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Daegu (Korean: [tɛɡu]; 대구, 大邱, literally 'large hill'), formerly spelled Taegu[1] and officially known as the Daegu Metropolitan City, is a city in South Korea, the fourth-largest after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and the third-largest metropolitan area in the nation[2] with over 2.5 million residents. Daegu and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province are often referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk, with a total population over 5 million.

Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 km (50 mi) from the seacoast, near the Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. The Daegu basin is the central plain of the Yeongnam region. In ancient times, the Daegu area was part of the proto-kingdom Jinhan. Subsequently Daegu came under the control of the Silla Kingdom, which unified the Korean Peninsula. During the Joseon Dynasty period, the city was the capital of Gyeongsang-do, one of the traditional eight provinces of the country.

Daegu was an economic motor of Korea during the 1960s–1980s period and was especially known for its electronics industry. The humid subtropical climate of Daegu is ideal for producing high-quality apples, thus the nickname, "Apple City".[6] Daegu is also known as "Textile City".[7] Textiles used to be the pillar industry of the city. With the establishment of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Daegu is currently focusing on fostering fashion and high-tech industries.

Daegu was the host city of the 22nd World Energy Congress, the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, and the 2003 Summer Universiade.[8] It also hosted four matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Daegu hosted the World Masters Indoor Championships on March 19–25, 2017. More than 4600 athletes worldwide competed.[9]


Metropolitan City
Daegu Metropolitan City
 • Hangul대구광역시
 • Hanja大邱廣域市
 • Revised RomanizationDaegu-gwangyeoksi
 • McCune-ReischauerTaegu-kwangyŏksi
Official logo of Daegu
Symbol of Daegu
Daegu is located in South Korea
Daegu is located in Asia
Daegu is located in Earth
Coordinates:35°52′N 128°36′E [69]
CountrySouth Korea
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorKwon Young-jin
(Liberty Korea)
 • BodyDaegu Metropolitan Council
 • Total883.54 km2(341.14 sq mi)
(May 27, 2019[3])
 • Total2,489,802
 • Density2,818/km2(7,300/sq mi)
 • Dialect
Area code(s)+82-53
ISO 3166 codeKR-27
GDPUS$ 42.9 billion[4]
GDP per capitaUS$22,481[4]
Websitedaegu.go.kr [70]


Prehistory and early history

Reliquary from eighth-century Silla, Daegu National Museum

Reliquary from eighth-century Silla, Daegu National Museum

Archaeological investigations in the Greater Daegu area have revealed a large number of settlements and burials of the prehistoric Mumun Pottery Period (around 1500–300 BC). In fact, some of the earliest evidence of Mumun settlement in Gyeongsangdo have been excavated from Siji-dong and Seobyeon-dong.[10] Dongcheon-dong is one of the substantial Mumun agricultural villages that have been excavated.[11] The Dongcheon-dong site dates back to the Middle Mumun (around 850–550 BC) and contains the remains of many prehistoric pit-houses and agricultural fields. Megalithic burials (dolmens) have also been found in large numbers in Daegu.

Ancient historical texts indicate that during the Proto–Three Kingdoms (Mahan, Jinhan, and Byeonhan) period, Daegu was the site of a chiefdom or walled-town polity known from that time, according to historical records, as Dalgubeol. It was absorbed into the kingdom of Silla no later than the fifth century. The vestiges of the wall can be seen, and relics have been excavated in the current Dalseong Park.


Silla succeeded in unifying the Korean peninsula by defeating the other kingdoms of Baekje and Koguryo in the late seventh century, partly due to assistance from China's Tang Dynasty. Shortly thereafter, in 689, Silla's King Sinmun considered moving the capital from Gyeongju to Daegu, but was unable to do so.[12] This initiative is known only through a single line in the Samguk Sagi, a most valued historical record of ancient Korea by Koryeo Dynasty historian Kim Bu-sik, but it is presumed to indicate both an attempt by the Silla king to reinforce royal authority and the entrenched resistance of the Gyeongju political elites that was the likely cause of the move's failure.[13] The city was given its current name in 757.

In the late 1990s, archaeologists excavated a large-scale fortified Silla site in Dongcheon-dong, Buk-gu.[14] The site at Locality 2 consists of the remains of 39 raised-floor buildings enclosed by a formidable ditch-and-palisade system. The excavators hypothesize that the fortified site was a permanent military encampment or barracks. Archaeologists also uncovered a large Silla village dating to the sixth to seventh centuries AD at Siji-dong.[10]

Later Three Kingdoms and Goryeo

During the Later Three Kingdoms period, 892–936, Daegu was initially aligned with Hubaekje. In 927, northern Daegu was the site of the Battle of Gong Mountain between the forces of Goryeo under Wang Geon and those of Hubaekje under Gyeon Hwon. In this battle, the forces of Goryeo were crushed and Wang Geon himself was saved only by the heroic deed of his general Shin Sung-gyeom. However, the atrocities of the Hubaekje forces at this time apparently changed local sympathizers to favor Wang Geon, who later became the king of Goryeo.

