Creative Business Hub
To create a vision for the future!
To create synergy effects through ideas and infrastructure
To create a new next-generation of free economic zones
Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone Authority
Creative Business Hub DGFEZ
2014 NEW YEAR ISSUE Vol.02
Address Fl. 15~18, Daegu Trade Center, 489 DongDaegu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea, (zip code:701-824)
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2014 New Year ISSUE Vol.02
To assure Korea’s economic future with DGFEZ’s creative ideas
Creative Business Hub DGFEZ
To create a vision
for the future!
DGFEZ Raises Anchor of Hope,
Setting Sail for Tomorrow!
Asking for Directions on the Scene
2014 New year issue Vol. 02
DGFEZ's Success Story Written Through the Wisdom of Leverage - Commissioner Byung-Rok Choi
Problem-Solver Leads Win-Win Growth of DGFEZ - Chairman Don Kyu Park
Yeongcheon Industry District
International Fashion District
Sinseo Meditech District
Suseong Medical District
Gyeongsan R&BD District
Yeongcheon High Tech Park
Shaping a New World
- Dr. Bradley Nelson
Leading the DGFEZ
- Daegu Technopolis & Yeongcheon Industry District
DGFEZ Raises Anchor of Hope,
Setting Sail for Tomorrow!
- DGFEZ Story Depicted in Pictures
Asking for Directions on the Scene
Publishing Date January 1, 2014 (Vol. 02)
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Home Grounds of the Loyal Suncheon Park Clan - Myogol Village
World-Class ConvergenceResearch University
- Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of
Science and Technology
Travel Back 100 years
Samsung Sprouted in Daegu
- Guryongpo Modern Culture
- First home of Samsung
Company’s Future Lies in Top Minds - KNT Co., Ltd.
Auto Parts Manufacturer and Distributor - Hanjung Co., Ltd.
The Closest To You
- KNUH Daegu Gyeongbuk Regional Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease Center
The 'good doctor' by our side
- Jae-Chan Park, M.D., Cerebrovascular Center Director
Come to Daegu! It will capture your taste buds
- Foreign Students' Recommended Dishes
In my opinion, the success of
foreign investment attraction
is determined by the proactive
and creative thinking of the
entire staff and their attitude
that does not let them give up.
I hope that they take pride in
working at the DGFEZ and that
their jobs open up opportunities
for public contribution and
Through the Wisdom
As its 6th anniversary approaches, Daegu Gyeongbuk
Free Economic Zone Authority (DGFEZ Authority) is
running at full speed to take its second leap forward.
With specific business types assigned to each of its
districts, the DGFEZ's aggressive strategy to win
investment is producing tangible progress. At the
center of it all is Commissioner Byung-rok Choi who not
only has Napoleonic passion and vigor but also displays
wisdom that reminds us of Liu Bang, the founder and
Interview with DGFEZ Commissioner
Emperor of the Han Dynasty in China. Let's meet the
man who is writing the success story of DGFEZ.
Please tell us about your journey as the DGFEZ Commissioner.
he past two years and six months have been so busy that the time has practically flown by. After taking office in August
2011, I faced the urgent task of devising a blueprint for Daegu and Gyeongbuk; namely, how to create new growth engines
for the region. I met so many people; from CEOs of foreign-invested companies such as TaeguTec Ltd. and Valeo Pyeong Hwa
Co. to POSTECH, SL, robust Korean corporations and prospective joint venture businesses, I went to them in person.
I met with experts from various fields, industry-academia-research personnel and central government officials and shared
many views with them. I also asked ambassadors to Korea and foreign chambers of commerce to share their suggestions on
how to improve the business environment in Daegu and Gyeongbuk.
DGFEZ Authority encountered many difficulties when
it first opened due to the recession of the world economy
at the DGFEZ and that their jobs open up opportunities for public
contribution and self-enrichment.
and the construction business in Korea. Through
persistence and hard work, however, we formulated
Please briefly tell us about the DGFEZ's success strategies and goals.
mid- and long-term strategies to develop the DGFEZ
The DGFEZ is different from other FEZs centered on ports and
districts and attract investment. Our efforts began to
logistics. Located inland, DGFEZ must utilize the steel, IT, and
bear fruit in 2011.
automobile clusters in Pohang, Gumi, and Ulsan, respectively -
In 2012, foreign investment in the DGFEZ exceeded
cities that are located about 30~40Km outside Daegu - in order
US$100 million for the first time. Today, it amounts to
to successfully attract foreign investment. At the same time, we
nearly $340 million USD (by MOU standards). When
must build on well-rounded infrastructure in the knowledge-based
I set the goal of raising foreign investment by more
industry and a top-notch R&D foundation. We must ensure that the
than $100 million USD each year, no one was certain it
following four corridors are organically linked to maximize synergies:
was possible. However, we succeeded and now we are
IT convergence, cutting-edge transport parts & materials, green
energy, and knowledge-based services that encompass education,
medicine and culture
What can you say were the main factors to your
In line with the Korean government's First Basic Plan for FEZs
success in winning investment thus far? The most
(July 2013), we finalized the "Mid-term and Long-term Momentum
important factor seems to be all the staff's sweat,
Strategy for the Success of DGFEZ." By accumulating the knowledge
industries, such as culture and medicine, etc,. and giving each
The DGFEZ was behind the other FEZs when
it started out in 2008. Its conditions were far from
business district its own distinctiveness, we will grow the DGFEZ into
a hub for the new growth engine based on global knowledge.
favorable when compared to the other front-running
To be specific, we will create specialized clusters for medicine
FEZs. Despite the fact, the Ministry of Trade, Industry
and software convergence in Suseong Medical District in Daegu. In
and Energy ranked the DGFEZ third overall out of the six
Gyeongbuk's Gyeongsan R&BD District, we will foster a specialized
FEZs in its 2013 FEZ Performance Evaluation, and first
complex for next-generation construction machinery parts. Also, the
in the organizational and business operations category.
establishment of Boeing's MRO Center (Oct. 2013) in Yeongcheon
The tangible progress we made in winning
investments can be attributed to several main factors.
High-Tech Park will be an opportunity to specialize that business
district as an advance base for avionics.
The development projects for the DGFEZ's disricts
including Suseong Medical District and Gyeongsan
R&BD District have made good progress. We
implemented a JV strategy to attract foreign-invested
companies, diversified our foreign business contact
an advance base
channels, built investor relations overseas, introduced
Korea's first integrated business management system
As we mark our sixth anniversary next year, we are working
named the Investment Attraction Management (IAM)
with new resolve and determination. In terms of foreign investment
System, and enhanced promotion through SNS.
attraction, we are aiming to see an annual increase of $100 million
The most important factor to our success, without a
USD, reaching $1 billion USD by 2020. With regards to domestic
doubt, has been the unity of the DGFEZ staff. Together,
investment, we have set a goal of 2.3 trillion KRW. We will focus
we shared the heavy sense of duty that we would take
our energies on winning investments through aggressive, proactive
responsibility for the Daegu and Gyeongbuk economy. In
and tailored activities. In addition to inviting businesses to invest
my opinion, the success of foreign investment attraction
in the DGFEZ, we will also work to improve the living environment
is determined by the proactive and creative thinking
for foreigners including international schools, hospitals and rental
of the entire staff and their attitude that does not let
housing. We will focus all our capacities to position the DGFEZ at the
them give up. I hope that they take pride in working
center of the future's creative economy.
Leading Win-Win Growth
The DGFEZ Association (hereinafter "the Association") exists to accelerate
DGFEZ Association Chairman
the development of DGFEZ's districts and stimulate the attraction of high
Don Kyu Park
quality investments by improving residential conditions and integrating the
local economies of Daegu and Gyeongbuk. Like two wheels on a cart, the
Association works with the DGFEZ to seek out win-win growth and solve
problems through dialogue and consultation for a better future. We met
with the Association Chairman Don Kyu Park.
Before anything is done
or said, remember to
think it through three
I hope you grow through
Don't forget that
"enduring until you
can't endure any longer,
and then enduring
Descendant of Paengneon Park, one of the “Six Martyred
Ministers” becoming Head of the DGFEZ Association
orn in Daegu, I belong to the 18th generation of descendants of
Paengnyeon Park, one of the "Six Martyred Ministers." (Note: The
six martyred ministers or Sayuksin were six ministers of the Joseon
Dynasty who were executed by King Sejo in 1456 for plotting to assassinate
him and restore the former King Danjong to the throne.) My father took
prime responsibility for looking after our ancestors and his last words
before passing away were, "Return to the countryside and look after our
ancestors." After 25 years in Seoul, I moved back to my hometown with my
family and we have been here since. My working career began in Seoul.
Because my family was not well-off, I delivered newspapers in high-school
to pay for school. I started out at small and medium-sized businesses and
then worked at Hyosung Group for 22 years.
After returning to Daegu, I was involved in various business related
activities including consulting and asset management. Then, as an
answer to the call to serve the local community, I became a councilor,
much to the opposition of the family. I worked as an aide for National
Assembly representatives, served as the chairman of the Welfare
Environment Committee for the 4th Daegu Dalseo-gu Council,
served on the Education & Society and Economy & Transportation
Committee for the 5th Daegu Metropolitan City Council, and served
as the chairman of the Economy & Transportation Committee for
the 6th Daegu Metropolitan City Council. Currently, I am a member
of the Committee and an adjunct professor at Yeungjin College. In
addition, I was named “Best Councilor” in the three-year assessment
of all the metropolitan city councils nationwide (5th councilor),
received the “Manifesto Pledge Grand Prize” for regional councilors
(6th councilor), and awarded the “Korea Parliamentary Politics for
the People Award,” a three-year assessment. In August 2012, I was
elected as the third chairman of the DGFEZ Association and am
striving to develop the regional industries of Daegu and Gyeongbuk
and boost the local economy.
