Hosting City of the IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies 2023

Daegu is a city which is strongly committed to improving its approach to water management. Since a pollution incident in the early 1990s, the city of Daegu has taken bold steps to improve how it deals with its water resources. Thanks to technological advancements and citizen engagement, the city has been able to greatly improve water quality, and the Sincheon stream flowing through eastern Daegu has achieved excellent water quality results.

In 2019, the city government successfully completed construction of the Korea Water Cluster (KWC), Korea’s first landmark project dedicated to the water industry. This also included the establishment of the Korea Institute for Water Technology Certification (KIWATEC), a one-stop facility providing support for water companies on R&D, certification & verification, international trade, and more.

But Daegu isn’t just about water – it is a city with a rich cultural heritage and a lively atmosphere. Daegu is home to numerous museums, galleries, and cultural events, and its bustling markets and shopping districts are not to be missed. And with the city’s successful hosting of the 7th World Water Forum and its extensive experience in water-related events, it is the perfect place for the 18th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (IWA LET 2023).

Conference Venue

EXCO Daegu

EXCO Daegu



Visa Requirements

 Visa to Korea and COVID-19 restrictions

Links for the official website for visa application to enter South Korea:

– Delegates can check if they are either from a visa-required, or visa-waiver country by visiting the website:
– Delegates can visit this website to get information on how to apply for the visa:
– Delegates can visit this website to get information on South Korean ETA applications:
– Link to official website for (COVID) restrictions to enter South Korea:


Whether you are interested in exploring its rich cultural history, its delicious cuisine, its green surrounding areas, or its modern amenities, Daegu is sure to leave a lasting impression!

Key Sights and Information



ARC stands for Asia Culture Center, which is a multi-purpose cultural complex located in Daegu. It was established in 2015 to promote cultural exchange and understanding between different countries and regions in Asia. The Asia Culture Center houses various facilities, including exhibition halls, theatres, conference rooms, and educational spaces. It hosts a range of cultural events and activities, such as art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, and workshops. The centre also offers residency programmes for artists, scholars, and researchers.

Daegu National Museum

Daegu National Museum

The Daegu National Museum showcases the rich history and culture of the region through its extensive collection. The museum’s exhibits cover a wide range of topics, from ancient artefacts and traditional art to modern history and culture. It is located near the historic site of Gyeongsang-guk, the ancient capital of the Gyeong-sang province. The museum’s permanent collection includes over 28,000 artefacts, including ancient pottery, metalwork, sculptures, folk art, and contemporary art. The museum also features a variety of interactive displays.

Seomun Market


The Seomun Market is a must-see location, which is offering visitors a glimpse into traditional Korean market culture and an opportunity to sample local street food for the best price. It is one of Korea’s “Big 3” markets, with over 4,000 merchants and stalls, and has existed in some form for 400 years. If you crave a bowl of fishy kalguksu noodle soup or some nabjak mandu dumplings, the sellers here will make it for you in seconds.

Daegu E-World

Daegu E-World

Daegu E-World is a theme park located in Daegu, South Korea. It features a variety of attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, and a large Ferris wheel. The park also has a range of entertainment options such as a 3D movie theater, a laser show, and a parade. Daegu E-World is also home to several themed areas, including a European-style village, a safari zone, and a sports zone. The park is a popular destination for all visitors.



Donghwasa, a vast complex of Buddhist temples, is located about 45 minutes north of Daegu. The complex was begun around 493 AD on the slopes of Mount Palgongsan and is a prominent centre of Buddhist study on the Korean peninsula. The temple complex is known for its beautiful architecture, stunning natural surroundings, and cultural significance. Visitors can explore the temple grounds and take in the beautiful views of the mountains and forests. The temple is also a popular destination for hiking and outdoor activities, as it’s close to several hiking trails and scenic areas.

Green Spaces


Daegu City has established several green spaces, including parks, gardens, and forests, to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors. The most prominent green space in Daegu is the Apsan Park, which offers stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains. Apsan Park offers various hiking trails that range from easy to difficult. The trails wind through lush forests. The most popular trail is the Apsan Park Trail, which takes about 2-3 hours to complete and leads to the summit of Mount Apsan.

Eco-friendly Transportation


Daegu City has implemented several measures to promote eco-friendly transportation, including bike-sharing programmes, electric vehicle charging stations, and the expansion of public transport. The city has also introduced hydrogen-fuelled cell buses. In addition, Daegu City has made significant efforts towards sustainability in recent years, with a focus on reducing GHG emissions, promoting renewable energy, and creating a greener city environment.

Daegu Modern History Streets


Daegu Modern History Streets is a cultural district that showcases the city’s modern history and architecture. It is a designated cultural heritage site that consists of six streets in downtown Daegu. The district features a unique blend of traditional Korean architecture and Western-style buildings, which reflects Daegu’s history as a center of trade and commerce during the early 20th century. Visitors can explore the streets and see various historical buildings that have been preserved and restored to their original condition.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We partner with some of the water sector’s leading companies and organisations and work together for a better water future. Our sponsors and partners benefit from this unique opportunity to connect with thought leaders from within and outside the water sector and to network with over 400 delegates.

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