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15 Best Things to Do in Ulsan (South Korea)

Korea’s manufacturing powerhouse on the East Sea is responsible for more than 15% of the country’s industrial output.

At an unfathomably large industrial complex by Ulsan’s port is the third largest oil refinery in the world and the world’s largest shipyard and the largest car assembly plant, owned by Hyundai Heavy Industries and the Hyundai Motor Company respectively.

It might be hard to imagine, but Ulsan does have a gentler side, at a bamboo grove on the Taehwa River, a pine-decked promontory park on the East Sea and a sandy beach resort.

On the horizon to the west rise the Yeongnam Alps, where there are nine peaks over 1,000 metres, hiding Buddhist temples and waterfalls and with a mantle of reed fields and pine woodland.

1. Daewangam Park

Daewangam Park

Pushing into the East Sea at Ilsan-dong is a scenic headland covered in woodland and culminating with a lighthouse above powerful rocky outcrops.

One, Daewangam Island, looks like a dragon rearing up from the water.

According to a legend this is the wife of King Munmu of Silla, lost at sea after his death in 681 and returning as a dragon to protect the East Sea.

The island is joined to the mainland by a metal bridge and is capped with an observation platform where you can look back at Ulsan and the coast.

Leading from the entrance to the park to the lighthouse there’s a 600-metre path through century-old pines, apricot trees, magnolias, cherry trees, camellias and forsythia.

2. Ulsan Grand Park

Ulsan Grand Park

You can leave the city behind for a few hours at this ecological park founded in 2006 on the west side of Nam-gu.

Planning had begun ten years before on the orders of Chey Tae-won, billionaire chairman of the SK Corporation, who started a fund as a way of giving back something to Ulsan.

In 369 hectares, Ulsan Grand Park has a small water park, a swimming pool, four ponds, a petting zoo, outdoor stage, flowerbeds and picnic areas.

One of the children’s playgrounds is an action-packed trampoline park, while there’s a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course and a cleverly designed acupressure walk for aching feet.

You can rent a bike from all the main entrances, and rental is free if you return it within an hour.

The park’s event calendar is busy in summer, and the standout is the Rose Festival in May, which puts on a light show in the evenings.

3. Taehwagang River Grand Park

Taehwagang River Grand Park

This corridor of greenery lines the Taehwa upriver from Ulsan’s heavy industry and is sprinkled with cafes, exercise areas, pavilions and playgrounds.

Due to historic flooding, the banks at the Taehwagang River Grand Park have been left free of development, and you can pause to contemplate the water and the low mountains that trace the river basin.

On a beautiful stretch between the Samho and Taehwa bridges grows Taehwagang Simnidaebat, a lush bamboo grove planted in the first decades of the 20th century to protect the banks from flooding.

You can rent a bike from the Jung-Gu Bicycle Cultural Center near the main entrance, and from spring to autumn there’s a series of flower festivals for spring blooms, roses and chrysanthemums.

4. Ilsan Beach

Ilsan Beach

Ulsan’s industry will seem a world away at this clam-shaped bay on the seaward side of Ilsan-dong and protected to the south by Daewangam Park’s headland.

There’s 600 metres of soft golden sand on Ilsan beach, and the smooth slope means you have to wade out for quite a long way before the clear water gets above waste height.

A new beachside amusement park has recently opened, to go with the restaurant and cafes on the waterfront road behind.

At the end of July the Ilsan Beach summer festival puts on a volleyball tournament, live music, a raft-building contest and a fireworks display.

5. Ulsan Hyundai Motors Plant

Hyundai Motors, Ulsan

Book in advance via the company’s website and you can you can be shown round the largest motor plant in the world.

Served by a dock that can handle three 76,000-ton container ships simultaneously, the size of the operation here is difficult to conceive.

At five factories, the plant employs some 32,000 people and produces an average of 5,800 vehicles a day.

Something you might not expect is the forest that blankets the site after Hyundai planted around 600,000 trees.

The plant also has a testing station the size of 100 football fields, laid with more than 20 kilometres of road.

The tour begins at a visitor centre, outlining the history of Hyundai and giving an overview of the factories’ advanced production processes.

6. Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village

Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village

From the 1890s until the ban on commercial whaling in 1986, Jangsaengpo was the Korean Peninsula’s top whaling port.

By the 1970s there were was a fleet of 20 whaling ships here, supporting a population of 10,000. That history is recorded at the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village, which was established in 2015. You can take a look at the historic village, follow a Whale Story Trail and check out the Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden, which has details on the Bangudae Petroglyphs a 7,000-year-old rock art site depicting cetaceans, not far from Ulsan.

The Jangsaengpo Whale Museum is the only attraction of its kind in South Korea, collecting (now rare) artefacts from the whaling industry, including harpoons, whale products, models of whales and skeletons.

There’s a 5D theatre here, and docked close by is a whaling ship that you can tour.

7. Whale-Watching Cruise

Jangsaengpo Whale-Watching Cruise

Between April and October you can book a whale-watching cruise at the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village, departing from the port.

If you want to see minke or gray whales the best time to take one of these three-hour trips is earlier in the season, from April to June, when boats depart every day except Monday and there are two cruises on weekends.

These trips go as far as 20 kilometres out into the East Sea, and while minke whales can be hard to spot, you’re sure to see lots of common dolphins as soon as you leave the harbour as they swim in large pods.

For a shorter cruise you could take a 90-minute trip along the coast to get a feel for the staggering scale of the Ulsan Industrial Complex.

8. Ulsan Museum

Ulsan Museum

This free museum opened beside Ulsan Grand Park in 2011, in a striking modern building hemmed by reflecting pools.

Using creative displays and lots of artefacts, the main exhibition is a compelling chronology of Ulsan.

Naturally there’s masses of information about whaling, shipbuilding and cars, but you’ll also find out more about the Bangudae Petroglyphs and the Buddhist temples that cropped up around Ulsan during the time of the Silla Kingdom.

In display cases are prehistoric handaxes, temple bells, maps, ceramics, ritual implements, weapons and armour.

Heading into modern times you’ll find out about the multitude of products manufactured in at the Ulsan Industrial Complex, like a 1975 Hyundai Pony, South Korea’s first mass produced car.

In the last few years there have been some top-notch temporary exhibitions, for Ancient Egyptian artefacts and the inventions of Thomas Edison.

9. Ganjeolgot

Ganjeolgot

A road trip south of Ulsan, Ganjeolgot is a cape famous in Korea for being the first place touched by the sun on the eastern coast.

The rocky promontory, marshalled by a lighthouse, is a popular gathering point at dawn on New Year’s Day to watch the first sunrise of the year.

All year people head to Gangeolgot to write their wishes on postcards, which they can then put in the second-largest post box on the planet.

There’s a boardwalk atop the promontory, and you can see a cluster of sculptures and monuments at the foot of the lighthouse.

Along with a sweet replica windmill you’ll find the Drama House, which was built as a set for the Korean TV show Flames of Desire in 2010 and has been converted into a cafe and gallery.

10. Oegosan Onggi village

Oegosan Onggi village

Onggi, a type of earthenware made in a long tube-like kiln, has a history in Korea going back 5,000 years.

In many shapes and sizes, Onggi pottery has a multitude of traditional uses, as jugs for serving alcohol, containers to carry water from wells, to cook rice and to ferment kimchi, gochujang and soy sauce.

In 1975 the master potter, Heo Deok-man, set up shop at Oegosan, not far south of Ulsan, to keep the onggi tradition alive.

He was soon followed by potters and artisans from across South Korea as the Onggi industry experienced a boom that subsided a little with mass-production.

It is thought that more than half of Korea’s traditional earthenware is produced in this one location.

At the Ulsan Onggi Museum here you can marvel at many expertly craftedpieces, including the world’s largest onggi pot, as certified by Guinness.

The four-day Onggi Festival takes place in October when you can watch live demonstrations, make your own onggi and take advantage of discounts on pottery of up to 50%.

