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Is Daegu Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Daegu?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Daegu.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for South Korea, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Water from the tap is safe to drink nowadays, but is it always that way? Recently in my hometown of Daegu, there was a contamination of very dangerous drugs and chemicals in the water supply. The reason for this is that the main transportation route into the city from the overseas regions has been through the old Korea Railroad tunnel. This means that the contaminated water has seeped into the urban areas below and thus many people living there are suffering from illnesses that are directly related to the water supply.

I personally like to travel where there is no pollution, and the only way to get pure water everywhere I go is by traveling through a tunnel. But I must say, that many places in Asia suffer from poor water quality. In China there are many reports about cancer cases caused by drinking polluted water. I am sure you have heard something like that before.

Another problem is the quality of tap water from the USA. It is known that many pharmac


Like the rest of Korea, Daegu is safe at any time of the day. Westerners, especially minorities or men with Korean women, may encounter hostility from drunken men, but this is increasingly rare. The tap water is safe, but newcomers with sensitive stomachs should be prudent with street food or with the spice levels. Be aware that some, but not all, ATM machines close before midnight if you need late-night drinking money.

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.7 in USD (1.5-liter)


Daegu tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29% Low
  • Water Pollution 50% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
  • Water Quality 50% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Daegu, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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