Numerous place names and local legends in the area still bear witness to the historic battle of 927. Among these are "Ansim", which literally means "peace of mind", said to be the first place where Wang Geon dared to stop after escaping the battle, and "Banwol", or half-moon, where he is said to have stopped and admired the moon before returning to Goryeo. A statue commemorating the battle now stands in northern Daegu, as does a memorial to Sin Sunggyeom.

In the Goryeo period, the first edition of the Tripitaka Koreana was stored in Daegu, at the temple of Buinsa.[15] However, this edition was destroyed when the temple was sacked in 1254, during the Mongol invasions of Korea.[16]


Daegu in the 18th century

Daegu in the 18th century

Daegu served as an important transportation center during the Joseon Dynasty. She stands in the mid part of the Great Yeongnam Road which ran between Seoul and Busan. It lay at the junction of this arterial road and the roads to Gyeongju and Jinju.

In 1601, Daegu became the administrative capital of the Gyeongsang-do, which is current Daegu, Busan, Ulsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do. At about that time, the city began to grow into a major city. The status continued for nearly 300 years, and the city has been transformed as the capital of Gyeongsangbuk-do since Gyeongsang-do was divided into two provinces, Gyeongsangbuk-do (northern Gyeongsang-province) and Gyeongsangnam-do (southern one) in 1896.

Daegu's first regular markets were established during the late Joseon period. The most famous of these is the Yangnyeongsi herbal medicine market. This became a center of herbal trade in Joseon, and even attracted buyers from neighboring countries. Traders from Japan, who were not permitted to leave the Nakdong River valley, hired messengers to visit the market on their behalf. Seomun Market, which stood at the city's west gate at that time, was one of the top-three markets in the Joseon period.

Korean Empire and colonial rule

The Korean hermit kingdom finally opened itself to the outside world in the late 19th century. In 1895, Daegu became the site of one of the country's first modern post offices, as a part of the 'Gab-o' reforms introduced in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese war.[17]

Beginning in the late 1890s, increasing numbers of foreign merchants and workers started to visit Daegu, which emerged as a modern transportation center of the newly constructed Gyeongbu Line main railroad connecting Seoul and Busan.

In 1905, the old fortress wall was forcibly destroyed. The wall still survives only in the street names such as the streets Dongseongno and Bukseongno, "east fortress street" and "north fortress street", which now run where the wall once stood.

Independence movements against imperial aggressions were outstanding in Daegu. These began as early as 1898, when a branch of the Independence Club was opened in the town.[18] As the demise of the Korean Empire approached in 1907, local citizens led by Seo Sang-don organized the National Debt Repayment Movement. The movement spread nationwide, although it fell short of repaying the national debt through individual donations. Freedom fighting continued after the 1910 annexation, notably during the March 1st movement of 1919. At that time, four major demonstrations took place in Daegu, involving an estimated 23,000 peace-loving citizens.[19]


In 1946, the Daegu October Incident took place, one of the most serious social disorders since the foundation of the Republic of Korea.[20] An operation by the Korean national police to take control of rioters on October 1 resulted in the death of three student demonstrators and injuries to many others, sparking a massive counter-attack, killing as many as 38 policemen.[21] It was also the site of major demonstrations on February 28, 1960, prior to the presidential election of that year.[22]

Daegu and all of North Gyeongsang province had heavy guerrilla activities in the late 1940s, as thousands of refugees shied away from the fighting in Jeolla province and sought shelters in Daegu.[23] In November 1948, a unit in Daegu joined the mutiny which had begun in Yeosu the previous month.[24]

During the Korean War, heavy fighting occurred nearby along the Nakdong River. Daegu sat inside the Pusan Perimeter, however, so remained in South Korean hands throughout the war. As in many other areas during the Korean War, political killings of dissenters were widespread. A large series of engagements was fought around the city to prevent North Korean troops from crossing the Nakdong, the Battle of Taegu.

In the second half of the 20th century, the city underwent explosive growth, and the population has increased more than tenfold since the end of the Korean War. The city was politically favored during the 18-year-long rule of Park Chung-hee, when it and the surrounding area served as his political base. Daegu champions conservative political ideas and movements today and is a political base for the Saenuri Party.

In the 1980s, Daegu separated from Gyeongsangbuk-do and became a separately administered provincial-level directly governed city (Jikhalsi), and was redesignated as a metropolitan city (Gwangyeoksi) in 1995. Today, Daegu is the third-largest metropolitan area in Korea with respect to both population and commerce.


Daegu City Hall

Daegu City Hall

Two local governments are in the city, the Daegu Metropolitan Government in Jung District and Gyeongbuk Provincial Government in Buk District. The provincial government will be relocated to Andong in its proper province, Gyeongbuk. The mayor and heads of city's eight districts are directly elected by the citizens every four years. The city council has 29 members which consist of 26 from the same number of electoral districts and three proportional representations. They are also directly elected every four years. Most of them are the members of the Liberty Korea Party, the main conservative political party in South Korea. Daegu is a stronghold for the party and has produced two Presidents of the Republic of Korea thus far: Roh Tae-woo and Park Geun-hye. As the capital of the Korean conservatives, the city has wielded strong political influence in elections.

Administrative divisions

Administrative divisions

Administrative divisions

Daegu is divided into 7 districts (Gu) and 1 county (Gun)

  • Jung District (중구, 中區) – means the central district.

  • Dong District (동구, 東區) – means the east district.

  • Seo District (서구, 西區) – means the west district.

  • Nam District (남구, 南區) – means the south district.

  • Buk District (북구, 北區) – means the north district.

  • Suseong District (수성구, 壽城區)

  • Dalseo District (달서구, 達西區)

  • Dalseong County (달성군, 達城郡)



View of both the city of Daegu, with Jisan-dong and Beommul-dong

View of both the city of Daegu, with Jisan-dong and Beommul-dong

Daegu sits in a basin surrounded by low mountains. Palgongsan to the north, Biseulsan to the south, Waryongsan to the west, and a series of smaller hills in the east. The Geumho River flows along the northern and eastern edges of the city, emptying in the Nakdong River west of the city.


Daegu has a cooler version of a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa) The mountains that comprise the basin trap hot and humid air. Similarly, in winter, cold air lies in the basin. The area receives little precipitation except during the rainy season of summer, and is sunny throughout much of the year. Data gathered since 1961 indicates that the mean temperature for January, the coldest month in Daegu, is 0.6 °C (33 °F) and that for August, the warmest month, is 26.4 °C (80 °F). The City's lowest record temperature was −20.2 °C (−4 °F),[25] and the City's highest record temperature was 40.0 °C (104 °F).[26] The 40 degrees Celsius recorded in 1942 is also the highest temperature record in South Korea since the observation. This summer temperature has led to the emergence of a new term called Dae-Prika (Daegu+Africa) starting with the Internet community, and has recently been used in the media, broadcasting, etc. [27]

Climate data for Daegu (1981–2010, extremes 1907–present)
Record high °C (°F)16.5
Average high °C (°F)5.5
Daily mean °C (°F)0.6
Average low °C (°F)−3.6
Record low °C (°F)−20.2
Average precipitation mm (inches)20.6
Average precipitation days(≥ 0.1 mm)
Average snowy days4.
Average relative humidity (%)54.453.654.153.258.765.573.872.971.364.560.356.861.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours193.5185.2202.9220.4229.7183.8151.3165.3161.1203.2180.0189.72,266
Percent possible sunshine62.260.354.756.152.742.134.139.543.258.158.362.750.9
Average ultraviolet index2457910101085326
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration[28][29][30] (percent sunshine and snowy days)[31] and Weather Atlas[32]


Daegu Metro Line 3.

Daegu Metro Line 3.

Daegu International Future Auto EXPO 2017

Daegu International Future Auto EXPO 2017

Korean ICT Convergence Expo

Korean ICT Convergence Expo

Korean Brain Research Center - Advanced Equipment Center

Korean Brain Research Center - Advanced Equipment Center

2017 Green Energy Expo

2017 Green Energy Expo

Daegu is a manufacturing industry city. The major industries are textiles, metals and machinery. In the year 2010, Daegu had a regional GDP of $45,387 million with 7.2% real GDP growth rate. The GDP per capita though is well below Korea national average. Many companies such as Daegu Bank, Korea Delphi, Hwasung corp., and TaeguTec are situated in this city, and Samsung and Kolon were founded here. Numerous factories are located in the industrial complexes situated in the west and north sides of the city including the Seongseo Industrial Complex, West Daegu Industrial Complex and the Daegu Dyeing Industrial Complex.

The city is the economic and industrial core of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region, one of the major industrial areas in Korea. It accounted for as much as 94 percent of Korea's trade surplus in 2006.[33] The electronics industries in Gumi and the steel industries in Pohang provided great services to that surplus. World-leading manufacturing facilities for Anycall (Samsung Mobile) and POSCO's main factories are located near the city. Daegu and its neighbouring cities were designated for the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone by the central government in 2008. It is specialized companies like Winitech software company in knowledge-based service and manufacturing industries.

Historically, Daegu has been the commercial center of the southern part of the Korean Peninsula with Seoul in the center and Pyongyang in the north (currently North Korea), because of its advantageous location. Some of the large, traditional markets like Seomun Market are still flourishing in the city.

Additionally, Daegu was considered the third major economic city in Korea, after Seoul and Busan. However, due to the decline of the textile industry, which is the heart of Daegu's economy, the overall economic growth of the city has also fallen.

Also, the city is the warmest region in South Korea due to the humid subtropical climate. This climate condition provides the region with high quality apples and oriental melons. The fruit industry is a crucial support for the local economy. Due to the stagnant economy, Daegu’s population began to decrease after 2003. Recently, the local government has begun focusing on working towards economic revival and concentrating on improving the city’s fashion industry.

Fashion industry

Beginning in the late 1990s, Daegu has been actively making efforts to promote its fashion industry based on its textile and clothing manufacturing industries under the 'Daegu: Fashion City'. The city opens many exhibitions related to the fashion and textile industries including the Daegu Fashion Fair [71] and Preview in Daegu [72] annually or semi-annually, and invites national institutes. A large new town specializing in the textile-fashion industries is currently under construction in Bongmu-dong, northeastern Daegu. The district, officially named Esiapolis, takes aim at the fashion hub of East Asia. Textile complexes, textile-fashion institutions, an international school, fashion malls as well as residential areas plan to be developed in the district.[34]

Culture and sightseeing

Daegu skyline as seen from KNU's Technopark

Daegu skyline as seen from KNU's Technopark

Generally Daegu is known as a conservative city. As well as being the largest inland city in the country beside Seoul it has become one of the major metropolitan areas in the nation. Traditionally, Buddhism has been strong; today there are still many temples. Confucianism is also popular in Daegu, with a large academy based in the city. Neon cross-topped spires of Christian churches can also be seen in the city.


Scenery of Donghwasa

Scenery of Donghwasa

The most well-known sight of the city is the stone Buddha called Gatbawi on the top of Gwanbong, Palgongsan.[35] It is famous for its stone gat (Korean traditional hat). People from all over the country visit the place, because they believe that the Buddha will grant one's single desire.[36] Administratively, the site itself is located in the neighboring city, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk.

On the outskirts of the city, mountains keep many traditional temples such as Donghwasa, Pagyesa, and Buinsa. Donghwasa is a Buddhist temple that was built by Priest Geukdal-hwasang in 493, and many artifacts of the period are found around the temple. The International Tourist Zen Meditation Center is Korea's only Zen-themed center. Some lecture halls or memorial halls such as Dodong-seowon (도동서원; 道東書院) and Nokdong-seowon (녹동서원; 鹿洞書院) are also located in the suburbs.

Old villages have been preserved, such as the Otgol village (Gyeongju Choi clan's original residence area) and the Inheung village (*Nampyeong Mun'*s). In the urban area, the Joseon Dynasty's administrative or educational buildings including Gyeongsang-gamyeong (경상감영, 慶尙監營) and Daegu-hyanggyo (대구향교, 大邱鄕校) also remain. The main gateway of the city in that period called Yeongnam-jeilmun (영남제일문, 嶺南第一門, meaning the first gateway in Yeongnam), has been restored in Mangudang Park. Western style modern architecture like Gyesan Cathedral and the old building of Jeil Church are preserved across the urban area. Gyesan Cathedral is the third oldest gothic church building in Korea[37] and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Daegu which is one of three archdioceses in South Korea. Several buildings, in the present Keisung Academy and the KNU middle/high school, are famous too.

Yangnyeongsi (약령시, 藥令市) in Namseongno (often called Yakjeon-golmok) is the oldest market for Korean medicinal herbs in the country with a history of 350 years. Bongsan-dong which has some art galleries and studios is being developed as the artistic center of the city since the 1990s.

Nearby tourist attractions include Haeinsa—a Buddhist temple that houses the Tripitaka Koreana (a woodblock edition of the Tripitaka and one of the world's oldest extant complete collections of the Buddhist scriptures). Haeinsa is located in Gayasan National Park of Hapcheon, Gyeongnam. The historic city of Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla is located east of Daegu.

Mountains and parks

Dalgubeol-daejong, a city bell at the Gukchae Bosang Park

Dalgubeol-daejong, a city bell at the Gukchae Bosang Park

Daegu Botanical Garden bridge

Daegu Botanical Garden bridge

Mt. Palgong, Mt. Biseul, and Mt. Ap are the representative mountains in Daegu. Apsan, just in the southern part of the city, is the closest mountain from the urban area among them. It has many trails, Buddhist temples, a Korean War museum, and a gondola ride to the peak. Additionally, Waryongsan, Hamjisan, and Yongjibong are located in the city. These serve as neighborhood parks to the citizens. Mt. Palgong has a cable car to the summit.[38] There are also hiking trails in the direction of the Donghwasa Temple and Sutaegol Valley.

In the urban area, several small mountains and hills play the same role. Dalseong Park, which sits inside a 1,500-year-old earth fortress, is a historic place of the city. It contains the city's only zoo and some monuments as well as the wall. Duryu Park or Duryusan is a large forest in the middle of the urban area. It has Daegu Tower, Woobang Land, Kolon Bandstand, Duryu Stadium, and many sports facilities. Daegu Tower, also called Woobang Tower or Duryu Tower, is the tallest contemporary structure (202 m) and a symbol of the city. Its observatory commands good views of the surroundings. Woobang Land is the largest amusement park out of the capital area. Many small gardens lie in the heart of the city, such as the National Debt Repayment Movement Memorial Park (Gukchae Bosang Park) and 2·28 Park. The former park includes Dalgubeol-daejong (달구벌대종, 達句伐大鐘), which means the Dalgubeol grand bell. The bell is struck every week and year. There is also a botanical garden with a variety of plants and flowers.

Downtown and shopping

The sign of the Seomun Market

The sign of the Seomun Market

Dongseongno (동성로, 東城路) is the downtown of Daegu lying from the Daegu Station to Jung-ang pachulso (central police station) near the Banwoldang subway station in the center of the city Jung-gu. It has the Jung-angno subway station as the nearest station from its heart. Like its name meaning the street in the east fortress, the eastern part of Daegu-eupseong (대구읍성, 大邱邑城, means the Daegu-Principality Fortress) was situated along this street. The fortress, however, had been demolished in the early 20th century. Although Daegu is the nation's third or fourth largest city, the Dongseongno area form the largest and the broadest downtown area in the whole country except the capital city, Seoul. In most cases, famous brands open their branch shop first here out of the Greater Seoul area.[39]

Sub-downtowns in the city have its own commercial powers and colors. The area around the Seongseo Industrial Complex subway station in Dalseo-gu is a concentration of many amusement spots, and young people easily can be seen around Kyungpook National University in Buk-gu. Deuran-gil (means the street inside the field) in Suseong-gu is known for many restaurants.

The city has a number of department stores. Many of these belong to national or multinational chains, but the local Daegu Department Store also operates two branches, while another local chain, Donga Department Store operates four in the city proper. The six department stores among them gather at the downtown. The traditional markets such as Seomun Market and Chilseong Market sell all sorts of goods.


Many traditional ceremonies and festivals in agrarian society disappeared in the process of modernization. A Confucian ritual ceremony called Seokjeondaeje is held at Daegu-hyanggyo every spring and autumn. The Yangnyeongsi herb medical festival and Otgol village festival are the contemporary festivals about traditional culture.

Lately in the city, enthusiasm about performing arts is growing and the local government is trying to meet its demand. Daegu International Opera Festival (DIOF) in October since 2003, Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF), and Daegu International Bodypainting Festival (DIBF) are three of the most famous festivals on each field in Korea, although those have short histories.

Various festivals in various themes like the Colorful Daegu Festival, Dongseongno festival, Palgongsan maple festival, Biseulsan azalea festival, Korea in Motion Daegu, and so on, are held by the city, each ward, or the specific groups, all through the year.

On August 25 through August 31, 2008, Daegu hosted the first ever Asian Bodypainting Festival, a sister event of the World Bodypainting Festival in Seeboden, Austria.

Each year the city is home to the Daegu International Jazz Festival: http://www.dijf.or.kr/ [73]

Every May the "Colorful Daegu Festival" offers performances and art programs including the Colorful Parade.[40] In July, the Daegu Chimac Festival takes place at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu, Daegu. The term "chimac" is a portmanteau of chicken and maekju (meaning "beer"). There were over 880,000 visitors in 2015, and one million visitors during the festival in 2016.[41]


Daegu Art Museum

Daegu Art Museum

  • Daegu Art Museum [74]

  • Daegu National Museum – A notable national museum collecting relics excavated in and around Daegu

  • Daegu Bangjja Yugi (Korean Bronzeware) Museum [75]

  • Hengso Museum of Keimyung University

  • Korea Video Museum

  • Kyungpook National University Museum

  • Museum for Daegu National University of Education

  • Museum of Natural Dye Arts [76]


  • Daegu Opera House [77] – The first theater in Korea only for performing opera

  • Suseong Artpia [78]

  • Keimyung Art Center [79] – One of the largest scale theaters in the city.