11. Boksoondoga

Makgeolli, Korean Rice Wine

On a trip into the Yeongnam Alps don’t forget to stop at Sangbuk-myeon where there’s an organic winery making makgeolli, Korean rice wine.

Like champagne, makgeolli picks up a fizz from its fermentation process, but also has a cloudy appearance caused by a chalky sediment.

Boksoondoga makes its makgeolli with locally harvested rice, using traditional Korean yeasts and handmade onggi.

The flavour is rich and mild and, unlike other kinds of makgeolli, you won’t have to mix the sediment before you pour.

At the winery there’s a showroom with models explaining how the wine is made, and you can take a tour of the fermentation chamber and see the paddy where the rice is grown.

And as far as souvenirs or gifts go, a bottle of makgeolli from Boksoondoga is about as authentic as it gets.

12. Gajisan

Seoknamsa Temple

Heading out of Ulsan on National Route 24 you’ll eventually come to Seoknamsa temple at the bottom of the eastern slopes of Mount Gaji (Gajisan). Seoknamsa dates from the reign of Heondeok of Silla in the 9th century and was rebuilt in the 17th century following the Japanese Invasions of Korea (1592-1598), before being razed once more in the Korean War.

There are a few surviving monuments going back many centuries, like the 9th-century three-storey pagoda in front of the main hall.

Seoknamsa is a handy trailhead for a couple of well-marked paths if you want to conquer the 1,241-metre peak.

On the walk you’ll pass a makgeolli vendor, here from spring to autumn, for a restorative cup of rice wine.

The trail leads you through evergreen woodland, which thins out as you approach the craggy, wind-swept limestone peak for a four-hour round-trip.

If you set off early and want to keep walking, a trail leads you west onto the next peak, Unmunsan, via the Araetjae Pass.

13. Sinbulsan

Ganwoljae Flame Grass Road

Along with Gajisan, Sinbulsan is the other essential walking destination in the Yeongnam Alps.

The peak is at 1,209 metres but the main ascent is more gradual, and takes you along the spine of a ridge, on a path known as the Ganwoljae Flame Grass Road.

After emerging from woodland you’ll find yourself in a sea of swaying flame grass.

The tops are almost luminous when they catch the sun in late-summer and autumn and the reeds make a beautiful rustle in the breeze.

To protect these fields the path is raised on boardwalks and wooden stairways, which makes the climb to the top of Sinbulsan a little lighter.

14. Paraeso Falls

Paraeso Falls

On Sinbulsan’s western slopes, and together with many of the places on this list, Paraeso Falls isone of Ulsan tourist board’s “12 Scenic Sights of Ulsan”. You can get to this 15-metre waterfall within 40 minutes of Ulsan, and there’s a car park where you pay a ₩1000 entrance fee per person.

From here you’ll walk a 1.5-kilometre riverside trail rich with birdlife and small mammals (look out for the chipmunks), and with little pools that you can wade in.

The waterfall itself is at the top of three wooden stairways and plunges over jagged limestone into a broad pool where swimming is prohibited.

15. Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

The best panoramas in the immense Ulsan Industrial Complex can be had from Ilsan-dong on Muryongsan, a mountain that rises on the east side of the harbour.

Walking the trails you’ll arrive at several wooden lookouts on the south-west side of this 452-metre peak, but the most convenient is the modern Ulsan Bridge Observatory.

This looks across the Ulsan Harbor Bridge (2015), an impressive suspension bridge crossing the mouth of the Taehwa River.

There’s an outdoor platform on the fourth floor of the observatory tower, above a glazed space with screens and information boards pointing out the landmarks and covering Ulsan’s history.

The best time to be here is after sunset when there’s a seemingly endless forest of lights spreading out in front of you.

15 Best Things to Do in Ulsan (South Korea):

  • Daewangam Park
  • Ulsan Grand Park
  • Taehwagang River Grand Park
  • Ilsan Beach
  • Ulsan Hyundai Motors Plant
  • Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village
  • Whale-Watching Cruise
  • Ulsan Museum
  • Oegosan Onggi village
  • Boksoondoga
  • Paraeso Falls
  • Ulsan Bridge Observatory

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Ulsan Travel Guide: What To Do and Must-Visit Attractions

Jason Park

There’s no doubt South Korea is a fascinating place to visit, with millions of tourists coming in every year. 

But the bulk of these tourists goes to cities such as Seoul and Busan and smaller cities often don’t receive many visitors. Ulsan is one such city, one that is definitely worth visiting. 

Make sure you include Ulsan in your list of places to visit when you come to South Korea! 

So, what can you do in Ulsan? 

In a nutshell, there’s a lot you can do in this amazing city! 

You can take a walk in Daewangam Park, explore Ilsan Beach, visit the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village, book an exciting whale-watching cruise, hike in the Yeongnam Alps, and tour the massive Hyundai Motors plant.

Read on to find out more about the places you can visit and explore in Ulsan. Have fun and happy reading!

What to do in Ulsan

Here, we picked some of the best destinations and experiences that should be on the top of your visit list if you come to Ulsan. 

Enjoy reading and learning about these parks, museums, and many other exciting places!

Visit the Daewangam Park

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One of the best ways to get started on a tour of Ulsan is by visiting Daewangam Park. It is a natural park that is situated at a headland on the East Sea coast. 

The park is covered with numerous pine trees, and rocky outcrops, and also has a lighthouse!

Korean legend holds that Daewangam Island is actually the wife of a king who vanished at sea in the 7th century and returned as a dragon to protect the sea. 

This is because the island bears resemblance to a dragon rising up from the water.

Explore Ilsan Beach

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If you want to take a walk on a beach, Ulsan’s Ilsan Beach is where you should go. The beach is a great one, with golden sand and the water a beautiful shade of blue. 

To the south is the Daewangam headland which protects the beach and makes it perfect for swimming.

Ilsan Beach also has a summer festival in July each year, with fireworks, music, volleyball tournaments, and much more. 

There’s also an amusement park, along with many restaurants and coffee shops. 

If you’re in the mood for a walk, the beach is very close to Daewangam Park and you can walk to the beach from there.

Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village

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Jangsaengpo was the biggest whaling port in the whole of the Korean peninsula in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

It was home to a large fleet of whaling ships as well as thousands of residents. 

The Whale Culture Village in Jangsaengpo was established to record the history of the whaling era from its peak to the ban on whaling in 1986.

Besides learning about the history of the whaling era and whales themselves in the Whale Culture Village.

Plus, you can view interesting historic whaling artifacts in the Whale Museum such as harpoons, oil buckets, and skeletal models of whales.

Check out the Ulsan Museum

The Ulsan Museum is another place that should be on your visit list when you’re in Ulsan. 

The futuristic building has an impressive, modern design that looks like an amalgamation of 3D geometric shapes. 

Complementing its unique design are a number of pools along the museum’s walls. 

The museum is just as impressive from the inside as it is from the outside, with vivid exhibits showcasing Ulsan’s history.

Here, you’ll learn a lot about Ulsan’s history as a whaling port and more recently, as an important industrial center. 

You’ll also find many items displayed in the modern section that was produced by the Ulsan Industrial Complex such as Hyundai’s first mass-produced car in the country.

Whale-Watching Cruise

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If visiting the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village has somehow made you eager to get up close to whales and see them in their natural habitat.

Also, you can book a whale-watching cruise at the very same Whale Culture Village. 

Whale-watching cruises usually take place from April to October and are typically three hours long or about an hour and a half for shorter ones. 

Cruises depart the port many times a day during the peak season and venture out into the East Sea. 

During the cruise, you can spot minke whales, gray whales as well as lots of dolphins.

Boksoondoga Makgeolli

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In case you didn’t know, makgeolli is a popular Korean alcoholic beverage, an off-white, milky rice wine. 

One of the best places to try this beverage is in the Yeongnam Alps, in a winery called Boksoondoga.

