There is a belief that how you spend your first day of the year will mirror the things that you will probably do for the rest of the year. Hence, others would usually spend their first day of the year with their family, friends or loved ones. Other people is fine to spend it by themselves and do the things that they like like eating, shopping or even sleeping. For some, first day of the year is just like any other day where they have to work. As for me, it was my first time to welcome the first day of a new year in other country, away from my family. And it was just any other day but a snowy day in Korea. Good thing, I am certain that Korea has four seasons so I will definitely not end up spending the rest of the year with snowfall.
On the first day of 2021, we decided to go to the largest traditional market in Daejeon. It is because I wanted to try using the Onnuri Gift Certificate that I got as a prize for the contest that I joined. Jungang Market was too big and quite complex as it has a wide variety of items in it. From fresh goods, to street food, clothing, and many other merchandise. However, due to heavy snowfall, we were not able to roam around the market that much as it was so cold.
Daejeon Sky Road
From Jungang Market, we went to the nearby Daejeon Sky Road to have our first meal of the year and shop for some clothes using my Onnuri gift certificates. When you look at the large LED screen at the sky road, you could see the large snowflakes falling down from the sky. Other people were also talking photos and videos of it despite the freezing coldness outside.
As the snow continue to fall, the temperature went down to -10°C and soon the snow filled the streets. As someone who came from a tropical country, braving the coldness of winter in Korea is really hard. And wearing padded jacket really helped us survive our snowy first day of the year.
A perfect way to combat the winter cold is to eat spicy Korean food. So we headed to Parks Budae to have their signature premium ham budaejjigae. There were only few people dining at the restaurant when we went there. And they were only allowing dine-in customers until 9:00 in the evening as part of restrictions due to COVID-19.
To wrap up our day, we went back to the bridge that connects Jungang Market and Daejeon Sky Road – the Eunhaeng Bridge (Eunhaenggyo). The first stop was the moon art installation at the bridge that lights up the night. Just by looking at it will make you feel like you are really close to the moon.
Aside from the moon, there are also light installations at the bridge and below it. It has various designs that both kids and adults would love to tale pictures with at night. The lights display are really nice to watch especially if it was not that cold with strong winds and heavy snowfall.
And lastly, even if Christmas is already done, the bridge still has the large Christmas tree that changes its light from time to time.
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