DGFEZ and the Association headed towards the same objective
A future-oriented organization moves towards one objective
(goal) with its past, present and future in mind. The Association
and the DGFEZ ought to meet their common goals by making
policy proposals, conducting policy analyses, making effective
use of the budget, and establishing an impartial business
operations system. To this end, the Association is comprised
of 17 members from various sectors: eight from Daegu
Metropolitican City, eight from Gyeongbuk and one from the
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. As the members range
from economy experts, deputy heads of local governments
and councilors of Gyeongbuk Province and Daegu Metropolitan
City, they carry out similar functions and roles as a city
council would for the city. It deliberates and votes on major
issues concerning the operation of DGFEZ Authority,
enacts/amends/abolishes the Association's rules and
regulations, deliberates and sets the budget, authorizes
and evaluates account settlements, and conducts
administrative auditing. "It is very important for us to
achieve the overall objective by our respective strengths
when things are going well and talk to each other to find
best ways when we face problems."
Daegu and Gyeongbuk must go together for economic
The economy grows when the surrounding environment
and circumstances align with it. Everything including
circumstances, law and reality must be factored in when
pursuing goals. More than 30 years of my experiences
in real economy and my position in the Economy and
Transportation Committee has given me the insight to
see Daegu's present, past and future with a macroscopic
perspective. Only when Daegu and Gyeongbuk are
incorporated fundamentally can its economy be revived.
The local economy of Daegu and Gyeongbuk can help the
national economy determine which direction to take in the
world economy. Cities compete with one another in today's
world economy. With the integration of the Daegu and
Gyeongbuk economy, the combined population is now five
million. I will help lead the revival of the urban economy
to suit this growth by prioritizing the early construction of
a private international airport for southern Korea and the
relocation of intake water sources.
To all the young people! Start from the bottom up.
Life is learned through hardship. Don't always look
higher. When life is hard, you’d better look back those in
worse situations. Then, you will have a heart of gratitude
and consideration. Before anything is done or said,
remember to think it through three times beforehand. I
hope you grow through perseverance. Don't forget that
perseverance means "enduring until you can't endure
any longer, and then enduring some more."
ith its 5th anniversary in 2013, Daegu Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone Authority (DGFEZ Authority) raised its
anchor of hope and set sail towards new leaps and bounds. Since Commissioner Byung-Rok Choi took the helm
of DGFEZ in 2011, DGFEZ has introduced a Joint Venture Strategy, Targeted Investment Promotion actions, and Korea's
first Investment Attraction Management (IAM) System, making much progress in attracting some of the world's leading
firms including Korea Nakamure-Tome (KNT Co., Ltd) in 2011 followed by Hyundai-Cummins Engine Company, Daicel
At 10 a.m. on March 20, 2013 (Wed.), the twenty-member "The
DGFEZ Hope Volunteer Team" was launched in the presence
of the entire DGFEZ family at the DGFEZ Authority's Office
building. The team was created to lead efforts in spreading
"a culture of sharing, consideration and giving" by organizing
volunteer programs that benefit local residents in its ten FEZ
business districts located in the Daegu & Gyeongbuk Region.
Volunteers would offer their time and talents in various ways
including farming help, visiting welfare facilities, disaster relief,
interpretation at international events, and musical performances.
Depicted in Pictures
the true meaning of
and delivering hope
to the community
Setting Sail for
On October 23, 2013, key officials from the
Bavarian State Government, Nuremberg Chamber
of Commerce and Industry, Germany SMEs
Association and DGFEZ authority met together at
the Bavarian State Government Building in Munich
and agreed to hold a large-scale investment session in Daegu in March
2014. On October 28, DGFEZ Authority and European Free Zone Authority
signed an MOU to cooperate in investment attraction in Istanbul, Turkey. In
addition to this, DGFEZ Authority has been seeking out interested businesses,
organizations and institutions in Europe, Japan and the U.S., doing its best to
promote itself and highlight its investment attraction merits.
Travelling the world
to promote the
DGFEZ and attract
Co., Ltd., Faurecia Corporate, and NOK Co., Ltd. With a 285% increase in investment attraction year-on-year, DGFEZ
topped the rankings among the Koreas's six free economic zones in the "2013 Ministry of Trade, Industry & Economy's
Nationwide Free Economic Zone Authority Performance Evaluation."
Armed with the vision of becoming a "knowledge creation based global FEZ", the DGFEZ is charging forward. It was
designated as a free economic zone (FEZ) in 2008 and 8.124 trillion KRW (USD 7.6 billion)was invested to create ten
districts in the Daegu, Gyeongbuk area by 2020. The DGFEZ, by pursuing various projects and actively attracting
investments, will continue to develop as a global platform for the Daegu and Gyeongbuk Economy that will help upgrade
the region's industrial powers. To ensure the success of a DGFEZ that will drive the bright future and limitless growth of
Daegu and Gyeongbuk, it is essential that the DGFEZ and the residents of the province join hands together.
- Let's move toward a
bright future for Daegu
and Gyeongbuk by
Around 130 people including city and provincial officials and
DGFEZ staff gathered to celebrate DGFEZ Authority's 5th
anniversary on August 13, 2013 in the Assembly Room on the
4th floor of the Daegu Trade Center. While attendees reflected
on the significance of the past five years, public officials
who made notable contributions were recognized. A special
performance by the DGFEZ's own music club made the event
feel like a family affair.
An investment information session was held at 11 a.m. on 28
August 2013 (Wed.) in which 26 dignitaries and businessmen
attended including Michel Probst, the Ministry of Economy
of the Jura in Switzerland, representatives from the luxury
brand Bulgari and other top world-class companies, as well
ad officials from the Swiss Embassy in Seoul. Their visit came
at a time when the DGFEZ had been devoting its energies in
inviting leading business from Japan, China and Europe to
share with them the merits and advantages of investing in the
oon to mark its 6th anniversary in 2014, the DGFEZ is asking itself some very
serious questions. Namely, which direction should it take from here? Until
now, it had devoted its energies on consolidating its internal system and attracting
foreign investments. As the saying "The beacon does not shine on its own base"
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Small but strong businesses, R&D hub,
qualified labor force, good living conditions and
advanced knowledge-based service industry
all make the DGFEZ attractive for foreign
investors. Also, Daegu and Gyeongbuk have
the most UNESCO World Cultural Heritages in
Korea including Bulguksa, Seokguram Grotto,
Gyeongju Historic Areas, Andong Hahoe
Village and Gyeongju Yangdong Village. And
as the cradle of Korea's three major ancient
cultures of Buddhism, Confucianism and
Gaya, the region is great for tourism. Five of
the nine seowon (Confucian memorial halls)
included on UNESCO's Tentative List can be
found here. Daegu and Gyeongbuk is, without
a doubt, the best place for domestic and
international tourists to see authentic Korea.
Hear what they say,
from DGFEZ colleagues to Daegu residents and expats!
I will build up my
and do my best to
avid learner at DGFEZ
I'm proud of Daegu
and Gyeongbuk for
becoming a model
long-time Daegu resident
I have been working here for less than 6
months, so I am still getting used to the
DGFEZ, It's been a great first workplace for
me to begin my career as a new graduate.
I enjoy telling friends about the free economic
zone and our famous districts such as the
Daegu Technopolis, the Sinseo Meditech
District, and the Esiapolis. Sometimes, when I
travel to Seoul or other areas for work, people
compliment us about the DGFEZ's work
ethic which is rewarding and makes me feel
proud. Some have told me they hear about the
DGFEZ through our promotional booklets and
advertising. I am passionate about my job and
will make sure to deliver interesting DGFEZ
news to our followers.
This is the first time that public officials from
Daegu City and Gyeongbuk Province have
worked together on such a large scale since
Daegu was placed under direct administration
by the central government in the early 1980s.
Generally, about 120 Daegu and Gyeongbuk
officials come and go in two-year cycles, so
the DGFEZ is becoming a mixing ground for
the two local governments. At the DGFEZ, we
address regional issues together.
We march together to attract foreign
investment, improve the living environment
for foreigners, and instill global minds in the
community. This will be a key in realizing the
vision of Daegu and Gyeongbuk.
alludes, it is easy to overlook important matters at a time like this. More often than not, the answer is found nearby rather
than far away. Let's really listen to the voices of our DGFEZ colleagues with whom we work at least eight hours a day and
our neighbors in the Daegu and Gyeongbuk region as captured in "Messages of Hope for the DGFEZ's Tomorrow." Hear
what they have to say about the DGFEZ's role and its future, Daegu and Gyeongbuk's prized attractions, and expectations of
the DGFEZ Magazine. Their words should shed some light on the path ahead for the DGFEZ to take.
Jin-Seok Kim who handles business with
DGFEZ since its beginning
DGFEZ Daegu Bank
like family let's go DGFEZ!
I believe the DGFEZ is doing the most to create jobs and
boost the local economy in Daegu and Gyeongbuk. I think
that the current development of Gyeongsan R&BD District
and Suseong Medical District, in particular, will bring
construction machinery businesses and large-
Hyeon-Mi Woo born and raised in
scale medical institutions from home and
abroad to the areas. Not only will this
create jobs but also an influx of foreign
tourists who want to experience
excellent medical service, making
the future more promising for Daegu
and Gyeongbuk. It would be nice to
DGFEZ Daegu Bank
Generally, public officials have an
image of being stern and precise in
everything. But the humorous and
kind DGFEZ officials I met while
read about the success in attracting such
handling the DGFEZ affairs at the
foreign firms in the DGFEZ Magazine.
bank changed my stereotype of
What has surprised me most is
being treated like a part of DGFEZ
even though I work for the bank.
Let's go DGFEZ!
Valeria one-year resident of Daegu
I was awed byf
the beauty o de
International student from Russia
The people of Daegu and Gyeongbuk are so kind and the natural scenery is splendid.
I took a trip to the sea in Guryongpo, Pohang. I could experience traditional Korea as I
walked along the old roads. I cannot forget the beauty there and I would definitely visit
again. After studying digital design at Catholic University of Daegu, I want to live in the
pretty city of Hayang, Gyeongbuk.