  • Daegu Culture and Arts Center [80]


A home game of the Samsung Lions, one of the most popular sports teams in the city

A home game of the Samsung Lions, one of the most popular sports teams in the city

On March 27, 2007, the city was selected to host the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Daegu competed with cities such as Moscow, Russia and Brisbane, Australia to earn the votes of the IAAF Council. The event was the fourth IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held outside Europe, and the first games in mainland Asia. It was also the third worldwide sports event held in Korea after the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Daegu also hosted three matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the 2003 Summer Universiade.[8] The city hosts the Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting [81] every year since 2005.

Daegu Stadium is the second largest sports complex in South Korea with a seating capacity of 66,422. Daegu Civic Stadium hosted some football matches at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Sports teams

Samsung LionsBaseballKBO LeagueDaegu Samsung Lions Park1982
Daegu FCFootballK League 1DGB Daegu Bank Park2003

The Samsung Lions

The Samsung Lions (Hangul: 삼성 라이온즈) are a South Korean professional baseball team founded in 1982. They are based in the southeastern city of Daegu and are members of the KBO League. Their home stadium is Daegu Samsung Lions Park. They have won the Korean Series eight times.

Daegu FC

Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu FC (Korean: 대구 FC), is a South Korean professional football club based in Daegu. The club was founded as a community club at the end of 2002, and the club made their K League 1 debut in 2003. Historically, Daegu have always placed in the lower reaches of the K League 1. Their best seasons to date have been 2006 and 2018, when they finished in 7th place (out of 14 and 12 teams respectively). They were also the winners of the Korean FA Cup in 2018 having previously been semi-finalists in 2008.


There are three terrestrial TV broadcasting stations in the city: KBS Daegu Broadcast Station, Daegu MBC, and TBC. These are affiliated companies of central broadcasting stations in Seoul just like other local broadcasting companies in South Korea. TBC (Taegu Broadcasting Corporation) depends on SBS. They cover to Gyeongsangbuk-do out of the city. Each television broadcasting company has its own radio station as well.

International Daegu

Daegu is largely a homogeneous community that includes few non-Koreans. However, a number of immigrants from South and Southeast Asia work in automotive-parts factories on the city's west side. In addition, there is a small group of English-speaking Westerners working in English schools and university programs. The American military bases are also home to several hundred Americans. Recently Chinese students have begun studying Korean at universities in Daegu, and there is an increasing number of graduate and post-graduate students from other Asian countries. As elsewhere in Korea, Korean food overwhelmingly dominates; Chinese, Japanese and Western food forms the bulk of non-Korean food but recently Indian and Russian foods have become available.

Daegu hosts three American military bases, Camp Henry, Camp George which houses Daegu American School, and Camp Walker. Camp Walker houses Daegu High School for high school children, while Camp George hold the school for elementary and middle school (both of which are primarily for children of military personnel and US Military civilian employees). Camp George also houses most of the married [Enlisted] ranked soldiers. Camp Henry and Camp Walker serve as the primary place of work for all the military personnel. Camp Walker serves as the home to enlisted Sergeants Major and Officer ranked soldiers, Major and up. Although non-military families can enroll their children at the school, most either home-school their children or send them to a small Christian private school which teaches about 25 children near the central business district of Daegu.


According to the census of 2015, of the people of Daegu 50.5% follow Buddhism and 17.9% follow Christianity (12% Protestantism and 5.8% Catholicism). 34.7% of the population is mostly not religious or follow other indigenous religions.[42]


As of 2019, Daegu has 229 elementary schools, 125 middle schools including the Dong-Pyeong Middle School, and 93 high schools.[43] There are two specialized public high schools which are Daegu Science High School and Taegu Foreign Language High School, and some other high schools such as Keisung Academy, Gyeongsin High School and Daeryun High School have good grades for university admission. Most of well-known high schools are located in Suseong-gu because its educational grade and zeal are high standard in the country.

Also, Daegu has 4 independent private high schools like Keisung Academy(also called Keisung High School), Gyeongsin High School, Gyeong-il Girl's High School, Daegun Catholic High School.

