Ulsan is a city in southeastern South Korea. The city is located on the Sea of Japan, about 70 kilometers northeast of Busan. There are 962,931 people living in the city itself, and there are 1,105,823 in the entire city province, which also includes a district. Ulsan is a university town with Ulsan University and is politically independent of Gyeongsangnam-do Province, where it is located.
The city is the heart of the industrial zone of the same name, which also houses the international Hyundai Group. Until 1962 Ulsan was mainly a seaport and a marketplace for fishery products.According to a report by Reuters, Ulsan is the city in South Korea with the highest per capita income.
The urban area is divided into four districts (Gu) and a district (Gun). These are: Buk-gu , Dong-gu ,Jung-gu ,Nam-gu , Ulju-gun
Access : Coordinates: 35.55, 129.316667 / By Plane : There is no international flight with Ulsan, it is only possible to reach the city via domestic flights from two destinations – Seoul (Gimpo) and Jeju-do./
By car : From Seoul, Daejeon and Daegu, take the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan and exit at Eonyang junction./
By bus : From Seoul – It takes about 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic. The express bus runs from the Express Bus Terminal in Seocho-Gu in Seoul to Ulsan with departures about once every 30 minutes. There also is an intercity bus running from the Dong-Seoul bus terminal once every 30 to 40 minutes to the Intercity Bus Temerminal in Samsan Dong in Ulsan, as well as two departures a day from the same terminal to the Bangeojin terminal.
By boat :Port of Busan : International Passenger Terminal, Cruise Terminal and Coastal Ferry Terminal , conection with Fukuoka in Japan.
Attractions : Museums :
Jangsaengpo Whale Museum , 244, Jangsaengpo Goraero, Nam-gu, Ulsan, South Korea / Ulsan Petroglyph Museum , 254, Bangudaean-gil, Dudong-myeon | Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, Ulsan 44913, South Korea ,Open : 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM /
Ulsan Museum , 277 Duwang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44668, South Korea , Free entrance , new very big museum showing korean culture and technological marvel of south korea /
Jangsaengpo Special Whale Culture Zone , 210, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44780, South Korea / Ulsan Daegok Museum , 307 ,Cheonjeon-ri, Doodoong-myeon, Ulsan, South Korea , ruins and artifacts from the prehistoric era.
Nature & Parks in Ulsan :
Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove , Nam-gu, Ulsan , Bamboo park with riverside walking and / Ulsan Grand Park , 94 Daegongwon-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44660, with 3 walking courses , two ponds , play area for kids , bike rentals
Daewangam Park , Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, bridges and walk ways / Taehwa River Grand Park , Along the river, Bamboo Grove , bike rentals ,music events /
Paraeso Falls , Icheon-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, Located inside the grand national park area / Ganwoljae , Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, Ganwolsan’ means a sacred mountain , mountain marathon, concert, climbing tournament are held every year /
Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest , 175, Cheongsugol-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 44909 / Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village , 244, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44780, near the whale museum , Great fun place for kids /
Haksung Park , 54, Hakseonggongwon 3-gil, Jung-gu, Ulsan 44528, park in the heart of the city / Yeomposan Mountain , hiking trails close to downtown Dong-gu /
Ulsan Sights & Landmarks :
Seoknamsa Temple : 1064, Deokhyeon-riSangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 689-823, The temple was first built in 824 AD , Seoknamsa Temple is located in Gajisan Mountain. /
Seuldo Lighthouse , Bangeo-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, near the whale museum / Ganjeolgot , Daesong-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, A large Windmill and a large Postbox – Great coastal place with Horse-cart rides available here. Amenities include coffee shops and restaurants.
Seosaengpo Japanese Fortress , Seosaeng-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, ruins of a Japanese fortress from the 16th century located outside Ulsan on way to Ganjeoglo /
Ulsan Bridge Observatory , 155-1, Bongsu-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan, Open : 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM , panoramic view of the Ulsan industrial area with the Hyundai Heavy Industries / Bangudae Cliff , petrified dinosaur footprints , This rock art is appraised as a world cultural heritage which shows the marine culture of the Prehistoric Age /
Statue of Peace , 94, Daegongwon-ro, Nam-gu | Ulsan Grand Park, Ulsan 44660 / Ulsan Youth’s Street , Jeolmeumui-geori, Jung-gu, Ulsan 44531, lots of things to see and lot of fun / Ulsan Station Whale Sculpture , 177, Ulsanyeok-ro, Samnam-myeon | Ulsan Station, Ulsan 44951,
Jujeon Beach : is Located in the northeastern part of Dong-gu, also known as Black Pebble Beach /
Jinha Beach : this beach is surrounded by forests of pine trees /
Ilsan Beach : at the entrance to Daewangam Park , 993, Ilsan-dong
Activities : Rock climbing , Over 100 sport routes are available / Hiking , Ulsan has a fabulous river park with walking, running and biking trails / Surfing / Boat Tours / Spas & Wellness
Busan International Rock Festival, Samrak Park in August / Polar Bear Swim, Haeundae Beach , the first week of January / Sea Art Festival 2013, Songdo Beach , from mid-September to mid-October /
The Busan International Film Festival. runs the first 10 days every year in October , takes place all across Busan
Go next : Busan / Gyeongju / Daegu / Pohang / Gyeongju / Jinju / Tsushima / Fukuoka / Japan