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm.
The Lespo Standard.
Your all-weather bicycle.
And why do we say, “steady as she goes?” Why not, “steady as it goes?”
Either way, this gentleman was not about to be dissuaded by snow and ice. Look closely, you’ll also see his cane and an industrial-strength chain to make sure no one steals his Lespo.
It’s been wicked cold in Daejeon for the past three days; the coldest December that I can remember in a long time. Most of the streets in my neighborhood are still sheets of corrugated ice and snow. There won’t be any city department crews sprinkling salt on these streets.
Some folks have taken to spreading crushed yontan (charcoal briquettes used for heating and cooking) on the streets for traction. Last night, I saw a guy using a blow torch to melt the ice on one patch of ice on a side street near my apartment so he could move his car.
This deep freeze is supposed to last until the middle of next week.
It’s a good time to curl up with a good book.
How about Ice Cream Headache?
Or, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm?
A photograph is worth a thousand words.
And then some.
For as long as I have lived in Korea, now starting my 23rd year, I have never seen this much snow in early December. And I’m lovin’ every minute of it!