Na-Ri Ha commuter from Yeongcheon
working at the Catholic University of Daegu
As you know, Gyeongsan is an education city.
Clustered around the Hayang area are educational
institutions from Daegu Haany University to Kyungil
University, Yeungnam University, Daegu University
and Catholic University of Daegu. This means there
are a lot of foreign students - around 90 at our
school alone. I hope the DGFEZ Magazine features
more on the lives of international students.
Tell us more stories
about the lives of
foreign students in
Daegu and Gyeongbuk
Let’s find out the DGFEZ Districts
Yeongcheon Industry District
Gyeongsan R&BD District
Yeongcheon High-Tech Park
Gumi Digital District
Pohang Fusion Tech District
About Gyeongbuk Province
yeongsangbuk-do lies on the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula,
bounded by the East Sea to the east. The extensive transportation networks
by air, rapid transit railways and expressways enable people to reach most parts
of Gyeongsangbuk-do from Seoul in 50 minutes to 3 hours. Gyeongsangbuk-do
is located between 35° 34E and 37° 33E north latitude, which is approximately the
same latitude as Washington D.C. (U.S.), Tokyo (Japan), Lanzhou (China), Teheran
(Iran) and Lisbon (Portugal). The residents of Gyeongsanbuk-do have inherited the
patriotic and scholarly perspective of loyalty and perseverance, along with a strong
sense of justice. Consequently, the province initiated Sae-Maeul Undong Movement
(new village movement), and Nature Conservation Movement that aided in upholding
a national perspective.
About Daegu Metropolitan City
aegu grew into one of the country’s three
largest cities along with Seoul and Busan.
Daegu in the 21st century is one of the most thriving
metropolitan cities in the region, providing venues
for some of the world’s largest cultural events,
such as the 2003 Summer Universiade and the
2011 IAAF World Championships. Today, the city is
committed to ensuring a new, brighter future under
the motto “Daegu, a Global Leader of KnowledgeBased Economy” via its systematic efforts directed at
developing its knowledge industry, green growth, and
education and culture.
Sinseo Meditech District
International Culture District
International Fashion District
Suseong Medical District
Major Global Companies around the Daegu & Gyeongbuk Region
Supplying 31 million
tons of steel annually
Supplying 120 million
cell phones annually
Supplying 1.4 million
Machinery & Automobiles
Supplying 1.6 million
Busan 1500kton Container Terminal 1500Kton
What is the DGFEZ
reated in 2008, Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone Authority(DGFEZ Authority) is a special
government agency that offers customized facilities and space (manufacturing, R&D, logistics)
for companies operating in the Korean and Asia-Pacific market. DGFEZ Authority also provides
financial incentives and relaxed government regulations for global companies. The Daegu-Gyeongbuk
Free Economic Zone has 10 sites located in the heart of 3 major manufacturing and R&D clusters
(Transportation, Green Energy, IT/ Electronics). Companies are provided with the opportunity to work
in a high-quality living and working environment while maximizing synergies with knowledge-based
services and manufacturing companies.
Spearheading the DGFEZ
Joint investment worth
$50 million USD
Spillover effect on the local economy;
3.5 trillion KRW
6.4 trillion KRW
in added value
wo districts are blowing favorable winds in the sails of the DGFEZ, recently winning
sizeable foreign investments; The Daegu Technopolis is a specialized economic
zone (SEZ) that is leading the creative economy with its harmonious provision of housing,
education, culture and leisure, while the Yeongcheon Industry District is on its way to become
a central production mecca for cutting-edge transportation parts and materials. The Daegu
Technopolis proved its worth as an investment district on September 30, 2013 (Mon.), when
it succeeded in attracting a joint investment worth $50 million USD with UGint Co., Ltd., a
World Class 300 business. The Yeongcheon Industry District is emerging as the center of
the global auto parts industry, successfully signing investment MOUs with multinational
transportation parts and materials corporations in the U.S. France, Japan, and Taiwan. This
edition of DGFEZ will cover the current state and strategies of these two districts.
Global industrial base,
Creating an estimated
Daegu Technopolis District
Location Yuga-myeon (7.27㎢), Hyeonpung, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
Business Types Green energy, future automobiles, IT convergence,
Daegu Technopolis, hitting a large investment home run
he foundation construction of Daegu Technopolis was completed in late 2013, and the
infrastructure construction is 95% complete (as of October 2013). The R&D database of the
district is being built solidly as DGIST, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute,
and Korea Institute of Industrial Technology have already moved in, with the Korea Institute of
Machinery & Materials soon to follow. Three firms including Hyundai IHL and Nakamura-Tome
Precision Industry are already in operation as well. And with twenty businesses constructing their
factories, The Daegu Technopolis is steadily shaping its stature as a high-tech comprehensive
new city for IT convergence. On September 30, 2013 (Mon) The Daegu Technopolis won a joint
investment totalling $50 million USD with Daegu ‘Star Company’ and World Class 300 business
UGint Co., Ltd., Cayman Island's EastBridge Asian Mid-Market Opportunity Fund L.P., and Saudia
Arabia's Dallah Albaraka Group. As such, The Daegu Technopolis is solidifying its status as a Free
Economic Zone. As long as the small but strong businesses in Daegu find ways to connect with the
investors of this investment, a steady stream of further investments can be expected to follow suit.
[ Now ]
Site of the “sea change”
From the entrance of Daegu Technopolis, the newly paved Techno Daero Road stretches
to Mt. Biseulsan in the distance, a residential complex is seen to the left, the industrial
complex is to the right, and a tall aerial ladder marks the development site. Considering
the district was all but a wide stretch of fields under Mt. Biseulsan when construction
began five years ago in December 2008, The Daegu Technopolis has experienced a major
sea change, transforming itself into a completely new world.
Consecutive investment home runs (UGint, EastBridge, Dallah, etc.)
The large-scale investment of approximately 75 billion KRW (of
which foreign investment is 54.2 billion KRW or $50 million USD)
will be highly beneficial. As a result of the joint investment, UGint will
increase its production rate t0 600 tools per month. As it aims for
the world's top three in tapping center production, it is expected to
create jobs and lead technological development in the mechatronics
sector. The period of the investment project is expected to last from
2013 to 2018, and construction is planned to begin in March 2014.
Foundation building goes smoothly
The foundation construction of Daegu Technopolis including roads, water and sewage,
and wastewater treatment plant has been going smoothly. It is currently 95% complete
and will be wrapped up by the end of 2013. Construction on some blocks including
the Yonghwasa site, delayed because of land compensation procedures for religious
site and civil complaints. In addition, construction of electricity work carried out by the
KEPCO was also delayed. However both constructions will be finished in 2014. After the
basic infrastructure is all set up in December 2013, the area will gradually take on the
appearance of a new city. New apartment buildings will be ready for residents and access
roads will be open by late 2014, at which point commercial facilities, financial institutions,
medical facilities and other convenience facilities will begin to open their doors.
Top firms quick to move in
Excluding the area reserved for foreign investment (398,640㎡), 95% of the industrial land in the Daegu
Technopolis has already been sold. Eighty-four companies and research institutes have signed sale
contracts for plots of land, while eleven companies have begun construction. Factory operations are
already underway for Hyundai IHL and Nakamura-Tome Precision Industry. When upwards of 100
companies will be operating in full swing by 2015, the Daegu Technopolis will be able to boast of its
stature as a cutting-edge comprehensive city of 50,000 residents in which housing, industry and research
are well-incorporated. It is expected to drive the stimulation of the local economy by creating an estimated
84,000 jobs, a local economic ripple effect of 3.5 trillion KRW, and 6.4 trillion KRW in added value.
[ Strategy ]
“Divide and conquer”
DGFEZ has been maximizing the performance of its overseas IR activities and
accumulated experiences to achieve tangible results in attracting investments by
tailoring its strategies for a narrowed-down selection of targets. Now that the DGFEZ
is entering the 2nd phase of its history, it chooses to focus on countries with high
investment potential such as Germany and Japan. This “divide and conquer” strategy
will enable it to respond flexibly to changes in international circumstances.
Making use of international events
DGFEZ authorities actively participates in various international events such as
Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 in Istanbul (Sept. 2013) and the 22nd
World Energy Congress (Oct. 2013). It recognized the events as an opportunity for
practical investment negotiations by building preliminary investor relations with
participating companies ahead of the upcoming year.
Strengthening city-province cooperation
Daegu City and Gyeongbuk Province plan to form a delegation for
joint investment attraction to send to large-scale overseas expos and
exhibitions, where international investors and businesses gather. In
doing so, efficiency of investment attraction activities will be raised while
the real effects of the economic integration of Daegu and Gyeongbuk will
Building a sturdy R&D database
Building sturdy infrastructure for R&D will be the driving force behind the rise of Daegu Technopolis
as a mecca of the IT convergence industry. Already situated inside the Technopolis is DGIST, ETRI Daegu Gyeongbuk Research Center, KITECH - Daegu Center, and Daegu National Science Museum,
while the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials will open soon. The presence of this range of
research institutions equipped with expertise allows the Daegu Technopolise to formulate regionbased matrix strategies for four major specialized fields: smart IT convergence devices, medical
convergence devices and materials, green energy convergence, and mechatronics convergence.
At the same time, it serves as a foundation for designing a long-term road map for the INNOPOLIS
Daegu by 2025 (Daegu R&D Special District).
Spearheading the DGFEZ
of Korean automobile production
of Korean automobile parts businesses
of Korean shipbuilding
Parts industry in a global cluster
to the industry
Yeongcheon Industry District
Location Guam-ri (1.47㎢), Geumho-eup, Bonchon-dong,
Chaesin-dong, Yeongcheon-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
Business Types metal machinery, automobile parts,
Global Cluster of Cutting-Edge Transportation Parts and Materials Industry, Yeongcheon Industry District
ocated behind Korea’s largest automobile production base, the Yeongcheon Industry District will
become a global industry district for high-tech transportation parts and materials by utilizing the
human resources and R&D infrastructure from the nearby city of Daegu and the Gyeongsan knowledge
industry district. It aims to invigorate the high-tech industry that encompasses intelligent auto parts and
electric/mechanic/assembly metals. The potential of Yeongcheon as a city is boundless. Located in the
vicinity is a supply of top research personnel, technologies and equipment. It lies at the center of Daegu, the
leader of the medicine and intelligent auto industries, and the industrial cities of Pohang, Gyeongju, Busan,
Ulsan and Gumi. Its proximity to airports and ports in particular are geographical advantages that prove its
potential to become a global cluster for the high-tech parts industry.
