Daegu City Introduction
|Administrative division||Daegu is divided into 7 districts and 1 county : Jung District, Dong District, Seo District, Nam District, Buk District, Suseong District, Dalseo District and Dalseong County.|
Daegu is the third largest city in South Korea after Seoul and Busan. Formerly known as an apple production area and becoming famous for its beautiful women who eat apples a lot, it was named a “City of Apples and Beauties”. Recently, it became a separately administered Metropolitan city notable for its Medicity Center and knowledge-based economy.
Textile industry, metals and machinery, automobile component industry, mobile development and medical care are the major industries of Daegu. Under the motto “Daegu, a Global Leader of Knowledge-Based Economy”, the city is steadily developing its knowledge industry, green growth, education and culture.
Daegu International Airport offers international and domestic flights. The city’s metro system consists of three lines : two underground and one elevated (monorail). Seoul can be reached in 100 minutes and Busan in 50 minutes by the high-speed rail system, Korea Train eXpress (KTX).
Microblades discovered at the Paleolithic site in Wolseong-dong have revealed that the city saw its beginnings about twenty thousand years ago. In 1601, Daegu became the administrative capital of the Gyeongsang province, and the city has prospered as an administrative, transportation, military and cultural center ever since.
Blessed with beautiful nature, Daegu is situated in a basin surrounded by Palgong Mountain in the north and Biseulsan Mountain in the south. Geumho River and its tributary Sincheon River flow through the city. Continuous efforts are directed to the tree planting to ensure the green growth of Daegu.
Being the center of Gyeongsang province, Daegu is rich in cultural heritage sites, such as Donghwasa Temple, Bullo-dong Ancient Tomb Park and Dalseong Park. Blessed with magnificent mountains and rivers, it is a popular tourist destination.
Daegu is a city of various cultural events and stage performances organized throughout the year : Colorful Daegu Festival (May), Chicken and Beer Festival (July), Daegu International Musical Festival (June-July), Daegu International Opera Festival (October-November), Daegu Folk Festival (August) and other.
Daegu is the nation’s largest producer of textile and glasses. International Textile Fair (PID) and Daegu International Optical Show attract notable customers from all over the world.
Wolgok History Museum, Daegu Arts Center, Daegu Local History Museum, Korea Video Museum, Daegu National Museum, Haengso Museum of Keimyung University, Kyungpook National University Museum, Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum, Daegu Sports Museum, Daegu Bangjja Yugi (Korean bronzeware) Museum, Daegu National Science Museum, Daegu Art Museum
Universities and college
Kyungpook National University, Yeungnam University, Keimyung University, Daegu University, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu National University of Education, Daegu Haany University, Kyungpook National University’s Graduate School of Science and Technology
Keimyung College University, Daegu Technical University, Daegu Health College, Daegu Suseong College, Yeungnam University College, Yeungjin Junior College, Taegu Science University
Korea Polytechnic VI, Korea Textile and Fashion Polytechnic
Sometimes, Daegu becomes a filming location. For example, drama “Boys Over Flowers” (Korean version) was shoot at Keimyung University. Another well-known drama filmed in Daegu is “Love Rain”, starring Jang Geun-suk and Im Yoona.
Places of cultural, artistic and historical value
Mt Biseulsan, Dongseongno Street, Seomun Market, Dalseong park, Daegu Tower, Daegu Stadium
Nureun guksu, muchimhoe, spicy dukbokki, makchang gui, blowfish Bulgogi, fried udon, flat dumplings
Famous for Gatbawi (gigantic stone statue of a Buddha wearing a flat stone on his head), Palgongsan is a miraculous mountain famous for numerous temples, such as Donghwasa Temple, Pagyesa temple and Eunhaesa temple. It is also considered to be an excellent midsummer resort.
Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park
This park was the original location of Gyeongsang province, before it was moved to Daegu in 1601, during the Joseon period. Seonhwadang Hall, the former provincial governor’s office, or Jingcheonggak Pavilion, governor’s residence, count among the local precious cultural properties. Turned into a park, this green place is loved and enjoyed by citizens.
Daegu Oriental Medicine Market (Yangnyeongsi)
Yangnyeongsi is a herbal medicine market with a 300-year-old history. On this busy street with 2 Chinese herbal medicine pharmacies, 16 Oriental medicine clinics, 79 wholesalers of ingredients, 15 ginseng stores end 26 herbal medicine shops, visitors can feel the spirit of traditional oriental medicine. Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum introduces the history of the market, and the Medicine Festival held every year in May offers a great variety of events.
Unlike traditional gukbap, which is a soup with rice put inside, the rice and the soup in ttarogukbap (“ttaro” meaning “separately”) are served separately. This spicy and hot soup with beef, green onion, white radish, garlic and red pepper is a speciality in Daegu.
“Jjim” means “to steam”, and “kalbi” means “rib” in Korean. Beef ribs seasoned with hot red pepper and sliced garlic are cooked in an aluminum pot. This dish is unique to Daegu with its hot climate.
Mungtigi is thinly sliced raw beef served with a special seasoning : a mixture of sesame oil, garlic and red pepper powder. This variation of Mungtigi is found only in Daegu, the dish being served only with sesame oil in other regions.