The Yeongnam Alps are located over 12 miles to the west of Ulsan and the peaks there has an average elevation of just over a 1-hour walk. 

These Alps have lots of hiking trails and are the perfect means of exploring the beautiful countryside outside Ulsan. 

The Yeongnam Alps are also special because they are nestled in between some of the biggest industrial hubs in the country.

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

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Perhaps the best way to see a city in all its glory is to view it from above, from an observatory. 

So if you want some breathtaking views of Ulsan, head over to the Ulsan Bridge Observatory and you won’t be disappointed. 

The observatory is over 650 feet above sea level, so you’ll get great views of the city, the sea, the beach, and the industrial area. 

At night, the views are even more enchanting as the shining lights of the city contrast beautifully with the blackness of the sea.

Hyundai Motors Plant

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The Hyundai Motors plant in Ulsan is perhaps the biggest single automobile plant, spread out over an area of 1200 acres.

And what’s more, you can even take a guided tour of it.

You can book the tour in advance via Hyundai’s website and then you’ll be able to visit the many areas of this gigantic plant with a tour guide.

To give you some quick facts, the plant comprises five factories, produces an average of 5,700 vehicles each day, and employs over 30,000 workers. 

The plant also has a dock nearby that can handle multiple enormous container ships.

Taehwagang River Grand Park

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Once you visit Ulsan, you’ll realize the city has no shortage of parks and natural gardens.

The Taehwagang River Grand Park is a huge park that is situated along the bank of the river Taehwagang. 

The park contains lots of cafes, exercise areas, walking paths, and drinking fountains. The park is also an excellent spot for taking great pictures.

Where To Stay in Ulsan

Ulsan offers plenty of accommodation options for tourists. So, whether you’re on a tight budget or not, you’ll have lots of options for staying at hotels or hostels. 

These hotels and hostels are neat, clean, and offer lots of amenities. 

Here are our choices for the best hotels and hostels in Ulsan.

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Check out some of the best Ulsan hotels you can stay in below.

Shilla Stay Ulsan . The Shilla Stay hotel in Ulsan is one of the best hotels you can stay in. 

It is situated at the center of the city and is just a few minutes’ drive away from the Ulsan Museum, the Taehwa River Grand Park, and the Hyundai Motors plant. 

A standard room for two costs about $54.78, or 71,152 Korean won per night.

Lotte City Hotel Ulsan . Another highly rated hotel is the Lotte City Hotel. Slightly pricier than the Shilla Stay hotel, a room costs about $61.59 or 80,000 Korean won. 

The hotel has all the modern facilities you might expect and additionally has free Wi-fi and free parking.

Staz Hotel Ulsan . The Staz Hotel is the perfect option for those who don’t want to spend a lot on accommodation but also want to enjoy the facilities of a modern hotel in Ulsan. 

It costs about $44.62 or 57,956 Korean won to rent a single room for one night. 

This hotel is also located in the city center and is close to the Ulsan Grand Park and the Dongchun Gymnasium.

Mercure Ambassador Ulsan . If you have a bigger budget and are looking for a clean, comfortable hotel near the beach, then the Mercure Ambassador might be a good option for you.

With rooms starting from $85.39 or 110,909 Korean won, this hotel offers free parking and an excellent buffet breakfast.

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If you want to cut down on your accommodation expenses while you’re in Ulsan, check out these hostels below that provide excellent value for the money.

Remnant Guesthouse . This hostel is located in Ulsan’s Nam-Gu district and is quite near Ulsan Grand Park, as well as the Ulsan Museum. 

It is clean, and comfortable and offers free parking and free Wi-fi. The average cost of a room for two is $26, or 33,771 Korean won.

Illuso Guesthouse Hostel . The Illuso Guesthouse is another great option to consider if you want to stay in a cozy, comfortable hostel.

It is located in the Seosaeng-myeon district of Ulsan and offers double rooms and shared dormitories. 

Ulsan Guesthouse by Sleeping Pong . This hostel is another great option if you want to save money on accommodation. 

It is located near the center of the city and is close to Ilsan Beach, the Hyundai Motors plant, and the Seuldo Lighthouse.

You have the option of staying in standard rooms, rooms with bunk beds, as well as a shared dormitory for women. 

What is Ulsan known for?

Industrial heart of south korea.

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Here are a few facts about Ulsan. It is home to over a million people and is the seventh-largest metropolitan city, as well as the eighth-largest city overall in South Korea.

Ulsan is famously known as the industrial heart of South Korea since it has many huge industrial plants.

These include the Hyundai Motors plant, one of the largest automobile plants in the world, a huge shipyard, and an oil refinery. 

Ulsan also has some of South Korea’s best tourist attractions, including the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village and the Yeongnam Alps. 

It also has many beautiful parks, and Ulsan Grand Park is one of the best in the whole country.

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As we previously mentioned, Ulsan was an important whaling center in the late 18th and 19th centuries and had a large fleet of whaling ships operating out of the port. 

The Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village in Ulsan is one of the best places to learn more about the role the city played in the whaling era and its transition into a giant industrial hub over the decades. 

Other important landmarks of the city include the Munsu Stadium and the Ulsan Airport, which provides domestic air travel services.

To sum it up, Ulsan is a very promising and exciting tourism destination, one that should be on your travel bucket list. 

It has plenty of great tourist attractions, including impressive natural history museums, beautiful parks, whale-watching cruises, and of course, the largest single automobile plant in the world that you can tour.

When it comes to accommodation, Ulsan offers several options for tourists with all kinds of budgets. 

Whether you want a bit of luxury with affordable prices, or you want to strictly cut down on your living expenses, you’ll always find a reasonable option within your budget.

In this guide, we’ve explored many of Ulsan’s tourist attractions in detail and have also mentioned some of the best hotels and hostels you can stay in. 

Visit Ulsan next time you’re in South Korea!

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Bucket List: Amazing Places to Visit in Ulsan, South Korea

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S outh Korea has been topping the travel bucket list of many. In 2019 alone, over 17 million tourists enjoyed this multi-media famous country’s sights, culture, and glamour. Apart from the frequented cities like Seoul , Busan , and Jeju Island , many seaside cities have risen in fame. South Korea’s industrial powerhouse, Ulsan, is among them.

If you’re interested in wandering the birthplace of the Stairway to Heaven star, Kim Tae-hee, these top-rated activities await you:

Trail a path that leads to a mystic park

Sea and bridge at Daewangam park in Ulsan, South Korea photo via Depositphotos

Situated in Ulsan’s Dong-gu is a beauteous park that can easily make it to your trip’s highlight.

Daewangam Park is only accessible by walking through a trail of luscious cherry trees, beautiful magnolias, and mesmerizing apricots.

If you’re okay with walking through a kilometer of natural sceneries, you’ll soon reach this secluded island park. What makes this destination more special is seeing the Ulgi Lighthouse and a dragon-looking rock island.

Experience life-size dinosaurs in the city

Don’t worry. We’re not hinting at scary flesh-eating dinos, which Jurassic Park is famous for. Instead, an accommodating version can be seen in the pathways of Ulsan.

Numerous gigantic dinosaurs are standing in the middle of the city, which the whole family will surely appreciate. This tourist attraction is both beautiful and historic.

South Korea is abundant in fossils, like dinosaur footprints, eggs, nests, teeth, and bones. The Dinosaur Footprint Park is the perfect place if you want to trace these not-so-mythic creatures’ footprints.

Enjoy the fresh air atop one of Ulsan’s valleys.

Naewonam Valley of Mt Daeun by Jens-Olaf Walter via Flickr CC

The Naewonam Valley is a must-visit because of its beautiful clear waters throughout the year.

If you’re into hiking, the trail to Daeunsan Mountain will pass through this enchanting valley, where you can rest a while to appreciate the beauty of life and nature.

Feel the breeze 3,553 ft. above the ground

Yeongnam Alps by Scilla Kim via Flickr CC

Creating depth in the beautiful city of Ulsan is the Ganwoljae Plateau. It’s the highest point at 3,553 ft and is part of the Yeongnam Alps.

