I've been excited for the neighborhood to green up so that it would look better in photographs. It will get much greener still, but I couldn't wait any longer, and brought my camera with me on my walk on the first day of spring. The same day that I took these photos, and these.
Daejeon seems to be full of Christian churches. We can see at least 10 steeples topped with crosses when we look out from our balcony. Korea is estimated to be as much as 30% Christian. That is a huge number compared to other Asian countries. (Japan, for example, is less than 1% Christian). Only in the Philippines is Christianity more of a way of life, and that is because of their colonization by Spain.
As I walk along the river, at one point I can see these two Christian churches alongside a Buddhist Temple (the backwards swastika is the sign for a Buddhist Temple - Hitler actually took that sign and turned it backwards to make his swastika).
I love seeing people pushing or pulling carts along the roads like this.
Another Christian church along the river.
Our apartment complex.
An elderly man sells "popped and puffed goods" from his cart on the bridge near our complex. He has a machine inside his truck that heats up the corn, rice, wheat, etc, and pops it. I've heard that it is illegal to sell on the streets in Korea, but policemen can be paid to look the other way. Street carts like this are common.
The grocer right in front of our apartment complex. I enjoy being able to pop into this shop, and many others like it right in our neighborhood when I need something.