[ Now ]
Multinational global high-tech auto parts makers are choosing
the Yeongcheon Industry District as their final destination
Yeongcheon Industry District is located behind Busan, Ulsan, and Changwon, which comprise Korea’s largest
production base for finished automobiles. As such, it has great accessibility and is ideal for parts and materials
companies. The formation of an industrial network with car parts and materials makers based in Daegu, Gyeongju
and Gyeongsan makes the Yeongcheon Industry District an ideal location for responding quickly to the needs of
finished car makers.
Despite the worldwide economic recession, the value of Yeongcheon Industry District is being proved by the
investments being made by multinational global car parts makers and the fervor with which domestic companies
are moving in. In addition to the investment agreements with Japanese companies Daicel and NOK, Yeongcheon
Industry District has signed investment MOUs that total $61 million USD with four companies: Lih Feng Jiing
Enterprise (Taiwan) in August 2013, DIC Corporation (Japan) in September, BWA (U.S.) in November, and PENOX
High rate of land sales, diverse car parts companies move in
With the expected completion on December 31st, 2013, about 90% of the land has been sold. So far,
forty two domestic firms and seven foreign companies have moved in, of which twenty deal with auto
parts, another twenty with metal processing and machinery parts, and nine with electricity, chemical,
etc. As the relevant companies, such as suppliers of raw materials, logistics firms and manufactures,
are evenly distributed in this region, it is possible for the companies operating in the district to reveal a
strong competitive edge.
Cornerstone of creative economy and job creation
Many promising companies from home and abroad including DSSK, PNDT, Jin
Yang, and Han Jung have either begun or completed factory construction. When they
begin operations in the 2nd half of 2014, it is estimated that about 3,500 new jobs and
additional 1,000 indirect employments will be created. All told, Yeongcheon populations
will be increased by 100,000 and employment creating effects, approximately 4.5% per
1,000 people, will be carried out. As such, the district is expected to play an important
role in promoting local economy.
[ Strategy ]
A truly set-apart parts and materials cluster
The greatest advantage of Yeongcheon Industry District is that it lies in the center
of Korea's largest industrial cluster for parts and materials. Their geographical
advantage means it can accelerate industrial development of neighboring areas as
well as produce synergy effects. It can also easily secure a skilled labor force. Less
than one hour away from Korea's largest finished car maker, the Yeongcheon Industry
District has the optimal conditions as a high-tech parts and materials industrial
district for the production of high-tech parts and materials.
Lightning-speed ONE-STOP administrative service support
Major considerations for foreign investors and domestic companies when deciding to invest in
a region are associated with oncerning various permits and licenses that they may encounter
during construction. In fact, the Japanese company Daicel Corp. ran into various problems
related to its factory construction such as cultural properties and fire protection facilities when it
began investment in November 2011.
To prepare for such problems, DGFEZ Authority dispatched a public official to help solve all
of the problems, and the factory construction was completed as planned. Dicel Corporation
has expressed its satisfaction with DGFEZ’s proactive support. DGFEZ Authority will continue
to dispatch public officials that can provide customized support to the investing company. The
proactive support shown by the DGFEZ is garnering the interest of foreign companies looking to
Dongdaegu Station, Ulsan Station, and the Singyeongju KTX Station are
easily accessible from the Yeongcheon Industry District. The Gyeongbu
Expressway Yeongcheon IC is five minutes away, and expressways
connect Daegu to Busan and Pohang. Daegu International Airport,
Kimhae International Airport, and Ulsan Airport are each located less
than 1.5 hours away while Pohang Yeongilman Port, Busan Port, and
Ulsan Port are located in the vicinity, facilitating exports and logistics.
Abundant knowledge infrastructure
The Daegu and Gyeongbuk region is well-served by 51 universities that produce approximately
70,000 outstanding talents each year. Solid R&D infrastructure has been built to boost the
high-tech industry which covers intelligent automobile parts and electric/mechanic/assembly
metals. Gyeongbuk Hybrid Technology Institute and Gyeongbuk Research Institute of Vehicle
Embedded Technology are conveniently nearby, while knowledge is produced from universities,
public research institutions, university-affiliated research centers, and corporate research
centers. This facilitates the formation of an industrial cluster for the development of hybrid and
embedded convergence technologies.
Source Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
radley Nelson is a robotics engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich,
which signed an MOU with Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
in June 2010. He enjoys samgyeopsal and other Korean barbecue and has even experienced the
world of freedom and imagination through Andong Hahoe Village's traditional mask theatre.
Read more about what this Daegu and Gyeongbuk enthusiast has to say.
Shaping a New
South Korea is a great idea and imagination beyond
Faithful realization of these ideas in people
Powerhouse of talent. DGIST such a short time is
Go figure stood watching from the beginning
Very very impressed.
Dr. Bradley Nelson,
DGIST Adjunct Professor,
is engaging in the R&D
of Medical Micro-Robots
Q I think it seems like that you had a great interest in robot
and science since you were young. What motivated you to
study robotics engineering?
I planned to study control engineering after I got my bachelor’s
degree, but the closest project I could find was in robotics, so I
accidentally started studying robotics. It was a good accident.
Q Hi, first of all, thank you for taking your time to
have interview with me today. Please give me a brief
introduction of yourself. (including your home town,
I grew up in small towns in the Midwestern part of
the United States, in the state of Illinois. For the past
eleven years I have lived in Zurich, Switzerland. I like
to ski in the winter, and if I am someplace warm near
the ocean, I like to scuba dive.
Q I know that you are currently in charge of MultiScale Robotics Lab of the Institute of Robotics and
Intelligent Systems at Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology Zurich. You visited DGIST for the first time
in June 6, 2010 in order to specialize in the study of
robotics engineering. What was your first impression
of Korea and Daegu?
Korea is a country with big ideas and hard working
people that make these ideas happen. It is very
Q What was the most memorable moment as an adjunct
professor in the department of robotics engineering at
My most memorable moment was when we found out one
of the projects we started at DGIST was going to appear on
the cover of one of the top journals in our field. Then I knew
robotics engineering at DGIST was going to become a first
Q What is the vision for the future of robotics engineering
and what would you like to accomplish in the future with your
students at DGIST?
We will soon see more medical robotics adopted in hospitals,
and the next step after that will be microrobotics in hospitals. I
want the students at DGIST to lead this effort in microrobotics,
and I want to see them doing research that ends up in
hospitals and helps people.
impressive to watch DGIST being built from the ground
up in such a short time. I find the people of Daegu are
Q What was the best food you had in Daegu?
very nice, down-to-earth people.
Q What was the most unforgettable and exotic culture in Korea?
I really enjoyed seeing a traditional Korean play in Hahoe Folk Village, An-dong,
even though I didn’t understand much.
Q I want to have your thoughts about ‘philosophy’ and ‘happiness’ of your life.
What was the best book you have ever read and please tell me about your motto
The most important book I read was when I was 18 years old. It was by the
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and was called “On the Genealogy of Morals.”
It helped me form a philosophy about life, about delivering on your promises
and not making excuses when things go wrong. My favor quote is by the famous
engineer Theodore von Karman: “The scientist describes what is; the engineer
creates what never was.” I want my engineering students at DGIST to “create
what never was.”
Q Finally, Daegu Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone (DGFEZ) attracts many foreign
investments and foreigners to live by providing housing, education, and cultural
and leisure facilities. Please leave a message to those of you who associated with
DGFEZ and live in Korea.
Korea is a beautiful country. The more I learn about its history and the people, the
more beautiful and the more interesting it becomes.
Imagination into reality by
Daegu-Gyeongbuk life is evident in the second,
You will have a wonderful gift happiness.
Classic Tour 1
The Sayuksin, six ministers of the Joseon Dynasty who opposed the usurpation of
throne by King Sejo, suffered a tragic death. Paeng-nyeon Park, Sam-mun Seong,
Wi-ji Ha, Gae Yi, Seong-won Yu, and Eung-bu Yu - their loyalty to the former king
Danjong turned them into rebels who were all executed. Today, the only remaining
bloodline of the six families- the Suncheon Park Clan - can be found in Myogol
Village in Daegu. Let's visit the place that the Sayuksin called home.
Daegu Myogol Village, Yukshin Shrine
Address Myo-ri 640, Habin-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
Classic Part. 1
of the Loyal
in Dalseonggun, Daegu
Paeng-nyeon Park, the only one of the martyred six
to leave an offspring
The labor pains began. The wife of Paeng-nyeon
Park‘s second son clenched her teeth. She, a
member of the Seongju Lee clan, had returned to her
mother's house in Daegu for the childbirth. The baby
was destined to die after birth because her husband's
household, the Park clan, was deemed a rebel family
and had since dispersed and scattered. She had just
received word that her husband, Soon Park, was
hung to death when the contractions started. She
chased away the painful thoughts by shaking her
Classic Tour 1
hat she needed to do right now was focus
on delivering the baby and nothing else. She
pushed with all her might. It felt like her bones were
being crushed but she would not give up. As soon as
she heard the baby's willful wailing, she fainted. When
she came back to her senses, she saw that the baby had
been washed and dressed in a white benet jeogori, the
traditional clothing worn by newborns. Her maidservant
was sitting gently by her side and said, "You did a great
job. You have a healthy son." She looked at her baby's tiny
face. The newborn closely resembled his grandfather.
"Your grandfather would've been overjoyed to meet you..."
She could not hold back her tears any longer.
