I had to go out twice yesterday, and came back blue with cold. It was definitely the coldest day of the year here in Daejeon, so far. To confirm, I checked my weather app and it was -10c, and very windy! Needless to say, I am fast forwarding to Sunday when I will be arriving in balmy Bangkok. However, first, for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (#206) I want to introduce you to Daejeon’s Expo Bridge. Trust me, these photos were taken when it was much, much warmer!
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I’m a morning person. Five o’clock on the dot (sometimes earlier) my feet hit the floor. While I might not be Chatty Cathy in the early morning, it is my favorite time of the day. I have always been lucky enough to live within a ten minute walk of Daejeon’s Gapcheon River, and I spend a lot of time there in the wee hours of the morning. A focal point of the river is the Expo Bridge, built in 1993 when Daejeon was host to the World Expo. The bridge sees only foot traffic, and connects to Expo Park (which is in the process of being torn down). Thankfully the bridge will remain.
Expo Bridge early morning views…
What’s not to love about the glow of the early morning…
A little later in the morning when the sun has fully risen…
This shot was taken in September, which is one of the best times of the year to visit. The brilliant blue skies are common this time of the year, and the summer humidity is pretty much a memory.
The tower in the background is the Hanbit Tower (often called “The Needle”). I’ve just realized that I’ve never visited the observatory at the top. Apparently, like the Expo Bridge, it will be incorporated into the building project that is underway. I must make a point of getting to the top one of these days!
One last view from above the river walkway…
The peace and serenity of this final shot is why I will always be an early riser (at least when it’s not -10c!)
While Daejeon is not a tourist mecca, there is certainly enough to do here to keep you happily entertained for a day or two. With a population of (ONLY) 1.5 million the city will feel like a village after rubbing elbows with some of the ten million Seoulites for a few days. The KTX train can whisk you here in a mere 50 minutes, or if you prefer there is a two hour slow train or bus. If you want to experience early morning on the river, I recommend that you overnight.
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