Updated at 2024-02-23
The Samsung Lions are one of the six founding teams of the KBO League. The team was established in 1982 as the Korean professional baseball craze was taking off. Its ballpark is Daegu Samsung Lions Park. It is an American-style ballpark with an approximately octagonal shape, which is based on Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. It was designed to maximize the field of vision of fans, and there are also berm seats for spectators to watch the game while picnicking. For many baseball fans, it’s the ideal stadium. The Samsung Lions have played in Taiwan numerous times over the years in international competitions, and have also taken part in exchanges with Chinese Professional Baseball League teams to learn from each other. The flair of Korean cheerleaders to rally crowds has also captivated Taiwanese fans.
Area: 883.51 square kilometers
Population: Approx.2,552,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Daegu Metropolitan City's main industries are medical treatment, automobile, aquaculture, energy, robotics, and ICT integration (smart city). It is located in the southeast of South Korea and is an industrial city. It was historically the southern commercial center of the Korean peninsula (Seoul was the central center and Pyongyang was the northern center) due to its strategic geographical location. Daegu is known for producing quality apples and muskmelons, so its nickname is “Apple City.” Other nicknames include “Textile City” and “Fashion City.” The city emblem is composed of triangles and ovals, which symbolize the surrounding topographical features of Palgongsan and Nakdong River. The mascot is “Fashiony,” which resembles a traditional Korean flying apsara and reflects the city's aim of becoming an international textile and fashion center in the 21st century. Daegu also uses a range of colors as symbols for its sunshine, beauty, abundance, and vitality, and to express its efforts to become a vibrant, diverse, and livable city. The city has become an international city after hosting many large-scale international events, including 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan matches, the 2003 Summer Universiade, the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, the 2013 World Energy Congress, the 2015 World Water Forum, and the 2017 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships.