Taegu (alson known
as Daegu) is the third-largest city in South Korea,
situated between Seoul and Pusan; population (2002
est) 2,543,800. Textiles are the major industry
of the city, but machinery and the metal trades
are also significant and there is a large export
trade in apples to eastern and southeastern Asia.
the Haeinsa Temple (dating from 802), one of the
country's largest monasteries and repository of
the Triptaka Koreana, a collection of 80,000 wood
blocks on which the Buddhist scriptures are carved.
There is also the Tonghwasa temple from the 17th
The city is a major
centre of higher education with five universities,
including Kyongbuk National University (1946).
emblem of the City of Daegu has been used since October
1996. The triangles in the city emblem symbolize Mt.
Palgongsan surrounding Daegu and the arch expresses
the Nakdonggang River flowing through the city. The
emblem was designed in order to present the future-oriented
spirit and international mind of the City of Daegu.
Designated on July 1, 1983, the city bird Eagle represents
the active and progressive spirit of Daegu citizens.
Designated on July 18, 1972, the city tree Fir represents
strength, eternity, and integrity, while Magnolia as
the city flower manifests simplicity, purity, and sacrifice.
city logo has been used to complement the city emblem
since October 10, 1996. Fashiony, as the city mascot
, has helped to enhance the city image as an international
textile and fashion city since March 3, 2000. The traditional
Korean flying figure was conceptualized into the appearance
city brand slogan, Colorful Daegu, was developed in
Dec.31, 2004 to promote Daegu's new appearance with
combined city image marketing. It is expected that the
continuous promotion of the city brand slogan, which
contains the identity and visions of Daegu, will greatly
contribute to the establishment of a positive city image.
The overall image of the design represents a modern
and sophisticated city environment with simple and sharp
handwriting and modeling.
or Taegu , Jap. Taiku, city (1995 pop. 2,449,139), S
South Korea, on the Sincheon and Geum rivers. An indepdendent
metropolitan city, it is a transportation hub, a major
industrial center, and a primary collection and distribution
point for an extensive agricultural and mining region.
Daegu has important textile and machine industries.
The Nakdong River basin supplies raw materials for industry.
During the Korean War the city formed a major bastion
in the United Nations perimeter defense of the Busan
beachhead, and in Aug., 1950, it became the temporary
capital of Korea. Its name is also romanized as Taeku
Daegu is Korea's 3rd largest city, much of it still
retains a countryside feel. The views of Palgong-san
to the north and Ap-san to the south are hidden by smog
less often than the mountains encircling Seoul. The
area is a major textile center for Korea, producing
vast amounts of cloth and clothing. It also serves as
a major hub for metal and machine industries, with several
manufacturing plants from the nation's largest conglomerates.
Agriculturally, the area has much farmland and is especially
known for its apples (resulting from grafting American
apple tress to local crab apple trees by Presbyterian
missionaries in the early 20th century).
Bus: The Hanjin Express Bus Terminal and Hanil-Ch'eonil
Express Bus Terminal are located across the street from
each other, near Tongdaegu Train Station (Shinch'eon-dong,
Dong-gu), and the Seo (West) Express Bus Terminal (Nowon-dong,
Puk-gu) is located in the northwestern area of Daegu.
All have express buses to most major cities in Korea.
For less popular destinations, you will need to use
one of the 4 inter-city bus terminals: Dongbu (east-
Shinch'eon-dong, Dong-gu), Seobu (west- DaeMyeong-dong,
Nam-gu), Nambu (south- MIncheon-dong, Suseong-gu), and
Pukbu (north- Pisan-dong, Seo-gu).
Daegu Airport is 2 km outside of Daegu to the northeast
and has several flights to and from Seoul and Jeju Island
daily. It also has a few flights to and from Sokch'o,
Subway: Line 1 runs from the southwest, through downtown
Daegu, stopping at both train stations, then continues
on to the suburbs to the east.
Daegu Station on the Kyeongbu Line (Seoul to Busan)
is centrally located near the downtown area. All trains,
except for the Saemaul Express trains stop here. One
stop away is Dong (East) Daegu Station, where Saemaul
Express (and all other trains) stop. This station is
the terminus for the Daegu Line which runs between Daegu
and Kyongju and also connects to the Jungang Line which
goes north from Yeongch'eon.