She and her maidservant, who was also pregnant,
agreed to switch babies with one other if the maidservant
gave birth to a girl. By divine providence, the maidservant
had a baby girl. The boy was named Bi Park朴婢 and
One cannot serve two masters
The crow may look white in the snow and rain but it is black
Can the glowing moon be dark in the night!
My single-hearted devotion to you shall not change
When the Sayuksin were being tortured in prison, King Sejo
tested them by reciting the lyrics to "Hayeoga," the song that
Taejong sang to Jeong Mong-ju. Paeng-nyeon Park expressed
his loyalty to the former king and reciprocated in kind with the
above poem. Some of the lines are recorded above. The son
of high minister Jung-rim Park, Paeng-nyeon Park was born
would be raised as the maidservant’s child. She turned
in 1417 in a farming village of Hwadeok-hyeon. He passed
to her maidservant and said, "This baby came out of your
the civil service examination in the 16th year of King Sejong
womb." Needing no further explanation, the maidservant
(1434). He was favored by Sejong the Great, who selected him
received the baby into her arms and took him to her
as a scholar in Jiphyeonjeon, the "Hall of Worthies" along
home in Myogol Village. Growing up there in secret, the
with Sam-mun Seong. When King Sejo assumed the throne,
baby's life was spared.
he plotted the reinstatement of King Danjong. The attempts
This baby lived to be the only descendant of the entire
ended in failure and everyone involved in the plot along with
Sayuksin and their families. He grew up secretly in
their family members were executed in the second year of
Myogol Village. In the days of King Seongjong, the new
King Sejo's reign (1456).
king, he even entered public service under the name
The Sayuksin died in the hands of King Sejo for refusing to
"Il-san Park." With the inheritance he received from his
acknowledge his forced takeover of the throne and attempting
mother's family as their only heir, he built a house for his
to restore King Danjong to power. As a result, all the direct
own family there and settled in Myogol. As time went by,
male descendants up to the third generation were hung
the extended Park family inhabited village, which grew
to death, while the females became maidservants of the
and grew. As such, he became the head of the Myogol
Suncheon Park clan.
of the Loyal
Survey of Myogol, a village protected by the
Myogol Village remembers the loyalty of the Sayuksin
In the innermost part of the village is Yuksinsa Temple, a shrine in
Upon entering Myogol Village from the
honor of the Sayuksin. The shrine houses the ancestral tablets of the
wide road and pass the bus stop in front of
Sayuksin along with Taegojeong Pavilion and Sungjeoldang. When
the community hall, the gentle village-like
entering through Waesammun, the outer gates, the shrine's premises
atmosphere leads you into a different world just
blanketed by a pristine lawn enter my view. The area is clean and
a few meters away. Indications of life almost go
charming, but stately at the same time. To the left is a pond with fresh
unnoticed in this world marked by a leisurely
lotus leaves in it. Front and center is a staircase above which you can
silence that flows through the perfectly curved
see Hongsalmun, a red spiked gate. Behind the gates, a large six-sided
paths, tidy ivory colored hanoks - traditional
monument preserves the records of the Sayuksin's achievements. The
Korean houses, and glossy black roof tiles.
top of the steep staircase is marked by Naesammun, the inner gates that
Once we passed through the entrance, we
guard the shrine. A peek through the cracks of the locked gate reveals the
are greeted by a kind middle-aged woman,
shrine's wooden signboard that reads Sungjeongsa崇正祠. The Sayuksin's
an elderly man slowly riding a bicycle, and a
ancestral tablets are enshrined inside. Behind the building, stone steps
dog wagging its tail. At one point in its history,
climb a low hill, on which stands Chunguisa Temple. The black roof tiles
Myogol Village was crowded with more than
and the panorama of Myogol Village stretch out below the hilltop like
As the years passed, however, the younger
On the right side of the premises is Taegojeong Pavilion, Treasure
generations moved to the city, leaving only
No. 554. During the Japanese Invasion (1592-1598), the pavilion was
about 30 hanoks still intact. The village
damaged while the corresponding main residence was burnt down.
entrance is marked by Chunghyodang,
The pavilion was reconstructed in 1614. Most pavilions have just one
originally built as an annexed house by the
signboard, but two are hung on Taegojeong. "Ilsiru" is carved on the
county governor of Geumsan-gun, Sunggo, a
second one, which means "living properly and uprightly," much like the
seventh generation descendant of Paengnyeon
loyalty demonstrated by Paengnyeon Park. Also, this area is surrounded
Park, in the 22nd year of King Injo's reign (1644).
by buildings designated as cultural heritages: important folklore cultural
Later, it was renamed "Chunghyodang" and
property Samgaheon, Daegu tangible cultural properties Dogokjae, and
used as an educational space to teach loyalty,
filial piety, and law. The house was originally
History and fidelity can be seen where ever you look in Myogol Village.
built with five rooms across the front and two
Maybe that explains why the descendants of Paengnyeon Park living
on the sides, but an upper floor was built in
there seemed so proud of their village; each of them was so warm and
1995 when the house was moved to its current
kind-hearted. Even the wind blowing through the village where the spirit
of the Sayuksin lives on is crisp and clear.
Classic Tour 2
Photos from Pohang City Hall
Classic Part. 2
Modern Culture History Alley
Guryongpo Modern Culture History Alley
Bus Take Bus #200 or #200-1 (Guryongpo-bound) from downtown to "Guryongpo"
Car Gyeongbu Expressway→Dodong JC→Pohang-Daegu Expressway→Pohang Toll Gate→Guryongpo Bypass
Guryongpo Modern History Museum
Located in the Modern Culture History Alley.
Open 10:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Mondays)
The ocean breeze is the first to greet me as it tosses my hair around.
The stately entrance framed by the words
“Guryongpo Modern Culture History Alley” also welcomes me.
hat do you associate with “Guryongpo”? Most may think of the region’s famed king crabs and
gwamegi (half-dried saury). Let's revisit history class, shall we? When the Japanese left Korea
after liberation, their abandoned houses were referred to as jeoksan gaok (literally, "enemy houses").
In Guryongpo there are especially many of these because Japanese migrants in search of new fisheries
had explored and settled there, giving it the nickname "Japan Town." Such residences have been
transformed into the Modern Culture History Alley. See what it looked like 100 years ago.
Classic Tour 2
Where the past faces the future
he ocean breeze is the first to greet me as it tosses my hair
around. The stately entrance framed by the words "Guryongpo
Modern Culture History Alley" also welcomes me. Up until several
years ago, a maze of houses used to be scattered around the entrance,
but now a newly paved road leads up to Guryongpo Park. A slightly
steep 67-step staircase makes up part of the road and 120 stone pillars
stand on both sides - 61 on the left, 59 on the right. The names of
those who sponsored memorial tablets for patriot martyrs in 1960 are
engraved on each pillar. It is said that the names of the Japanese who
The Modern Culture History Alley was once
built Guryongpo Port were carved on those stones until liberation, when
the commercial center of Guryongpo, bustling
Korean locals covered them with cement and engraved them anew.
with restaurants, bakeries, seafood shops,
Though the pillars were turned around, not even cement can erase the
pubs, and a department store. Restoration
bitter traces of history.
of the fifty buildings that remain standing
today began in 2010 to create the Modern
Trekking up the steep stairs to the park is hard work, but the view
Culture History Alley, which also served as
overlooking Guryongpo Port is worth it. The beads of sweat on my face
the filming set of the popular TV drama series
dry in the wind while I fully take in the view before going back down to
"Eyes of Daybreak." A small plaza in the alley
explore the alley.
showcases past and present pictures along
with a map of the former Guryongpo layout.
Footprints of the alley
Most of the buildings are inhabited and not
The first Japanese settlers of Guryongpo can be traced back to
open to the public, but two allow visitors to
approximately 100 years ago. In 1906, eighty fishing boats found their
taste the quaint beauty of modern Japan.
way here in search of mackerel. As their fishing business boomed,
"Hohomyeonok" is a restaurant refashioned
Japanese flocked to the village. By the time of Japanese colonization of
from Guryongpo's finest lodging facility at the
Korea in 1932, Guryongpo was home to 287 Japanese households with
time, "Daedong Inn." Japanese-style tea house
1,161 people. Shipbuilding and canned food processing brought great
"Hurusatoya" uses the building as it was 80
wealth to the Japanese settlers, who built Japanese-style homes there.
years ago, a restaurant named "Ilsimjeom."
Shipbuilding and canned food processing brought great wealth to the
Japanese settlers, who built Japanese-style homes there.
traces of the past are
preserved as they are
while life continues in
History and modernity
go well together here;
the memories will be
treasured for years
Peering at Japanese lifestyle
After looking around, I find myself at the end of the alley at the Modern History Museum. The
Japanese-style house originally belonged to Hashimoto Zenkichi, who migrated here in the 1920s. It
is said that he shipped the building materials himself from Japan to build the house.
Koreans moved in to the house once the Hashimoto family returned to Japan, residing there until
the City of Pohang purchased it in 2010 and began the remodelling. Both the interior and exterior
have been restored to its 1920s state and are preserved in good condition. The legend of Guryongpo,
images of the Japanese settlement and lifestyle, past and present photos of Guryongpo, and
pictures of the Japanese leaving after the war are on display throughout the first and second floor.
You can see what daily life in the house was like when you go upstairs to the master bedroom and
girls' room, where life-size mannequins are displayed with actual furniture such as a heating stove,
kotatsu, Buddhist shrine, and closet. Interactive TV monitors explain what "Guryongpo" means, tell
stories and show interviews with former Japanese migrants in Korean, English and Japanese. The
kiosk in the upstairs study introduces traditional Japanese houses, Japanese household supplies
and the features of the Hashimoto house.
In Guryongpo, traces of the past are preserved as they are while life continues in the present.
History and modernity go well together here; the memories will be treasured for years to come.