If you’re a lover of seeing the city from the top down, this travel destination is undoubtedly for you.

Appreciate the oriental designs from Southern Ulsan

Bell Shaped Stupa decorated with the animals of the Zodiac Sign at Hakseong Park by @candjinkorea via Flickr CC

Located in Ulsan’s southern part is Hakseong Park, home to an iconic Buddhist shrine.

The oriental zodiac figures carved around this shrine’s base are a truly unique feature, making this park a must-visit.

Stroll by a kid-friendly beach

Ilsan beach Ulsan South Korea

Ulsan’s Ilsan beach features powdery beach sands across its 600-meter front. If you are accompanied by children, this beach is especially worth-going to because it’s barely 2 meters deep.

Experience the heavenly beach of Korea

Jinha beach photo via Korea Tourism

The water in Jinha beach is warm and calm, causing it to be dubbed as Korea’s heavenly beach. If you want relaxation, this beach’s soothing water and peaceful scenery is a must-experience.

Stare at an incomparable night sky

Jujeon Mongdol Beach photo via Korea Tourism

Let yourself be captivated by the calming sky through Ulsan’s Jujeon Mongdol Beach.

This black pebble beach is stunning at night, as the fishing boats illuminate the view through their lights.

You can also enjoy the freshest catch at any time, making this destination one of the best places to dine!

Get to know the whales.

Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village photo via Korea Tourism

Ulsan’s Nam-gu is famous among sea-creature-lovers, and you’re about to find out why. The Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village has a myriad of whale-themed activities.

Here, you can spend time at the Whale Plaza, the Whale Garden, and the Sculpture Park, to name a few. All these activities will provide exciting stories about whales and how they live.

Enjoy the therapeutic effect of nature.

Paraesopokpo Falls photo via Depositphotos

Your visit to Ulsan can get even better when you visit the Paraesopokpo Falls. Here, you can stare at water majestically flow from a 15-meter height. Prepare to be mesmerized by the natural forest, the surrounding valley, and the bright sky.

Hike Ulsan’s beautiful recreational forest

Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest in Ulsan photo via Depositphotos

The Sinbulsan Falls Recreational Forest is another gem in Ulsan. Its picturesque waterfall flows from the Sinbulsan mountain, another part of the Yeongnam Alps.

The fall-mountain combo makes hiking a genuinely enjoyable activity in this city.

Walk across the Sipridaebatgyo bridge.

Taehwa River Bamboo Forest in Ulsan via Depositphotos

This picture-perfect wooden bridge atop the 48-kilometer Taehwa River is one of the city’s most relaxing sights. Surrounding this majestic scenery is a vast bamboo field that reaches the sky.

This river and bamboo garden make up the Taehwa River Bamboo Forest , the perfect destination if you want to take effortless photos with a fantastic backdrop.

Nurture the plant-lover in you

Theme Botanic Gardens and Arboretum in Ulsan

The city’s Theme Botanic Gardens & Arboretum has existed for over 20 years. It contains a wide variety of plant species, which aids the research and development of plants for the country.

In light of the new standard, many individuals have fallen in love with nurturing plants. If you want to see many varieties, this Ulsan garden will be a fulfilling experience.

Enjoy Korea’s largest municipal park.

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Ulsan Grand Park measures more than 3 square kilometers and is located in Nam-gu, Ulsan. Apart from the variety of plants and trees, you can find here, this park features a jaw-dropping walking trail, a playground, and various zoos. The government has invested around US$107 million in this park, and it’s undeniably a must-see!

Satisfy your bulgogi craving

Korean Beef Bulgogi photo via Depositphotos

One of the best ways to experience South Korea is through food, and Eonyang Bulgogi is one of Ulsan’s delectable dishes.

Although bulgogi can be enjoyed everywhere in Korea, Ulsan’s manner of preparation is among the most premium. Besides trying authentic and premium bulgogi, McDonald’s fans will enjoy its fast-food version.

Apart from this dish, the Giant Chicken in Ulsan is also one of the most well-rated meals—certainly a must-try!

Ulsan Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Ulsan, we listed places to visit and other amazing Ulsan, South Korea. We also listed some of the best travel deals, tour packages, and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

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Top 12 Ulsan Attractions You must Visit

Ulsan, officially the Ulsan Metropolitan City, is South Korea’s seventh-largest metropolitan city and the eighth-largest city overall, with a population of over 1.1 million inhabitants. It is located in the south-east of the country, neighboring Busan to the south and facing Gyeongju to the north.

Ulsan History

Joseon dynasty 13th Year of Rule by King Taejong (1413): Renamed Ulju as Ulsan-gun 31st Year of Rule by King Seonjo (1598): Elevated Ulsan-guns to Ulsan Dohobu 32nd Year of Rule by King Gojong (1895): Renamed Ulsan Dohobu as Ulsan-gun 1914: Merged Eonyang-gun with Ulsan-gun 1931: Elevated Ulsan-myeon to Ulsan-eup 1936: Elevated Bangeojin-myeon to Bangeojin-eup January 27, 1962: Ulsan Specific Industrial Zone designated June 1, 1962: Elevated to Ulsan-si July 15, 1985: Established Jungnam-gu January 1, 1988: Elevated Bangeojin Office to Dong-gu January 1, 1995: Integrated Ulsan-si and Ulsan-gun July 15, 1997: Ulsan Metropolitan City Established January 27, 2012: 50th anniversary of the designation of Ulsan Specific Industrial Zone July 15, 2017: 20th anniversary of the establishment of Ulsan Metropolitan City Jul. 1, 2018: Inauguration of the 7th popularly-elected official term

Things to do here

Taehwagang national garden, ulsan grand park.

  • Daewangam Park and Ilsan beach
  • Gajisan Provincial park
  • Cape Ganjeolgot
  • Seonam Lake Park
  • Jangsaengpo Whale Cultural Village
  • Ulsan Bridge Observatory
  • Jinha Beach
  • Ulsan Culture arts center

Ulsan Grand Park, located in Namgu Ok-dong, is an ecotype city park with multiple attractions. The park offers huge swimming pool, a theme park, an outdoor concert area, multipurpose sports field and more. The outdoor theme park offers 4 different size ponds, a walking trail, playgrounds, outdoor concert hall, squares, multipurpose sports field and picnic areas. Also near the South gate, you can find a butterfly field, rose garden, and a small zoo.

Useful Informations

  • Address : Taehwa-dong, Jung-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 중구 태화동 (태화동)
  • Phone: +82-52-271-8816
  • Homepage: www.ulsan.go.kr

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Express Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 407 and get off at Croba Apartments Bus Stop.

The Taehwagang River cuts across the heart of Ulsan and flows into Ulsan Bay, which is connected to the East Sea. The river basin, which stretches 36 kilometers from east to west and 28 kilometers from north to south, is mostly comprised of mountainous terrain, but there is fertile land on both sides of the river and at the southern end of the river. The river is presently an important source of drinking water for the citizens of Ulsan.

The field around the midpoint of Taehwagang River was left abandoned for a long time before it was founded as Taehwagang National Garden, preserving nature while providing a resting spot to the citizens of Ulsan. The garden is over twice the size of Yeouido Park in Seoul, and consists of natural water and a lush bamboo forest, known as Simnidae Forest, along with canola and forage barley fields. Simnidae Forest was once in danger of demolition as part of the government’s flood control plans but remains preserved thanks to community efforts. Preservation efforts led to turning the area into Taehwagang National Garden of today, which took place from 2004 to 2010.

