Seoul was the coldest in 41 years… Report frozen 6 times↑


Today (26th), the last holiday of the year, the whole country froze. The water meter at the mall froze and the outdoor toilet froze. Looking at the records, Seoul was the coldest in 41 years.

Reporter Han Seong-hee went out into the severe cold.

In front of a restaurant in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

Thawing a frozen water meter with a hair dryer.

[천종식/가게 사장 : 수도 녹이는 사람을 불렀는데 그 사람이 다른 집도 녹이고 온다고 해서 우리가 직접 녹이고 있어요.]

It is difficult to do business without water.

[천종식/가게 사장 : 10년 동안 이렇게 언 적은 없었는데, 코로나 때문에 장사 안 되는데 이거까지 이러니까 더 힘들고….]

In the coldest wave in 41 years, when the lowest temperature in Seoul recorded minus 15.5 degrees Celsius, 381 cases of freezing were received today at the Seoul Waterworks Business Headquarters.

That’s more than 6 times higher than yesterday.

The extreme cold also froze the toilets in Jjokbang Village.

You have to go outside to go to bathroom #1.

[김선호 씨 : (화장실을) 이용하려면 지하철로 가든 저쪽 인사동 공용화장실에 가든 그렇게 해야 하고, 추우면 추운대로 또 견뎌야지 어떡합니까.]

Yeouido Hangang Park.

Icicles are formed here and there as the water that touches the rocks freezes as it is.

The waiting area between the platforms at Seoul Station was crowded to escape the bone-deep cold.

[김혜인 씨 : 갑자기 추워져서 밖에 전혀 있질 못 하겠어요. 핫팩 있으니까 그나마 좀 덜해서 가지고 다니고 있어요.]

The temporary screening test center at Seoul Station, where inspectors flocked even on holidays, started later than usual due to the strongest cold wave and closed three hours earlier.

(Video coverage: Lim Dong-guk, video editing: Park Ji-in, CG: Lee Jong-jeong)

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