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Taegu Korea

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.

FeaturesNearby is 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 century.

The city is a major centre of higher education with five universities, including Kyongbuk National University (1946).

The 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.

The 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 of Fashiony.

A 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.

Daegu 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 and Taikyu.

Although 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).

Plane: 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, via Seoul.
Subway: Line 1 runs from the southwest, through downtown Daegu, stopping at both train stations, then continues on to the suburbs to the east.

Train: 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.

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