  • Operating Hours 05:00-23:00 * After sunset, bikes are restricted from entering the park to prevent safey accidents.
  • Address : 94, Daegongwon-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 남구 대공원로 94
  • Phone: +82-52-229-6142
  • Homepage: www.ulsanpark.com  

[Experience Information] Ulsan Grand Park Forest Tour – Saturdays from 15:00 (About 1hr. 30 min.) – Free / Contact : +82-52-277-8280 (Ulsan Life Forest) Children Traffic Safety Park – Age limit (Over 3 years old~ Under 10 years old), Group (4 or more) – Opens between March to June and September to November Closed every Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays Forest crafts workshop –  Weekdays: Kindergarten, Elementary school, etc. Group (Max. 40, at least 15 or more) – Weekends: Family (including children age between 5~13 years old) * Excluding Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) Holidays

  • Available Facilities [Natural Ecology] Zelkova walking trail, nature learning center, themed flower garden, ponds/fountains, butterfly field, insect ecology hall, rose valley, children’s animal farm, wildlife rescue center. [Culture Life] Culture square, outdoor concert hall [Sports] Multipurpose sports field, teenager square, street basketball court, aquastic, gym, park golf course [Leisure] Playgroud, picnic area [Exhibition] Grand park exhibition, environmental energy

How to get here: By [Bus] 1. From Ulsan Airport take Bus No. 412, 432, 452, or 1402 and get off at Ulju-gun office Bus Stop. 2. From Ulsan intercity bus terminal, take Bus No. 307,401,417,427,714,724,1104,1114,1127,1401, or 1402 and get off at Ulju-gun office Bus Stop.

Daewangam park and ilsan beach

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Daewangam Park is a seaside park located on the east coast. A 1-km trail leads to the seashore after passing through a forest of pine, cherry trees, magnolias, camellias, apricots, and forsythia. The seaside is littered with weathered rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean. Another stroll path leads to a view of the Ulgi Lighthouse. The park is also home to Daewangam Island, a large rock island that looks like a dragon rising up into the sky. It is connected to the mainland with an iron bridge and has an observation tower.

  • Address : 140, Deungdae-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 동구 등대로 140 (일산동)
  • Phone: +82-52-209-3758
  • Homepage: daewangam.donggu.ulsan.kr  

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Express Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 124 and get off at Daewangam Park Bus Stop.

gajisan provincial park

The residual mountains of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range form ten tall peaks in the Yeongnam region. Dubbed the ‘Yeongnam Alps,’ these peaks include Chwiseosan (1,092 meters, also called Yeongchwisan), Sinbulsan (1,209 meters), Cheonhwangsan (1,189 meters), Unmunsan (1,188 meters), Goheonsan (1,033 meters), Munboksan (1,013 meters), and Gajisan mountains. This group of mountains is uniquely covered with reeds. Gajisan Mountain is the tallest of this group, rising above mountains almost 1,000 meters high. An attraction of hiking in Gajisan Mountain is that various large, oddly shaped rock peaks can be seen from the mountain trail. To the east of the mountain is Seongnamsa Temple built during the Silla Kingdom. Today, only Buddhist nuns remain, but there are relics like the budo stupa of National Master Doui (Treasure 369) and a three-story stone pagoda.

  • Address : Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 울산광역시 울주군 상북면 , 경상남도 밀양시 산내면, 경상북도 청도군 운문면
  • Phone: +82-52-229-7641~3
  • Homepage: tour.ulju.ulsan.kr
  • Hiking Course * Seoknamsa Temple – Ongnyu-dong – Miryangjae Hill – Gajisan Mountain /4km, 3hr * Bus Stop – Main Mountain Ridge – Forked Road – Jungbong Peak – Miryangjae Hil – Gajisan Mountain /6.7km, 3hr 30min * Seoknam Tunnel – Main Mountain Ridge – Forked Road – Jungbong Peak – Milyangjae Hil – Gajisan Mountain /6.7km, 4hr 30min   * Seoknamsa Temple – Imdo Island – Ssalbawi Rock – Gajisan Mountain /6.2km, 4hr

How to get here: By [Bus] From Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Gyeongbu Line), take a KTX train bound for Ulsan(울산). * Train schedule: 05:30-23:00, 30min intervals From Ulsan Station, take Bus 328, 807 bound for Soyajeong Villa(소야정).

Sinbulsan Falls National Recreational Forest is located at the foot of Sinbulsan Mountain is noted for the Yeongnam Alps and the beautiful surrounding valleys. Famous forest attractions in particular are the mountain’s valleys and waterfalls. The Parasopokpo Falls are a picturesque series of cascading falls. Near the falls are old Buddhist temples and the silver grass field of Sinbulsan Mountain. The forest houses a walking path, health training facility, forest exhibition hall, and accommodation facilities such as the Cabin House, Forest Recreation Center, a camping deck and a camping site.

  • Operating Hours [Accommodations] 15:00-12:00 (next day) [Day guests] 09:00-18:00
  • Admission Fees Adults (ages 19-64): 1,000 won / Groups: 800 won Teenagers (ages 7-18): 600 won / Groups: 500 won Children (ages 6 or under): 300 won / Group: 200 won * Winter season (December-March): Free (admission included in fees for camping site) * Group: 20 people or more
  • Address : 200-78, Eoksaebeol-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 울산광역시 울주군 상북면 억새벌길 200-78
  • Phone: +82-52-254-2123~4
  • Homepage: www.huyang.go.kr

How to get here: By [Bus] Take a train from Busan Station to Wondong Station. From Wondong Station, take a bus bound for Taebong (Baenaegol) Get off at the last stop (Dongnam Garden) and walk 1.7km to The Lower Sector.

cape ganjeolgot

Ganjeolgot Cape in Ulsan is the first place in Korea to see the the sunrise each day, with its end point sticking out into the ocean. The cape is the site of the annual New Year’s Sunrise Festival. The festival starts at sunset on December 31 and is filled with a wide range of performances that last throughout the night. At first light, people can be seen quietly standing with their hands clasped together, making a wish on the newly born year as they watch the sun rise over the ocean.

  • Address : 39-2, Ganjeolgot 1-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 울산광역시 울주군 서생면 간절곶1길 39-2 (서생면)
  • Phone: +82-52-204-0313
  • Homepage: www.ulju.ulsan.kr

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Intercity Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 715 to Ganjeolgot Cape Bus Stop. Walk for approx. 12 min.

Ganwolsan Mountain is a popular destination for hikers in the Ulsan and Busan area as well as other regions of Gyengsangnam-do Province. In early August, the reeds and lilies near the summit create a splendid view. To the west, the deep Naerijeong and Wangbonggol valleys channel clean water to Baenaegol Valley.

From the Ganwol Gogae Ridge, follow the Singallo Path to Wanbonggol towards Paraeso Falls. There you will find a cave called Jungnimgul, which is sacred Catholic ground often visited by the Catholic faithful. The first church built by Catholics in the Yeongnam region to escape persecution is found in Buldanggol (Ganwolgol) Valley in Ganwolsan Mountain area. The tomb of Kim Agatha who died in persecution is also in the Ganwolgol Valley.

  • Address : 614, Ganwolsan-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 울산광역시 울주군 상북면 간월산길 614 (상북면,간월재휴게소) 부근
  • Phone: +82-52-277-0101
  • Hiking Course [Course 1] Gangwolsanjang – Ganwoljae Pass – Summit [Course 2] Baenaegogae Pass – Baenaebong Peak – Summit [Course 3] Ganwoljanjang – Ganwolgongryeong Ridge – Helicopter Landing Pad – Summit

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Terminal, take Bus 323, 323-1 bound for Ganwolgyo Bridge(간월교). * Bus schedule: 07:00, 08:10, 09 :40, 10:50, 12:50, 14:50, 16:50, 18:50, 19:50 Take a taxi to Ganwol Recreational Forest(간월자연휴양림) (9min).