Source Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
World-Class Convergence-Research University
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of
Science and Technology A
Korean society has been abuzz with a new keyword: consilience. This refers
to the integration of knowledge - the breaking of barriers between academic
disciplines. The leaders of this day and age will be those with imagination and the
technological skills to support it. At the spearhead of this zeitgeist stands Daegu
Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), which has been recruiting
promising talents to its undergraduate program with unprecedented admission
process. DGIST is trying to foster these students as genuine leaders of science and
technology convergence. Let’s pay a visit to the DGIST.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science
and Technology (DGIST)
Address 333, Techno Jungang-daero,
Hyeongpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
Institute of Science & Technology
research. DGIST is currently composed of 600 people including 203
Ph.D and Master's students, Next year the inaugural undergraduate
class of 200 students will begin their studies. Meanwhile qualitative
results have recorded three to six-fold growth in research
(dissertations, patents, and technology transfers).
DGIST introduced three major innovative programs to
foster global talents of knowledge creation: Korea's first nonDaegu Gyeongbuk
Institute of Science & Technology
departmental unitary undergraduate program, professor-student
mentorship system for undergraduate education, and electronic
teaching materials for convergence education. First, the plan
behind the non-departmental unitary undergraduate program is
to encourage goal-oriented active learning that transcends the
orthodox course of study. Students will take courses in humanities,
creative leadership and entrepreneurship in addition to the basic
sciences and engineering. This wholistic brain development will
equip them as leaders of the 21st century. Second, DGIST adds a
substantive element to undergraduate education through Korea's
first "professor-student mentorship system for undergraduate
education" in which professors are assigned to students to provide
guidance along with research and education, and mentor them with
career path and life in general. Third, DGIST faculty has developed
DGIST serves as the stepping
stone for convergence minds
to be nurtured
Korea's first e-books for convergence education, a two-year project
that facilitates exchange across disciplines.
Noticing these moves, prospective students from across the
GIST was established with the objective of
nation applied for entrance to DGIST in mass number during
contributing to balanced regional development
the first application period. The 9.07 to 1 acceptance rate was a
and national development of science and
big surprise to all, given its status as a newly established local
technology. This will be achieved by fostering
qualified individuals who will lead the innovation
of cutting-edge science and technology. Also,
by providing knowledge-based industries and
advanced science with new technologies, it
will help boost technological development and
enhance competitiveness of the region. As the only
institution in Korea equipped with both a University
(with undergraduate and graduate programs)
and Research Institute, DGIST aims to realize
its vision of becoming a world-class researchoriented university of convergence and serve as
a national model of university-research institute
cooperation. The University performs basic and
original technology research, while the Research
Institute carries out applied and commercialization
Mutual development through
harmony with the region
DGIST is engaged in efforts to enhance the
of technology commercialization and looks to be a concrete
competitiveness of the strategic industries in Daegu and
model of creative economy and boosting the local economy.
Gyeongbuk. On "Open Innovation Day," local CEOs involved
Three such firms have been founded and registered as lab
in automobile parts, IT, robotics, textile, energy and other
firms in the INNOPOLIS Daegu .
related industries are invited for technological exchanges
and transfers. DGIST Robotics Systems Research Division
has developed technologies that will accelerate the
development of autonomous vehicles - namely, obstacle
detection and blind spot sensing radar technologies to
prevent automobile collisions. These radars alert drivers
to obstacles in their blind spots and the technologies have
already been transferred to local car parts businesses.
The Robotics Systems Research Division also developed
a real time operating system for vehicles named OSCAROSEK in 2010 as a vehicle-use software standard platform
As part of DGIST’s efforts to grow as a world-renowned
research-oriented university, it has been organizing the
Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) since last year, in which
Nobel laureates are invited to speak to students and faculty
from DGIST as well as students from science academies and
high schools. Lecturers during the year 2013 included Nobel
Laureate in Chemistry Roger Kornberg, Nobel Laureate in
Physics Klaus von Klitzing, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Harry Kroto. These lectures have greatly influenced and
inspired the future scientists in attendance.
that has been certified by international standards. It is
DGIST also strives to cultivate character by holding
being used in the development of engine control units
leadership courses led by opinion leaders in science
(ECU) and vehicle data displays. Moreover, vehicle software
and technology. It also arranges musical and theatrical
technologies developed on this platform have not only
performances for both students and locals at least six times
been transferred to local car companies, but also provided
a year, along with Biseul cultural events with commentary.
as an investment to set up a research firm that develops
As such, DGIST sparks creativity and the senses through its
control devices for lightweight electric vehicles. Providing
educational curriculum, industry-academic cooperation,
technologies as a type of investment to set up a company
guest lectures and cultural events. With its first round of
goes one step further than simple technological transfers
undergraduate admissions around the corner, DGIST is
done by universities or government-funded research
eager and determined to cement its status as one of Korea's
institutes until now. It is an attempt to change the paradigm
Best Partner 1
Source KNT Co., Ltd.
Firm in Daegu
Company’s Future Lies
in Top Minds
KNT Co., Ltd.
Two years have passed since Japanese machine tool maker Nakamura-Tome Precision Industry
Co., Ltd. first broke ground at Daegu Technopolis District to open its Korean branch Korea
Nakamura-Tome (KNT Co., Ltd). Today, the factory is in full production and aiming to export its
products to countries in North America and Europe, including Germany. Focusing on hiring and
training from the local labor pool, KNT is contributing to the community and living up to its title
as Daegu Technopolis' first foreign firm.
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KNT Co., Ltd.
Daegu Technopolis is
the perfect fit for KNT
Destined encounter with Daegu
KNT's entry into Daegu Technopolis was much like
fate. KNT had been scouting sites with a desired time
frame that lined up perfectly with the development
schedule of Daegu Technopolis. However, issues like
employee living conditions, legal uncertainties, and
cultural differences faced when entering a foreign country
caused the officials Nakaumra-Tome to take a slow and
Fortunately, DGFEZ Authority was able to alleviate any
concerns that Japanese company had. The DGFEZ, who
KNT Managing Director Hamano Yukio
already was in contact with KNT, extended a full range
of support by arranging employee housing, introducing
local suppliers and providing helpful information to
explain the legal and cultural differences between the two
Eyes on KNT, the pronoun of multi-tasking
KNT also received a package of tax benefits on
corporate tax, acquisition tax, property tax and imported
ith its headquarters in Hakusan City in the
capital goods that would have otherwise been a
Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan, Nakamura-
substantial load on its entry into Korea. All the above and
Tome Precision Industry's Korean factory, KNT, is the
a subsidy from the City of Daegu was what sealed the deal
first foreign firm in the Daegu Technopolis District.
for the Japanese firm to embark on its journey of opening
Nakamura-Tome Precision Industry has been a
a factory overseas. Thanks to the DGFEZ Authority's
producer of multi-tasking machine tools and glass
timely guidance and proactive support when the foreign
processing machines for liquid crystal displays (LCD)
company needed it most, KNT was even able to begin
since its establishment in 1960. Seventy percent of its
operations ahead of schedule. KNT, built on a $19.7
products are exported to North America and Europe.
million investment, takes up 5,230㎡ on a 20,000㎡ plot.
With sales offices in 33 countries, the promising global
After completion of the facility in October 2012, the factory
corporation boasts of a well-founded reputation in
began full-fledged operations in April 2013, and shipment
Europe, North America and Asia for making the best
of its 6th product was scheduled for October. Currently,
it's all hands on deck to fill delayed orders.
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KNT Managing Director Hamano Yukio said the
following about KNT's connection with Daegu.
Nakamura-Tome Precision Industry not only
emphasizes excellence in work, but it also boosts
employee morale by generously supporting their
"The Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, where
welfare and recreational activities.
Nakamura-Tome's head office is located, was
previously renowned for its textile industry, similar to
Not only does it make sure employees can
Daegu. It is home to the hidden champions in the textile
continuously enjoy activities like Japanese traditional
and machinery sector. Operating in a cluster of similar-
dance and magic, but it also holds two annual golf
sized companies that can cooperate with KNT is a huge
tournaments in the company's own mini golf range.
advantage for us. Daegu has a familiar feel in terms
Additionally, KNT hosts an annual Nakamura Festival
of living and the surrounding environment. Daegu
for employees to showcase their talents in front of the
Technopolis is the perfect fit for KNT.“
whole company and family. KNT is trying to carry over
the same atmosphere into the Korean factory while
Korean talents are the treasures of KNT
highlighting the importance of social contributions.
KNT employees work energetically in a family-like
Self-organized volunteers give back to the community
environment where all but five of the total workforce are
by visiting welfare facilities like nursing homes and
Korean. Being able to find diligent and talented people
giving performances centered on recreation. As such,
to work with in the Daegu Gyeongbuk region, satisfied
expectations for KNT's active role in Daegu Technopolis
KNT the most after its move to Korea. Technical
are getting higher.
instruction and training was given to the workers in
Korea and Japan for the past year. Marking one year
Empowered by DGFEZ Authority's proactive support
since opening, expectations run high for employees to
and cooperation as well as its win-win coexistence
wield their full capacities as technicians.
with the City of Daegu, KNT‘s growth knows no limits.
DGFEZA is proud that KNT, a world-class company
Regarding KNT's goals for 2014, General Manager
Hamano Yukio said, "Our greatest achievement has
representing Daegu and Japan, is setting the bar high
as DGFEZ's first foreign entry firm.
been shipping our 6th products in October after
beginning operations this past April. Our goal for 2014
is a double-digit monthly product shipping, and we
anticipate our Korean talents, who we have nurtured
KNT Co., Ltd.
for the past year, will work to the best of their abilities
to allow it to happen."
Address 340-4, Geum-ri, Yuga-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
First Korean Firm
Best Partner 2
Source Hanjung Co., Ltd.
Auto Parts Manufacturer
Hanjung Co., Ltd.
