Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone

Transforming from manufacturing industrial complex to high-tech convergence medical industrial complex


Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone

Transforming from manufacturing industrial complex to high-tech convergence medical industrial complex

The DGFEZ is armed with Korea’s knowledge-based industry and ideal service infrastructure. It offers development land, R&D facilities, commerce and residential areas with a focus on IT convergence, transport components and medical businesses. It is located in the heart of Korea's largest automotive cluster and a center of IT/SW, healthcare and steel industries. The area also boasts high-quality human resources.

  • Designation Date2008.5.6
  • Development period2008 to 2022



Home to Korea’s leading industrial clusters
  • The DGFEZ is at the heart of “Auto Valley,” connecting automotive electronic parts firms in Gumi, mechatronics in Daegu, complete automobiles in Yeongcheon, Gyeongju and Ulsan, shipbuilding in Busan and machinery and metals in Changwon.
  • Around Pohang, it houses a steel industry cluster where POSCO, Hyundai Steel and Dongkuk Steel are located.
  • It will have a 4.6 trillion-won state-supported medical cluster : New Drug Development Center, Medical Device Development Center, Laboratory Animal Center, Clinical Drug Manufacturing Center, Communication Center.
  • It also has an IT and software industry cluster with bases for Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Dassault Systems.
R&D centers supporting new growth industries
  • The zone has 135 R&D institutions including the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology and Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials.
  • It has two R&D special districts - Daegu Technopolis and Sinseo Medivalley, DGIST and POSTECH.
Rich human resources
  • There are 52 universities and colleges within the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region and 70,000 annual graduates including 17,000 in natural science and engineering, enter the job market every year.
  • It has 135 R&D institutions with 4,800 researchers.

Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone Major projects

  • Daegu Technopolis District

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    • LocationHyeonpung and Yuga-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
    • Project cost17,233 billion
    • Business period2006 ~ 2021
    • Planned population50,025
    • Establish the inland cutting-edge science belt (special zone for R&D) that connects Daejeon-Gwangju-Daegu by the accumulation of research organizations
    • Create a future cutting-edge complex city that combined residence, education, culture, and leisure functions
  • International Fashion Design District

    Detail view


    • LocationBongmu-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
    • Project cost12,500 billion
    • Business period2003 ~ 2016
    • Planned population10,439
    • Plan a synergy effect for the related industries through the advancement, integration, and the creation of a network for the fashion apparel industry
    • Fully equipped with settlement environment, such as rich tourism, leisure, education, medical facilities
  • Sinseo Cutting-edge Medical Complex

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    • LocationSinseo-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu
    • Project cost4,038 billion
    • Business period2007 to 2015
    • Planned population2,596
    • Develop new drugs and medical devices and create the best condition for clinical tests by establishing facilities such as clinical test new drug production center, cutting-edge medical device development support center, new drug development support center, etc.
  • Yeonghceon Cutting-edge Material and Component Industry

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    • LocationThe whole area of ​​Guam-ri, Geumho-eup, Chaesin-dong, Bonchon-dong, Yeongcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Project cost2,062 billion
    • Business period2008 ~ 2013
    • Create Korea’s largest material and component industry cluster
    • Commercialize a cutting-edge technology based on various R&D, such as machine metal, automobile, etc.
  • Suseong Medical District

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    • LocationThe whole area of ​​Daeheung-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
    • Project cost6,179 billion
    • Business period2008 ~ 2019
    • Planned population4,648
    • Specialized hospitals, organizations related to medical facilities, health tourism facilities
    • Cutting-edge IT companies, etc.
  • Pohang Convergence Technology Industry District

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    • LocationDalian and Lee In-ri, Heunghae-eup, Buk-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Project cost3,789 billion
    • Business period2008 ~ 2022
    • Planned population10,249
    • Create an R&D specialized district for bio, parts, materials, green energy, etc.
    • Create 3·4th generation light source connecting facility, green new material developing support facility, and business facility
  • Gyeongbuk Gyeongsan Knowledge Industry District

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    • LocationSowol-ri, Wachon-myeon, Daehak-ri, Hayang-eup, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Project cost9,984 billion
    • Business period2012 ~ 2022
    • Planned population12,938
    • Constructing machine·parts-specialized complex, cutting-edge medical new material development business
    • The R&D stopping point for the southeast of Korea and abundant high-quality R&D manpower
  • Yeongcheon High Tech Park District

    Detail view


    • LocationNokjeon-dong and Hwasan-myeon, Yeongcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Project cost2,453 billion
    • Business period2008 ~ 2022
    • Knowledge-based manufacturing industry specialized district (create a cutting-edge mechatronics industrial district and cutting-edge distribution center for intelligent automobile production)
    • The center of Korea’s largest automobile parts valley
    • Plan to create a future automobile theme park

Major resident companies

  • KNT

    [Japan]KNT Precision multitasking machines
  • Hyundai Cummins Engine Company

    [Korea/U.S.]Hyundai Cummins Engine Company Diesel engines for construction machines
  • Hycon Korea

    [Hong Kong]Hycon Korea Excavator parts
  • Ugint

    [Korea/Saudi Arabia/Cayman Islands]Ugint Machine tool
  • Assab Steel Korea

    [Singapore]Assab Steel Korea Steel for mold components
  • PNDT

    [Korea/Japan]PNDT Automobile parts, damper pulley
  • DSSK

    [Japan] DSSK Automobile parts
  • LFJ Korea

    [Korea/Taiwan]LFJ Korea Automobile mufflers, parts
  • Hwajin & DIC

    [Korea/Japan]Hwajin & DIC Wood grain and interior materials for automobiles
  • BPH Korea

    [Korea/U.S.]BPH Korea Packaging containers and materials for automobiles

Contact point

  • Tel053-550-1500
  • Investment consultation053-550-1554
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