From Dong Seoul Terminal (Gangbyeon Station, Seoul Subway Line 2), take an express bus bound for Ulsan(울산). * Bus schedule: 06:00, 06:40, 07:20, 08:00, 09:00, 09:50, 10:40, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:10, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:40, 17:30, 18:20, 19:10, 19:50, 20:30, 22:00, 23:50

seonam lake park

Seonam Lake Park was originally developed to provide industrial water, and was closed off to the public with high barbed wire fences for over four decades. However, after the area was no longer used for industrial reasons, the fences were removed and the 1.2 ㎢ lake area was converted into a park. Various facilities and walking paths were created to compliment the breathtaking scenery and the surroundings.

  • Address : 104, Seonamhosu-gil, Nam-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 남구 선암호수길 104 (선암동)
  • Phone: +82-52-226-4851~4
  • Homepage: seonamlp.ulsannamgu.go.kr
  • Available Facilities * Convenience facilities: Observatory, pavilion, walking path, snack bar * Sports facilities (Free): Equipment for physical training * Sports facilities (Paid): Soccer field, artificial rock climbing wall, survival game field * Sanitary facilities: Drinking fountain * Picnic area * Performance facilities: Small stage

How to get here: By [Bus] From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal. From Ulsan Express Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 923 and get off at Samil Girls High School Bus Stop. Walk toward Samik Ceramic Apartment and walk along Seonam Lake-gil to the venue.

jangsaengpo whale cultural village

Opened in 2015, Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village reproduces the scene of an old whaling village through areas like Whale Plaza, Jangsaengpo Old Village, Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden, an aquatic botanical garden and other themed area as well as a sculpture park.

  • Operating Hours 09:00-18:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing) Closed on Mondays, the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Admission Fees Individuals 2,000 won / Groups 1,600 won
  • Address : 271-1, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 남구 장생포고래로 271-1 (매암동)
  • Phone: +82-52-226-0980
  • Homepage: www.whalecity.kr
  • Tour Course Information * West-facing entrance square – Totem pole – A Path to Meet Whales – Jangsaengpo Old Village – Aquatic Botanical Garden – Whale Square – Gorae Madang of Prehisitorical Era – Totem pole – Whale Story Trail – Whale Sculpture Park * East-facing entrance square – Jangsaengpo Old Village – Aquatic Botanical Garden – A Path to Meet Whales – Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden – Totem pole – Whale Sculpture Park – Whale Story Trail
  • Available Facilities Whale Plaza, Jangsaengpo Old Village, Whale Sculpture Park, Outdoor stage, Whale Story Trail, Whale’s Playground, Aquatic Botanical Garden, Parking Lot, 5D Video Room (under construction)

How to get here: By [Bus] Take Bus 246 in front of Ulsan Express Bus Terminal and get off at Jangsaengpo Whale Museum Bus Stop.

ulsan bridge observatory

At the height of 63 meters on top of Hwajeongsan Mountain (alt. 203 meters), Ulsandaegyo Observatory has a breathtaking view of the city and the city’s three major industries. The view is amazing regardless of day or night, attracting returning visitors to the area. The observatory has a souvenir shop and a cafe, adding more to enjoy in addition to the city view.

  • Operating Hours 09:00-21:00 Closed 2nd & 4th Monday, the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Address : 155-1, Bongsu-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 동구 봉수로 155-1 (방어동)
  • Phone: +82-52-209-3345
  • Homepage: www.donggu.ulsan.kr
  • Tour Course Information Starlight Tour, Daytime Course, Two-day Course

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 1401 and get off at Halla Tower Ap Bus Stop. Walk for approx. 12 min.

jinha beach

Jinha Beach is located 20 kilometers southeast of Ulsan and is a little slice of summer paradise measuring 1 kilometer in length and 300 meters in width. Like most beaches along Namhae (the South Sea) the waters of Jinha are shallow, warm, and calm, making it a perfect place to go swimming. The deep scent of the surrounding pine trees mixes with the ocean sea breeze and gives the beach an intimate atmosphere despite its relatively large size. Camping is allowed in the pine woods and is free of charge. Simple shower booths and changing rooms are available for the convenience of the visitors. You may also enjoy freshwater river bathing as the water from Hoiyagagn River from Munsusan Mountain flows into the beach area. Near the beach is Ideokdo Island, which consists of two mid-ocean rocks, and Myeongseungdo Island, which can be reached on foot. The latter, in particular, is popular for its beautiful sunset and is famous as a great fishing spot for Dorimi, flatfish, and Ureog. Around 10km away is Ganjeolgot Lighthouse, which is in operation 24/7.

  • Address : Jinha-ri, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 울산광역시 울주군 서생면 진하리
  • Phone: +82-52-204-0332

How to get here: By [Bus] From Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal or Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 715 or 1715 and get off at Jinha Bus Stop.

ulsan culture art center

The cradle of Ulsan’s cultural renaissance, the art center is the city residents’ highly respected multi-purpose facility, holding various generes of quality performances, exhibitions, and other cultural activities. In addition, the space is filled with state-of-art banquet halls and other ancillary spaces, making an ideal destination for visitors of all backgrounds and interests. 

  • Operating Hours: 09.00-22.00 Closed on Monday
  • Address : 200, Beonyeong-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 울산광역시 남구 번영로 200 (달동)
  • Phone: +82-52-275-9623
  • Homepage: ucac.ulsan.go.kr

How to get here: By [Bus] From Seoul Station, take a KTX train to Ulsan Station. Take limosine bus No. 5001 from KTX Ulsan Station and get off at Nam-gu Office Bus Stop. [Taxi] From Ulsan Bus Terminal, take a taxi for about 10 minutes (total travel distance: 2.4km). From Ulsan Airport, take a taxi for about 30 minutes (total travel distance: 9km).

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Unravel Hidden Gems of Ulsan: Your Ultimate Guide

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Embarking on an Ulsan travel guide reveals a treasure trove of experiences and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Beyond the well-trodden paths, Ulsan’s hidden gems beckon travelers to explore the uncharted corners of this captivating city. With many Ulsan attractions ranging from serene parks to historic temples, every nook and cranny tells a story, ensuring that every traveler leaves with a unique tale.

Nestled in the southeast corner of South Korea, Ulsan boasts its rank as the seventh-largest metropolitan city. This urban hub shines with its delightful nature, history, and modernity mix. Discover the unexpected beauty and fascinating places Ulsan, the bustling metropolitan city in South Korea’s southeastern region, has to offer.

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Bucket List Attractions in Ulsan

Daewangam park:  an enchanting seaside haven.

Daewangam Park is a seaside park located at the end of the southeasternmost point of Ulsan, facing the East Sea. It is one of the popular attractions in Ulsan for locals and tourists. It is known for its beautiful scenery, walking trails, and lighthouse.

The park is home to various trees, including pine, cherry blossom, magnolia, camellia, apricot, and forsythia. The walking trails wind through the forest, offering stunning views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. The park’s most iconic landmark is Daewangam Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a dragon rising from the sea. The rock is connected to the mainland by an iron bridge, and an observation tower on top of the rock offers panoramic views of the area.

Daewangam Park

Daewangam Park is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors. The park has many picnic areas and barbecue grills. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.

If you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing place to visit in Ulsan, Daewangam Park is worth a visit. 

Ulsan Grand Park:  A city’s oasis

Ulsan Grand Park is the largest urban park in South Korea, with an area of 3.69 square kilometers (912 acres). It is located in Nam-gu, Ulsan, and is home to a variety of attractions. They, including a large swimming pool, a theme park, an outdoor concert area, and a multipurpose sports field. 

The outdoor theme park has multiple amenities, including four different-sized ponds, a walking trail, playgrounds, an outdoor concert hall, squares, a multipurpose sports field, and picnic areas. The park is also home to a number of cultural facilities, including an art museum, an arboretum, and a botanical garden. 

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The park is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and a great place to spend a day outdoors. It is especially popular during the summer months, when the swimming pool and outdoor theme park are open.

Ganjeolgot Cape:  Your picturesque escape

Ganjeolgot Cape, situated a brief 20-minute drive from the entrance of Ulsan Nambu Ring Road, stands as a prominent lighthouse. During the blossoming of acacias along the coastline, extending from Ulsan to Busan’s Haeundae Beach, the air becomes infused with the delicate fragrance of these flowers. This stretch of road serves as an idyllic driving route, offering a harmonious blend of the graceful white acacia trees adorning the hills and intermittent vistas of the sea.

