Daegu is a city of living legacy and charm embracing 3,000 years of history. Nestled within wooded mountains and the Gumhogang river flowing around it, Daegu is an ideal place to convene and relax. As the fourth largest city in Korea, it is a central hub to lead to the four UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, where beautifully preserve the sacred land of Buddhism and Confucianism. Daegu focuses on fostering textile fashion and high-tech industries, as well as supporting contemporary art. Most of local cities are connected to Daegu with its outstanding interchange-transportation network. Major attractions in Daegu include parks equipped with diverse recreational facilities, and a traditional herbal medicine market, which has been in operation since the Joseon Dynasty.
The Hub of the National Medical Industry, Korea's Medi-city
“Medi-City Deagu” is the flagship of Korea's medical industry, and is home to twelve general hospitals, 3,000 medical facilities, four medical schools, and one eastern medicine school. The medical industry of Daegu was designated by the government as a key industry to foster and drive new growth. Home to Daegu-Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation research facilities, the Korean Brain Research Institute, and the Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daegu is positioning itself to becoming a global hub city that offers the best in the advanced medical industry.
Daegu, A Leader in the Global Robotics Industry
Daegu has continued to make efforts in fostering new growth in the robotics industry, and as a result, is now home to the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement (KIRA), the sole national institute related to robotics, has the most companies related to robotics outside the capital region, and has the 3rd highest sales, employment and number of companies in the robotics industry in the country. From just 23 companies in 2010, the city grew to house 161 in 2017, and plans to grow as the hub for future robotics in Korea.
Daegu, the City Leading Self-Driving Electric Vehicle
Daegu boasts the largest auto parts industry in the country with over 3,000 car parts manufacturers (Pyung Hwa, SL, Sangsin Brake, etc.) in the area. The city plans to create a new business model based around building a platform to implement the integration of 5G technology into self-driving vehicles, laying the foundation to produce auto parts for future vehicles, and creating the infrastructure and ecosystem required for manufacturing, supplying and testing electric vehicles.
World-Class Self-Sufficient Clean Energy City
With a goal of becoming the first city in Korea to be energy self-sufficient, Daegu hosted the first International Solar Cities Congress in 2004, and has been hosting the International Green Energy Expo & Business Conference, one of the top ten largest solar energy expos in the world, and the International Green Energy Business Conference, each year.
In 2012, the city secured the contract to house the headquarters for International Solar Cities, successfully hosted the 2012 World Energy Congress and 2015 International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress, and succeeded in the bid to host the 2021 World Gas Congress, all of which helped the city make great strides in emerging as a world-class energy city.