Universities and colleges

Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine

Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine

Keimyung University, main building

Keimyung University, main building

Daegu and its satellite towns are one of the areas which have the largest private higher educational institutions in Korea. Many of their main campuses are located in the nearby Gyeongsan city which serves the Daegu region as a college town. Kyungpook National University (KNU) is one of the most highly ranked and well organized national universities in Korea. It holds first place in and around the city in almost all of the fields. Daegu has two of the most prestigious private universities outside Seoul, Yeungnam University(YU)and Keimyung University. There are some smaller private universities such as Catholic University of Daegu and Daegu University. Daegu National University of Education offers elementary education training.

The other universities and colleges include Daegu Arts University, Daegu Cyber University, Daegu Haany University, Daegu Health College, Daegu Mirae College, Daegu Polytechnic College, Daegu Technical College, Daegu University of Foreign Studies, Daeshin University, Keimyung University, Kyongbuk Science University, Kyongbuk University of Foreign Studies, Kyungil University, Taekyeung College, Yeungjin College, Yeungnam College of Science and Technology, and Youngnam Theological College and Seminary.

Medical institutions

Some large university hospitals make the city the medical hub of south-eastern Korea. The Kyungpook National University Hospital, founded as Daegu-dongin-uiwon in 1907 by the Japanese, is the best-known hospital in the city. The Dongsan Hospital (attached to Keimyung University), founded as Jejungwon in 1899, is one of the oldest western style medical clinics in Korea. The Yeungnam University Medical Center has the largest number of beds in the city. The yearly treatment amount of these tertiary hospitals is the second largest in South Korea after that of Seoul.[44] The Daegu Catholic University Medical Center is also included in them.

Primary and secondary schools

International schools in Daegu include:

  • Daegu International School[45]

  • Daegu Chinese Elementary School or Korea Daeguhwagyo Elementary School (한국대구화교초등학교)[46]

  • Overseas Chinese High School, Daegu

  • Korea Polytechnic University[47]



Dongdaegu Station

Dongdaegu Station

Daegu is the hub of the Korean inland railroad traffic. The main railroad of the country, Gyeongbu Line passes through the city. The largest railroad station in the city, Dongdaegu Station has the second largest passenger traffic in Korea after Seoul Station, and the largest train traffic.[48] The station re-opened in 2004 after extensive renovations serving the KTX highspeed train, Saemaul and Mugunghwa trains. All kinds of trains except KTX depart from Daegu Station, an all-new building with cinemas, restaurants and a department store, located near the city centre. It has the tenth largest passenger traffic in Korea.[48] Daegu Line branches off from Gacheon Station of Gyeongbu Line.


Map of the rapid transit of Daegu. The red line is line 1, and the green is line 2.

Map of the rapid transit of Daegu. The red line is line 1, and the green is line 2.

The city also has a metro system, consisting of two heavy rail lines. Line 1 crosses the city from northeast to southwest, while Line 2 crosses from west to east. Line 3 from northwest to southeast is an elevated monorail. All the lines are and will be operated by the Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation [82] (DTRO). Another line will operate in a few years as a heavy rail system using the Gumi–Daegu–Gyeongsan section of Gyeongbu Line. Line 4 is a long-range plan and will be a circle line. Fare is 1400 won and 1250 won with a prepaid card. There is a free interchange scheme between the metro and bus within an hour of first use for the prepaid card users.


Daegu International Airport

Daegu International Airport

There are two types of buses which are local and limited express. Limited express buses have more seats, but often passengers are required to stand. As of 2017, Local bus fare costs around 1,400 won, Limited express bus fare would set you back around 1,800 won. Discounted fare is available with a prepaid card.[49]

Bus route numbers are made up with 3 digits, each number indicates the area that bus serves. For example, number 407 bus runs from zone four, to zone zero, and then to zone seven. Other routes, usually circular, are named for the districts they serve and numbered 1 through 3.

Traffic is sometimes heavy, however, the major thoroughfares handle fairly high volumes of traffic without too much trouble.


Daegu is served by Daegu International Airport, located in northeastern Daegu. International destinations include Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Vladivostok.



  • The 1995 Daegu gas explosions killed 101 and injured 202. A pagoda for consolation of the dead was erected in Haksan park.

  • The Daegu subway fire on February 18, 2003 killed 198 and injured 147. The tragedy prompted outpourings of sympathy and anger from throughout South Korea and internationally.

Notable people

  • Roh Tae-woo – army general and thirteenth president of South Korea

  • Park Geun-hye – former president of South Korea, from 2013 to 2017, daughter of former president Park Chung-hee

  • Kim Woo-jung – Korean businessman, founder and former chairman of the Daewoo Group

  • Toni Ko - Businessperson and founder of NYX Cosmetics

  • Kim Sou-hwan – first Korean Cardinal of the Catholic Church. His father escaped from his hometown of Chungcheong province for keeping his religion.

