Daegu (South Korea)

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-11-12

Chengdu and Daegu Established Sister-city Relationship on November 10, 2015.
Daegu, formerlly spelled Taegu, and officially known as the Daegu Metropolitan City, is a city in South Korea, the third largest metropolitan area in the nation with over 2.5 million residents. The city is the capital and principal city of the surrounding Gyeongsangbuk-do province, a well-known commercial center in the southern Korean Peninsula.
Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the seacoast, near the Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. Daegu functions as the railway center in South Korea, with a highly developed transportation system. Four Korean presidents, including the incumbent president Park Geun-hye, are from Daegu.
Ever since the South Korean government established the “Free Economic Zone” centered in Daegu in 2008, Daegu’s economy has been developing dramatically. Daegu holds an obvious advantage in such industries as textile, metallurgy and machinery manufacturing, and a series of competitive enterprises have emerged and boomed here. The humid subtropical climate of Daegu is ideal for producing high quality apples, and thus nicknamed "Apple City". Daegu boasts various historical attractions thanks to its long history. With well-established educational infrastructure, the city is home to 34 research institutes institutions and 13 universities.
Economic, cultural and educational exchanges between Chengdu and Daegu:
■ The friendly exchange between Daegu and Chengdu started in 2013. Through the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chengdu, Daegu’s international trade authority expressed its hope to cooperate with Chengdu in all aspects. Soon after, the two cities conducted exchange of visits, and have been keeping a close relationship and working hard together to officially establish a friendly relationship.
■ At the same time, the communication and exchanges between the two cities in the fields of education, business and culture have been progressing remarkably. So far, the Daegu Young Teachers’ Art Troupe and the Daegu Wind 21 Orchestra have participated in the Chengdu International Youth Music Festival, and performed in-depth cultural exchanges with their Chengdu counterparts. A machinery industry association of Daegu has visited Chengdu and convened business promotions in the city many times. With strong support from both cities, 30 companies from the two cities which specialize in the areas of apparel and fabrics, machinery manufacturing and health care, etc, have signed letters of intent to establish partnerships. In addition, the cooperation between the two cities in other aspects have been going very well.
■ In 2014, the Chengdu Municipal People’s Congress and Daegu City Council conducted mutual visits, exchanging in depth the information on economic and social development of each other. Both parties believe that the two cities, with solid foundation for mutual communication and huge potential for partnership, are highly complimentary in industries, and reached a consensus on furthering the mutual exchanges and collaboration in culture, education, as well as trade and business, and facilitating the establishment of the sister-city relationship.
■ In July 2014, Chengdu-Daegu direct air service was officially launched. In October, the two cities signed the letter of intent on establishing the sister-city relationship.
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