The landscape presents a magnificent tableau of the invigorating ocean juxtaposed with mist-kissed hillside views. Despite its close proximity to Ulsan Nambu Ring Road, the area’s scenic splendor bestows a sense of exotic allure.

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The earliest glimpse of sunrise on the East Coast can be captured at Ganjeolgot Cape. This awe-inspiring spectacle unfolds a minute ahead of Cape Homigot in Yeongilman Bay and five minutes earlier than Gangneung’s Jeongdongjin. In the company of Jinha Beach and Seosaengpo Japanese Fortress, Cape Ganjeolgot has emerged as a novel magnet for tourists.

Revel in the grandeur of the bracing ocean panorama set against the ethereal backdrop of mist-crowned hills. Despite its close proximity to Ulsan Nambu Ring Road, the area’s picturesque grandeur adds a touch of exotic charm.

Taehwagang National Garden:  Nature’s masterpiece

Nestled at the midsection of the Taehwagang River, the Taehwagang National Garden stands as a serene oasis in Ulsan. The Taehwagang River courses through the heart of Ulsan before merging into Ulsan Bay, ultimately connecting with the East Sea. Spanning 36 kilometers from east to west and 28 kilometers from north to south, the river basin consists predominantly of mountainous terrain.

Taehwagang National Garden Ulsan hidden gems

For an extended period, the area surrounding the midpoint of the Taehwagang River lay abandoned until it was designated as the Taehwagang National Garden. This sanctuary safeguards nature while providing a peaceful refuge for the residents of Ulsan, making it one of the must-visit Ulsan hidden gems.

Remarkably, the garden’s expanse is more than double that of Seoul’s Yeouido Park . It features natural water elements, a flourishing bamboo forest named the Simnidae Forest, and expanses of canola and forage barley fields. The Simnidae Forest faced the threat of demolition as part of governmental flood control initiatives, but it endures today due to the dedicated efforts of the community. The transformation into the current Taehwagang National Garden was brought about through preservation endeavors undertaken from 2004 to 2010.

Seoknamsa Temple:  A journey through time

Positioned on the southern edge of the Gaji Mountain range in Ulsan, Seoknamsa Temple takes its place as one of the four principal Buddhist temples within Gajisan Provincial Park. Originally constructed in 824 A.D., the temple suffered destruction during the Japanese Invasions of Korea. Through a series of reconstructions, it has now blossomed into a complex of 30 distinct buildings, making it one of the must-visit Ulsan hidden gems.

Upon entering, a serene path shaded by a lush canopy of trees follows a meandering stream. It gently guides visitors toward the temple. A delightful forested walk lasting around 10 minutes culminates in the arrival at the temple precinct. The vibrant hues of the temple walls extend a warm welcome to all who approach. A standout feature within the temple’s grounds is the Three-story Pagoda, situated at the heart of the temple.

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As history recounts, Monk Doui played a pivotal role in resurrecting this pagoda. He was driven by the aspiration that it would safeguard the nation from foreign incursions. Commanding attention from its central position within the temple, the pagoda stands as a captivating spectacle. It invites all to pause, find respite, and immerse themselves in the tranquility of the temple’s surroundings.

Wrapping Up

Ulsan attractions seamlessly weave the tapestry of nature, culture, and history from the whispering forests of Daewangam Park to the historical depths of Seoknamsa Temple. Whether seeking solace in a serene garden, chasing the earliest sunrise, or simply delving into South Korea’s vast cultural landscape, Ulsan offers an experience that imprints lasting memories through its various hidden gems. A journey to Ulsan isn’t just a tick on a traveler’s checklist but an immersive dive into a world where the past, present, and future harmoniously intertwine.

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The Best of Ulsan Korea: A Traveler’s Guide

Published: May 31, 2021

Modified: December 27, 2023

by Rina Bernardo

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View of Ulsan from the Taehwa River

When people think of tourist destinations and cities to visit in Korea , Jeju, Busan, Daegu are always on top of the list. These cities offer jaw-dropping landscapes, a rich culture, and delicious food. However, there are other cities worth a day trip or more, especially if you want to see a different side of the country. Enter Ulsan Korea, also known as the country’s industrial giant, home to the world’s largest shipyard and automobile assembly plant and the third-largest oil refinery. The city also has the nickname “Hyundai City” as it is the base of the famous conglomerate.

But despite its history as a predominantly industrial city, Ulsan also offers plenty of tourism opportunities. From sandy beaches and sprawling parks to traditional folk villages and whale museums, Ulsan has plenty of sights to see and places to visit. 

Where Is Ulsan Korea?

Street in Ulsan Korea

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Ulsan is a seaside city located on the southeastern end of Korea. It is home to more than 1.1 million inhabitants, making it the country’s eighth-largest city overall. Additionally, Ulsan is only 70 kilometers away from Busan, one of the major tourist destinations in the country. Gyeongju, Pohang, and Daegu are their close neighbors. 

The city of Ulsan is bordered by Gyeongju on the north, the East Sea on the east, Miryang on the west, and Yangsan on the south.

How to Get to Ulsan

Train leaving the station in Seoul

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Ulsan has an airport, Ulsan Airport, but it only services domestic flights. That being said, you can get to Ulsan Korea by plane from Gimpo Airport in Seoul and Jeju Airport in Jeju Island. 

If you’re coming from Incheon Airport, you’ll have to transfer to Gimpo Airport via the bus service in Incheon. Travel time from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport takes about 35 minutes. From Gimpo Airport, it will only take about an hour to get to Ulsan Airport. For now, only Air Busan, Hi Air, Jin Air, and Korean Air have flights from Gimpo to Ulsan. 

At the airport, you can head to the tourist information booth on the ground floor to get a map of the city as well as leaflets and tourist booklets.

The KTX Ulsan Train Station is the city’s main train station, although it is located far from the city centre. From the KTX Ulsan station, some buses and taxis can take you to the city centre or your hotel. Regular city buses have cheaper rates, but seats aren’t that comfortable and they take a long time since the bus makes several stops before getting to the city centre.

On the other hand, Chwaseok (seated) and express bus lines are also available. However, they are more expensive. These buses also use the expressway to the city so it’s quicker and seats are more comfortable as compared to regular city buses. 

Buses are another convenient mode of transportation getting to and from Ulsan since there are plenty of intercity buses that take you from one city to another. Bus stops and terminals are also easily found within the city.

From Seoul , it takes about 4 to 5 hours to get to Ulsan depending on traffic conditions. There are express bus lines from Seocho in Seoul to Ulsan that depart every 30 minutes. An intercity bus also travels from Seoul to Samsan-dong in Ulsan every 30 to 40 minutes. 

Meanwhile, there are more options from Busan to Ulsan by bus. Take the Chwaseok city buses and intercity buses from Nopodong in Busan to Samsan-dong in Ulsan. The difference between the two buses is that there are more stops on the Chwaseok bus than those of the intercity buses so the latter has fewer stops, making the trip faster. Intercity buses also have more comfortable seats, with only 3 people in a row. Buses from Busan to Ulsan Korea are also more frequent and run every 15 minutes

You can also catch an intercity bus from Haeundae in Busan, with trips every 30 minutes to Samsan-dong Terminal in Ulsan. Travel time takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Getting to Ulsan by car is easy and simple thanks to its efficient national expressway system. From cities like Seoul, Daegu , Daejeon, take the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan and exit at the Eonyang Junction. Travel time takes about 4 hours from Seoul, 1 hour and 40 minutes from Daegu, and 3 hours from Daejeon. On the other hand, Gwangju to Ulsan takes about 3 hours via the Namhae Expressway. 