Hanjung Co., Ltd. a medium-sized enterprise is first to Korean auto parts manufacturer to move
into the Yeongcheon Industry District(Yeongcheon FEZ). Hanjung's factory was the first on the
ground not long after the district's lots opened up to buyers, paving the way for many domestic and
foreign firms and forming a special relationship with the DGFEZ. Hanjung has already received
several distinctions since becoming a part of the DGFEZ including Korea Credit Guarantee Fund's
"Star Corporation", Ministry of Knowledge Economy's "Best Place to Work", and Small & Medium
Business Corporation's "Top Future Business", not to mention making the leap from small business
to medium sized business.
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No Future Without Change
anjung originated 18 years ago as a small rental warehouse in
Daegu. No sooner had the Yeongcheon factory constructed, that
the Asian financial crisis broke out, hitting the fledgling company like a
tsunami. Against the hardship, Hanjung stuck to the motto "No Future
Without Change" and devoted their energies to R&D. Today, Hanjung is
going global, exporting automobile parts (e.g. occupancy detection device,
exhaust system, chassis, lamp parts) to leading companies in the United
States, Mexico, China, Germany, Slovakia, India, Thailand and Japan.
Moreover, it is continuously expanding new business opportunities based
on its core sectors and currently testing out new stand-alone products
Hanjung CEO Kim Hwan-Sik
developed in their own research labs for commercialization.
Hanjung's brake override system for preventing sudden acceleration
along with its portable charging and power generating devices have
Best Partner #2
already shown tangible results. Selected as a "linkage support enterprise"
Hanjung Co., Ltd.
for commercializing SME convergence technologies, it secured new
technologies in the fuel cell sector (MCFC, SOFC) and has created
new added values. The Hanjung family of 350 (employees), whose
determination is bearing fruit, can be found inside the Yeongcheon
Industry District at their 35,677㎡ Plant No. 1 and 22,713㎡ Plant No. 2.
Since 2000, Hanjung has also developed
a unique company culture by devising a new
campaign initiative a year for its workers.
This tradition was started as a means to unite
as a family and resolve conflicts between
Business Culture – Competitiveness lies in caring for its employees
Hanjung's welfare and education system is as robust as can be. Female
employees can make use of the company's flexible daycare facility in
downtown Yeongcheon, while those with high school diplomas or twoyear college degrees can quench their thirst for learning through a
college program that the company developed in partnership with Kyungil
University, the first of its kind in the Daegu Gyeongbuk area. The company
provides full scholarships to all enrolled students and the top 10% receive
assistance to attend graduate school. Hanjung's priority on creating a
high-quality working atmosphere perhaps explains why more than 80% of
its employees are actual Yeongcheon residents.
individuals and departments bound to occur
as a business grows. The campaigns are
diverse and inviting: "Company-Wide Blood
Drive", "Ask If You Don't Know", "Compliment
Relay", "Dream, Hope, Happiness Sharing",
"One Month, One Book" and "7 Ways to Satisfy
Customers" to name a few. The blood drive
that started in 2001 continues today and
boasts full participation. Blood donor cards are
collected by the company and are available to
any employee who needs it. These have even
helped an employee with a child suffering
The gem of Hanjung's campaigns is "Sharing of Dream, Hope, and
Happiness." As the name suggests, everyone chips in to help out an
employee facing hardship. This caring business culture can partly be
explained by Hanjung CEO Kim Hwan-Sik's unique background as a
published poet with six collections to his name. Perhaps this love for the
humanities is what creates unseen engines by which Hanjung grows both
qualitatively and quantitatively without forgetting its humble start and
Yeongcheon, Springboard for Development
Becoming a world-class enterprise is
not Hanjung's ultimate goal. Instead, CEO
Kim Hwan-Sik aims at shaping a company
Located at the center of manufacturing-oriented cities in the
whose members lead happy lives by
Yeongnam region such as Daegu, Ulsan, Pohang and Gumi, Yeongcheon is
discovering and realizing their forgotten
a transportation hub thanks to its expressway and rail access. Convenient
dreams. He believes that a family, when
logistics infrastructure and supply of top-notch human resources from
united, is able to overcome any difficult
across Daegu give Yeongcheon exceptional geographical advantages.
Planning the district was no easy process, because there were no active
or clustered industrial complexes with the exception of a few small
At Hanjung, everyone is passionate
agricultural complexes. As the DGFEZ's industry districts took shape,
about carrying out its core management
however, the environment for industrial positioning improved drastically.
values of dream, hope, and happiness. The
Location was optimal for logistics, land was relatively affordable, and the
future of Hanjung is exciting all the more.
expansion of newly paved access roads facilitated the commute. These
advantages compelled Hanjung to locate on its second site in Yeongcheon.
All lots in the 1,668,614m² Yeongcheon Industry District were bought last
year, even before the district was fully developed.
When asked about his expectations of the DGFEZ, CEO Kim HwanSik replied, "It would be nice to see community facilities for education
and welfare inside the exclusive economic zone to make self-sufficiency
possible. Also, I hope the DGFEZ serves to solidify the environment in
which foreign and domestic can thrive under equal conditions."
Hanjung Co., Ltd.
Address Yeongcheon Industry District 9B1L,
Chaeshin-dong, Yeongcheon-si, Gyeongbuk
Even for Korea’s largest business group, Samsung, the road
was not always smooth. Samsung actually started out as a
small shop in a small wooden building that exported fruits,
vegetables and dried seafood and made noodles. The business
was established by the late Byeong-Chul Lee in Ingyo-dong,
Jung-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City and called Samsung Co.
Let's go back to 1938, when the young founding chairman was
building the foundation of what is now Samsung Group.
Samsung's first home in
The young Byeong-Chul Lee enters Ingyo-dong. The dirt road is frozen solid. With
every step, he feels the bumps on the road. Mr. Lee raises his coat collar ever so snugly.
The February breeze stings sharply, as if it is jealous of spring’s pending arrival.
He stands in front of a wooden building. His heart pounds. He had waited for this
moment for so long. With a deep breath, he takes off his gloves and places his hand on
the door. The coldness of the door travels through his body, like a silent message that
this was the very place he would take root.
Once inside the building, Mr. Lee looks around the interior. The icy breeze blows inside
as well, but he does not budge. He envisions the new Samsung in his mind; Instantly,
the empty space transforms into an office bustling with people. The phones are ringing,
typewriters are clicking away, and pages are being turned. You can hear the voices of
office-workers taking orders and buyers from afar. It all sounds very clear.
r. Lee hurried to bring in a desk and set up the office.
decided on noodles. He set up a flour mill and a noodle-
Although his father left him a plot of land that could
making machine on the first floor and began to make
produce about 300 sacks of rice, he didn't have much capital
noodles for local sale, branding it “Byeolpyo Guksoo” (“Star
left because he invested the inheritance in a rice mill and a
car company only to fail. All he had as capital was a mere
Noodles were a popular dish to the people of Joseon at a
30,000 Korean won. He had to get back on his feet, no matter
time when there wasn’t much to eat. It was inexpensive and
what it took.
plentiful. One pot of noodles was perfect for filling the family
He did not even buy a house for his family. Instead, he
members' hungry stomachs. Once the machines began to
created a small space inside the wooden building and lived
operate, Chairman Lee's choice proved to be a good one.
there with his wife and children. His young children surely
Samsung’s “Star Noodles” grew in popularity by the day,
must not have been thrilled about their living arrangements,
and customers bustled about in front of the store. People
but his wife, Mrs. Doo-Eul Park did not complain once.
dragged their bike carts and ox carts from the early morning
Spring came and everything seemed to come to life
to buy Samsung’s noodles.
again. On March 1st, Chairman Byeong-Chul Lee opened
Later, Chairman Lee acquired the Japanese-owned
Samsung Corporation. As full-fledged operations began,
Joseon Breweries and his company flourished even more.
Chairman Lee exported specialty products from Daegu and
That's exactly what happened when Samsung started its
Gyeongbuk to nearby countries. In 1938, Joseon was a poor
businesses at the very early days, right here, in Daegu.
and hopeless state under Japanese colonization, so it was
In fact Samsung has gradually made its way into the
virtually impossible to sell products to his fellow countrymen.
world by exporting crab apples grown in Daegu and dried
That is why he turned his sights overseas. He thought that
seafood from Gyeongbuk’s waters and became one of
selling good-quality Korean agricultural products and dried
the global leading companies. It seems like that both the
seafood to Manchuria and China would bring capital into
geographical characteristics and the forward-thinking
insight by the leader were the driving force that shaped such
Before starting Samsung, Chairman Lee had travelled
a massive corporation.
to Manchuria and different parts of China to study what
was needed there and to see if exporting would be possible,
which proved to be a huge help in running the business.
He also thought long and hard about merchandise that
Samsung's First Office
his business could produce. Limited capital eliminated the
option of products requiring large start-up funds, so he
Location Dalseong-ro (in front of Cretec Daegu Headquarters),
Ingyo-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
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Source KNUH Daegu Gyeongbuk Regional Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease Center
Heart & Brain
The incidence of cardiovascular and
cerebrovascular diseases is rising each year.
These diseases must be treated immediately
after onset - it is a battle against time.
KNUH Daegu Gyeongbuk
We went to learn more about the CardioCerebrovascular Disease Center at Kyungpook
National University Hospital (KNUH) that saves
lives through its fully prepared system.
KNUH Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease Center
Address 50, 2-ga, Samdeok-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
Specialists on duty 24/7 at Regional
ccording to the data from Statistics Korea in 2011, the leading
cause of death among Koreans was cancer, followed by
cerebrovascular disease and heart disease, respectively. This
second cause of death for Koreans is all the more fear-inducing
because these diseases sneak up without regard for time or place,
and warning signs in smaller blood vessels can go undetected
in medical examinations. Cardio-cerebrovascular diseases refer
to the array of heart diseases including coronary heart diseases
(myocardial infarction, angina) and cardiac failure, brain dysfunctions
such as stroke (cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral infarction), as well
as pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia,
and arteriosclerosis. As part of a comprehensive set of measures to
Cardiovascular & Cerebrovascular
Prevention Management Center
deal with these diseases, the Ministry of Health & Welfare set out to
designate regional cardio-cerebrovascular centers throughout the
country. The Cardio-Cerebrovascular Center at KNUH was opened
in December 2009 after the hospital received the designation for the
Daegu Gyeongbuk region.
