Daegu is probably the most under-rated city in the country. Located in the south central region of the Korean peninsula, Daegu is a white collar city with a thriving high-tech industry. It also boasts a highly developed fashion industry, hence, the self proclaimed ‘fashion capital of Korea’ moniker. Daegu is also home to Korea’s most prolific baseball team, the Samsung Lions, and has a solid reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in the country.

Living and Working in Daegu

A Quick Look

Renowned for its hot and humid summers, the geographical location of Daegu makes it a prime spot for weekend adventures. The KTX high speed train cuts directly through the city and weekend trips to Seoul, Busan and other interesting areas are very simple and time constraints are limited.

Generally speaking, Daegu is a big metropolitan city but with a smaller and more welcoming feel to it.

Cost of living in Daegu

Although daily living costs and expenses are noticeably lower than Seoul, Daegu is still slightly more expensive than Korea’s smaller cities.

Foreigners in Daegu

There are lots of western teachers and foreign engineers living in Daegu. The city's big enough to have a large foreigner population, but small enough to be a close knit.

Transportation in Daegu

Daegu has excellent public transportation. In addition to the Daegu subway system and efficient bus routes, the KTX high speed train also goes directly through Daegu. Taking the high speed train north into Seoul (under 2 hours), or South into Busan (less than 50 minutes) is ridiculously easy.

Daegu Entertainment

Daegu is well known for its trendy entertainment districts, professional sports teams, nearby ski resorts, and countless norae-bangs (karaoke rooms), museums, theatres, cafes, restaurants and bars. The city also hosts a number of fantastic festivals throughout the year.

Shopping in Daegu

As the self pro-claimed fashion capital of Korea, there better be some great shopping districts - and there are! Downtown Daegu is littered with hundreds of trendy shops and boutique style stores. They also have a number outlet malls and jumbo size department stores.

Daegu Nightlife

Nightlife in Daegu is extremely vibrant and the entertainment districts are filled with young people 7 days a week. There are a handful of western style dance clubs that play techno, house and hip-hop, plus countless Korean nightclubs which typically play the latest Korean dance and K-pop hits.

Daegu Landscapes

Daegu is surrounded by large mountains and a number of small lakes and rivers. Although Daegu is a large metropolitan city, leaving the downtown core to go hiking on one of the near by mountains, or relaxing along the landscaped riverbanks is rather efficient. There are more than 125 parks and gardens in Daegu for visitors to enjoy!

Pollution in Daegu

Like every large city in Korea, air quality during the warmer summer months is noticeably reduced. As for cleanliness, Daegu is cleaner than Seoul but on par with the other large urban areas in the country.

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