  • Jaegwon Kim – philosopher

Actors and Actresses
  • Bong Joon-ho – director and screenwriter

  • Shin Seong-il – actor, director, and producer

  • Son Ye-jin – actress

  • Moon Chae-won – actress

  • Song Hye-kyo – actress

  • Min Hyo-rin – actress

  • Seo Ji-hoon – actor

  • Yoo Ah-in – actor

  • Yoon So-ho – actor

  • Tom Choi – actor

  • Kim Jung-woo – actor

  • Lee Seung-hyub (also J.Don) - actor, rapper, singer, insrumentalist, songwriter and member of boy band N.Flying

  • Kim Tae-Hyung (stage name V) – singer, actor, songwriter, model and member of boy group BTS

  • Min Yoongi (stage name Suga) – rapper, producer, songwriter, model and member of boy group BTS

  • Kim Min-jae – actor

  • Kim Hee-sun - actress

  • Sung Hoon – actor

  • Lee Man-Soo – baseball player

  • Yang Jun-Hyuk – baseball player

  • Lee Seung-Yeop – baseball player

  • Park Chu-Young – soccer player

  • Jin Sun-Yu – short-track speed skater, triple gold medalist at 2006 Winter Olympics

  • Bae Sang-moon – golfer, leading money winner on the Japan Golf Tour for the 2011 season

  • Choi Doo-ho – mixed martial artist

  • Chang Yun-jong – 1st runner-up of the Miss Universe 1988, winner of the Miss Korea 1987

  • Son Tae-young – 1st runner-up of the Miss International 2000, 2nd runner-up of the Miss Korea 2000, actress

  • Seo Eun-mi – 1st runner-up of the Miss International 2009, one of two 1st runners-up of the Miss Korea 2009

  • Yoo Ye-bin – winner of the Miss Korea 2013, competed in Miss Universe 2014

  • Kim Tae-Hyung (stage name V) – actor, singer, songwriter, model and member of boy group BTS

  • Min Yoongi (stage name Suga) – rapper, producer, songwriter, model and member of boy group BTS

  • Bae Joo-hyun (stage name Irene) – leader and member of K-Pop girl group Red Velvet

  • Kim Ji-yeon (stage name Bona) – visual and member of K-Pop girl group Cosmic Girls

  • Choi Seungcheol (stage name S.Coups) – leader and member of K-Pop boy group Seventeen

  • Kang Chan-hee (stage name Chani) – main dancer and member of K-Pop boy group SF9

  • Kim Kibum (stage name Key) – member K-Pop boy group SHINee

  • Kim Minjun (stage name Jun. K) – member of K-Pop boy group, 2PM

  • Kim Yu-jin (stage name Uee) – member of K-Pop girl group After School

  • Lee Hee-jin (stage name Red) – model and member of Korean music group Pungdeng-E

  • Lee Jooheon – member of K-Pop boy group Monsta X

  • Park Ji-young (stage name Kahi) – former leader and member of After School

  • Park Sojin – leader and member of K-Pop girl group Girl's Day

  • Nancy Jewel McDonie (stage name Nancy) - member of K-pop girl group Momoland

  • Yang Yena – member of K-Pop girl group APRIL

  • Jang Da-hye (stage name Heize) – singer-songwriter, rapper, participant in Unpretty Rapstar 2

  • Choi Beomgyu (stage name Beomgyu) - member of K-Pop boy group, TXT

  • Kim Donghan – former member of JBJ (band), participant in Produce 101 (season 2)

  • Sung Jae-gi – men's rights activist

Sister cities

Daegu is twinned with the following locations:[50]

  • Atlanta, United States (1981)

  • Almaty, Kazakhstan (1990)

  • Qingdao, People's Republic of China (1993)

  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1994)

  • Hiroshima, Japan (1997)

  • Saint Petersburg, Russia (1997)

  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2002)

  • Taipei, Taiwan (2010)

  • Ningbo, People's Republic of China (2013)

  • Milan, Italy (2015)

  • Chengdu, People's Republic of China (2015)

  • Milwaukee, United States (2017)

Friendship cities

  • Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China (2003)

  • Yancheng, Jiangsu, China (2003)

  • Shenyang, Liaoning, China (2003)

  • Da Nang, Vietnam (2004)

  • Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan (2010)

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2015)

  • Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China (2015)

  • Wuhan, Hubei, China (2016)

  • Bangkok, Thailand (2017)

  • Changsha, China (2018)

  • Kaoshung, Taiwan (2018)

See also

  • List of Korea-related topics

  • List of cities in South Korea

  • History of Daegu

  • Gyeongsang

  • http://www.diof.org [83] Daegu International Opera Festival


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