The center not only treats acute diseases, but is involved in
everything related to heart attacks and strokes from disease
prevention campaigns and awareness to emergency response
• pecialists on duty 24 hours/day, 365 days/
• rofessional treatment through exclusive
• P(Critical Pathway) development and
management to improve treatment quality
•Heart and brain rehabilitation programs
• ducation Projects
Education and follow-up management services for
Health campaigns, educating local residents
guidelines, rehabilitation, follow-up and statistical surveys.
Specialists are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and there
is a separate intensive care unit for the center's patients. The
Medical personnel, always on duty at the KNUH
center functions as a social safety net, as it is linked to all the local
Cardio-Cerebrovascular Center, are devising ways
hospitals in the region, National Emergency Management Agency
to finish procedures within an hour of patient
and other relevant institutions in the area.
arrival at the emergency room through its wellcoordinated system. They prepare for emergency
Cutting-edge equipment and the best medical staff form a dream
The center is contacted while an emergency patient is en route
to the hospital. By the time the patient arrives at the center, medical
staff are well ready to receive the patient and perform the necessary
tests, diagnosis, treatment and surgery in a one-stop system. Since
blockages in the heart or brain vessels need to be cleared as soon
as possible to save the patient, specialists all agree in unison that
it is absolutely critical to shorten the time it takes for a patient to
be seen and appropriately treated by the doctor upon arrival at
the hospital. The standing record for emergency room arrival to
heart surgery was broken from 59 minutes to 53 minutes in 2003.
Considering how one minute can draw the line between life and
death for cardio-cerebrovascular diseases, reducing the waiting
time by these six minutes has saved many lives.
situations as they share thoughts on how to get
surgery ready in the most urgent situations.
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Cerebrovascular Center Director
Jae-Chan Park, M.D.,
o sooner does the phone ring the second
time around than Dr. Jae-Chan Park opens
his eyes, takes the call and skillfully changes his
clothes from the closet. Dr. Park can sense the
urgency of the voice on the other end. It was a call
The ‘good doctor’
by our side
from the doctor on night duty at the emergency
medical department, I think surgery is needed
right away. From the voice, Dr. Park can tell the
patient's condition, as two doctors have worked
Destiny brought Dr. Jae-Chan Park to the field of
neurosurgery. Seeing the brain was like love at first
together for more than ten years.
Please come as quickly as possible to the
sight. How could there be such an amazing organ
hospital. Even before the sentence is finished,
in our bodies? It mesmerized him. The brain was
Dr. Park's shoes are on and car keys in hand.
scarlet and shiny like cobblestones in a flowing
Without needing an explanation, his wife follows
stream, which was slightly different from the
him to the door and pats his shoulder. He takes
picture he'd seen.
the elevator to the basement parking garage and
looks at his watch. It's 3 a.m.
He pulls in to the Cardio-Cerebrovascular Disease Center
in less than five minutes. He chose to live near the hospital
in case of urgent surgeries like this. Having wiped his face
with a moist towelette while driving, he rushes into the
emergency center. The doctor who had called looks relieved.
Dr. Park examines the patient's CT scan. Cerebral
Though it is physically exhausting when he is
aneurysm. Part of the blood vessel has swollen up like a ball
called in unexpectedly, he still finds enjoyment and
that could burst at any time - a very dangerous situation.
happiness in being able to do what he has yearned
The patient is a man in his forties with a good build. Since
to do and help patients who need him.
the blocked vessel is keeping oxygen and nutrients from
entering the brain, surgery is urgent. However, Dr. Park
decides to have a discussion with the patient's guardian first.
Destiny brought Dr. Jae-Chan Park to the field of
Operating on cerebral aneurysms entails high risks that
neurosurgery. Seeing the brain was like love at first
may cause death or paralysis during surgery, which implies
sight. How could there be such an amazing organ in our
that surgery is not always the best option after detecting
bodies? It mesmerized him. The brain was scarlet and
the problem. That is why the doctor's speedy judgement is
shiny like cobblestones in a flowing stream, which was
an important factor in this life or death situation involving
slightly different from the picture he'd seen. He dreamt
cerebrovascular disease. After examining the patient, Dr.
of becoming a neurosurgeon since then, and applied
Park decides to perform a relatively simple surgery above
to a dozen hospitals in the United States as his military
duty drew to a close. At last, he became the only one of
his peers to return to Korea to practice, among others
Dr. Park rushes to the guardian, who looks to be the
who had gained hands-on experience in America. To this
patient's wife. Her eyes are swollen from crying so much,
day, he has not once regretted choosing neurosurgery.
and she is barefoot. After explaining what a cerebral
Though it is physically exhausting when he is called in
aneurysm is, he adds, I will cut a small hole above the
unexpectedly, he still finds enjoyment and happiness
eyebrow, so the scar will be minimal, but we have to see
in being able to do what he has yearned to do and help
how he holds up after surgery. What's important now is to
patients who need him.
reduce the risk factors through surgery first. Scared, all
she can do is nod. Please take good care of him. Putting
After the operation, Dr. Park's eyes meet the pleading
her small voice behind him, Dr. Park heads towards the
eyes of the guardian. You must have worried a lot he
says, as if he can read her mind. The operation went
well, but this is just the beginning. How he does from now
The anesthesiologist has already finished preparing the
patient for surgery. Dr. Park begins by making an incision
on is what matters. We'll keep a close eye on him. We put
out the small fires for now.
above the brow. This way, he can insert a clip on the swollen
part of the vessel near the eyelid. A small incision allows
She bows her head in appreciation over and over, even
for a quick recovery with minimal scarring, but demands
after Dr. Park walks away. He finally relaxes and looks out
more concentration for the surgeon. Dr. Park forgets about
the window. The light of daybreak has started to spread
everything else and immerses himself into the operation.
across the sky once darkened by night.
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Team of three from Catholic University of
Daegu Language Education Center
Jackson, Jane and Tianxi pick
Daegu’s top flavors
South America, Ecuador
Jackson is a 22-year-old South American
student from Ecuador who has a sociable
personality and playful facial expressions. He first
found Korean food to be too spicy, but six months
later, he is a self-proclaimed Korean food maniac.
When asked which Korean food he would
The Food in Daegu!
It will capture
your taste buds
recommend, he said samgyeopsal, hands
down. Making a lettuce wrap with a slice of the
grilled pork belly, other vegetables and sauce,
and stuffing it in your mouth is what makes the
experience so fun. Jackson plans to stay in Korea
for about two more years to study business. He
looks forward to trying Daegu's famous ddaro
gukbap, a warmer alternative to naengmyeon,
cold buckwheat noodles typically eaten with
samgyeopsal during the summer months. Good
oreign tourists are flocking to Daegu and Gyeongbuk,
famous for gukbap, makchang, and jjimgalbi restaurants.
From napjak mandu, a famed Daegu specialty, to ddaro
gukbap, a thumbs-up cure for hangovers, Daegu has plenty of
dishes that are sure to captivate the taste buds of foreigners.
We set out in search of the best taste in Daegu with three
international students from the Catholic University of Daegu
Language Education Center located in Hayang, Gyeongsan City.
luck! It is a bit spicy.
The shy-looking 19-year-old Korean drama
Jane is a 23 year old Kenyan. After seven months in Korea,
fan enjoyed Korean food fairly often in China.
she confesses that she enjoys living here more than Kenya.
During the year she has lived in Gyeongsan,
In fluent Korean, she introduced herself as a happy, sociable
Tianxi has travelled to many places and tried
and positive person with a constant smile on her face. You can
many dishes. The memories she is making
do it if you set your mind to it, she says. Open to all kinds of
in Korea are piling up like snow during a
foods, she has already fallen for the flavors of Daegu. On the
snowstorm. She particularly remembers the
list of her top picks are bibimbap, ddaro gukbap, and kimchi.
Andong alcohol (soju) and Andong jjimdak
Preferring spicy red pepper paste over soy sauce to mix with
(braised chicken) she had on a trip to Hahoe
rice, Jane frequents the multi-course Korean restaurants
Village in Andong one October day, not to
in Daegu Dalseong Complex and recommends them to
mention the picturesque scenery. It was a
foreigners. She is also eager to try Mt. Biseul Balu Bibimbap, a
memorable moment for her to taste the deep
dish that the Buddhist temples in Dalseong are famous for. The
flavors of Korea.
colder weather makes her think of all the hot Korean stews.
She puts her thumbs up and says, Korean food is the best!
Jane promised to take her friends to try gopchang, grilled
small intestines of a cow. Her research led her to Daegu
Anjirang Gopchang Street, where gopchang sizzles above fired
briquettes. There, you can enjoy the original taste of the chewy
grilled intestines, not to mention heavy portions and low prices.
More than fifty restaurants line the street; each shop seasons
the gopchang differently and serves their own brand of dipping
One more thing! Tianxi and a close friend
were in downtown Daegu (Dongseong-ro)
sauces. We wonder how Jane will react when she takes her
when they were intrigued by flat dumplings
that looked like spacecrafts.
Called napjak mandu, these dumplings
are made with healthy vegetables and
covered in tasty sauces. She says it is a musttry for foreigners.
Ddaro gukbap was born when the infrastructure of taverns and jangteo gukbap (sold
The filling for napjak mandu is made with relatively simple
in marketplaces) collided with yukgaejang. The name translates to rice and stew
ingredients like glass noodles, chives, salt and pepper. The
that are served separately. This native Daegu dish is made by simmering beef bones
sauces vary according to preference. Sold in neighborhood
into a broth for at least seven hours, and then adding green onions, radish, and
snack shops throughout Daegu, it is a must-have dish that
coagulated cow blood before boiling once more. It is a combination of haejangguk,
many like to mix with ddeokbokki and odaeng (fish cakes).
yukgaejang, and gomtang.