Introductions to Daegu

For some reason the city of Daegu (alternative spelling Taegu) has opted to describe itself as ‘colorful Daegu’. The city is in fact located in South Eastern Korea, 50 miles from the coast set among a wide flat valley, close to the Geumho River and the mainstream of the Nakdong River situated in Gyeongsang-do.

Officially titled the Daegu Metropolitan City, it is recognized as being the fourth largest city in the country following behind Seoul, Busan, and Incheon. Daegu has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants dwelling in a climate which ranges from being hot and humid generally, interspersed with a summer rainy season and cold wintry weather.

Daegu is the capital city of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province with two regions being referred to as Daegu-Gyeonbuk with a combined population of about 5 million.

The city comprises two discreet governments, the Daegu Metropolitan Government located in Jung District and the Gyeonbuk Provincial Government situated in Buk District. The complex provides for eight separate districts with the leaders being elected into office every four years by the citizenry.

Daegu is a major manufacturing region involved in the production of textiles, machinery, and metals supporting the regional economy, with the local GDP in recent times being as high as almost $45,400 million, and probably accounting for a large proportion of South Korean’s trade with the rest of the world.

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