Do take note that the travel time is highly dependent on the current weather and traffic conditions. Public holidays may also affect travel time. To avoid getting caught in traffic, plan your trip to Ulsan during the weekday and take note of public holidays.

Things to Do in Ulsan

View of Daewangam Park in Ulsan

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1. go for a nature walk at daewangam park.

Daewangam Park is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Ulsan Korea. It overlooks the East Sea and is notable for its unique dragon-like shaped rock. According to legend, the queen of the Shilla dynasty, wife of King Munmu, passed away after her husband’s death and was lost at sea. Eventually, she became a dragon to protect the East Sea. This seaside park welcomes you with a walking trail lined with magnolias, camellias, and cherry trees before getting to the famous Daewangam Rock. Cross the metal bridge and find the observation platform where you can catch panoramic views of Ulsan and the sea. 

2. Enjoy the Woodlands of Taehwagang Grand Park

While its bamboo forest isn’t as big as the one in Kyoto , Japan, Taehwagang Grand Park deserves a spot in your Ulsan itinerary. The park near the Taehwa River is the perfect escape from the huge machines and shipyards of Hyundai City. Its surrounding gardens are most beautiful to look at in spring when they are in bloom or during autumn due to the bright fall foliage. Facilities like cafes, snack bars, and exercise areas are also available and locals enjoying a picnic or biking around are a common sight. After exploring the garden, visit the Taehwaru Pavilion, a beautiful pavilion that became the inspiration of many poets and scholars during the Goryeo Period.

3. Join a Whale-Watching Cruise

If you’re visiting Ulsan Korea between April and October, don’t miss the chance to see the whales in their natural habitat. Book a whale-watching cruise at Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village and set sail to the East Sea. There are daily trips except on Mondays and cruises normally take around three hours or one hour and 30 minutes depending on your choice of the cruise. Aside from minke or gray whales, you may also get a chance to spot dolphins along the East Sea. When joining a whale-watching cruise, don’t forget to bring your cameras and have them ready to snap photos of these gentle giants.

4. Catch Panoramic Views at Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Towering 63 meters above the city is the Ulsan Bridge Observatory. The observation deck allows you to get a 360-degree view of the city and the Ulsan Bridge, one of the longest short-span suspension bridges in Asia. You can also see Ulsan’s three main industrial complexes: the automotive, petrochemical, and shipbuilding complexes. Before climbing to the top of the observatory, learn about the history of Ulsan Bridge and see a miniature version of the city at the Promotion Center on the ground floor. The observatory is especially popular among tourists during the sunset and evening when the city is lit up by sparkling lights. 

5. Hike at Sinbulsan

SInbulsan is one of Korea’s mountains that is part of the Yeongnam Alps. For hikers and nature lovers, hiking at Sinbulsan is one of the best ways to spend time in Ulsan Korea. It may not be as high as mountains like Seoraksan in Gangwon or Hallasan in Jeju Island , but its flame grass fields are a must-see. To protect these fields, pathways are raised on wooden boardwalks and stairs, making it easier to hike through Sinbulsan as well. Along the trail, you can find giant boulders, picturesque waterfalls, vast fields, and a gorgeous view of the Yeongnam Alps. 

Bottle and glasses of commercial makgeolli

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6. visit the boksoondoga rice winery.

Like soju, makgeolli (sparkling rice wine) is one of Korea’s signature alcoholic beverages. This drink is made with water, rice, and a fermentation starter, and is sweeter and thicker as compared to soju. For foodies or those curious about how makgeolli is made, Boksoondoga Rice Winery provides an opportunity for its visitors to get behind the scenes of its production. At the showroom, learn how it is made and visit the fermentation chamber to see the rice paddies. Before leaving Boksoondoga Rice Winery, purchase a bottle or two of makgeolli and enjoy this milky yet fizzy drink.

7. Discover the Twelve Scenic Areas of Ulsan

For first-time visitors, the Twelve Scenic Areas of Ulsan Korea are the best way to discover both its man-made and natural wonders. These areas range from waterfalls and mountains to modern sports complexes and night views. Aside from Daewangam Park and Sinbulsan, there are other sites you need to visit to see the beauty of Ulsan. Start your day by watching the sunrise at Ganjeolgot and explore the bamboo forests at Taehwa River. Visit the beach at Gangdong or learn why Koreans love football at Ulsan Sports Complex. Then, cap off the night at Mount Muryong where you’ll see the breathtaking views of the Ulsan Industrial Complex.

8. Stroll along the Shores of Ilsan Beach

In summer, head to the shores of Ilsan Beach. The kid-friendly beach boasts 600 meters of soft, powdery sand and blue waters. You can take a swim, pitch a beach umbrella and go sunbathing, or enjoy a game of volleyball with the locals. Ilsan Beach is also a favorite among families with children because it’s barely 2 meters deep. In July, the beach hosts its annual Ilsan Beach Summer Festival with volleyball tournaments, fireworks displays, and live music. Do take note that since Ilsan Beach is a popular site, it gets crowded during the day.

9. Learn About Whales at Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village

During the 1980s, Jangsaengpo was the country’s top whaling port until commercial whaling was banned in 1986. Years later, Ulsan Korea opened the Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village where visitors can go back in time and see what a whaling village looks like. Explore Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, the first and only whale museum in the country, and learn about Korea’s whaling culture. You can also find artifacts from the whaling industry like harpoons, whale products, and skeletons. The Whale Sculpture Park, Whale Story Trail, and Prehistoric Whale Experience Garden are some of the whale-related attractions you can visit in the village.

10. Watch the Sunrise from Ganjeolgot

Ganjeolgot is one of the Twelve Scenic Areas of Ulsan, a cape famous for being the first place in Northeast Asia where the sun rises. Marked by a white lighthouse, Ganjeolgot is also where locals would head to watch the first sunrise of the year on New Year’s Day. But if you can’t visit Ulsan Korea in the New Year, you can start your day at Ganjeolgot to witness the sunrise. Visitors also write their wishes on a postcard and put them in the second-largest post box in the world. There’s also a boardwalk where you can see different sculptures and statues near the foot of the lighthouse.

Entrance to the Ulsan Petroglyph Museum

Photo by Ulsan Petroglyph Museum on Wikimedia Commons

11. find ancient petroglyphs at ulsan petroglyph museum.

Visit the only petroglyph museum in Ulsan Korea. It displays more than 311 materials and has a research lab, audiovisual room, and exhibition hall. One of the main sights at the museum is the Buangudae petroglyphs. It contains over 200 etchings of deers, tigers, wild boars, hunting scenes, and fishermen. Visitors can also get a glimpse into what life was like in ancient Korea through the Bangudae petroglyphs. The Petroglyphs of Cheonjeon-ri are also a highlight at the museum, containing hundreds of carvings of deers, horses, dragons, and other figures. 

12. Savor a Delicious Bulgogi

Food is definitely one of the best ways to get to know a destination. And although bulgogi is a must-try dish almost everywhere in Korea, Ulsan has its own twist to the well-loved Korean dish. This style of bulgogi originated in Eonyang, a small neighborhood in Ulsan, and is considered a more premium and high-end version of the dish. Unlike traditional bulgogi which is sliced and stir-fried, Eonyang-style bulgogi resembles that of burger patties which are pounded and pressed into small lumps. This kind of bulgogi is served in most restaurants and can also be called, bassak bulgogi, meaning crisp-grilled bulgogi. 

13. Relax at Ulsan Grand Park

At 3.69 square kilometers, Ulsan Grand Park is the country’s largest urban park. It boasts several walking trails, a botanical garden, butterfly zoo, petting zoo, nature learning center, and different playgrounds! The park was the brainchild of Chey Tae-won, a former chairman of SK Group, the third-largest conglomerate of Korea. He wanted to build a park in the city as a way of giving back to Ulsan. Construction began in 1995 and ended in 2006. Due to the vastness of the park, visitors can rent a bike from the entrances around the park. The rental fee is free for the first hour.

14. Explore Seoknamsa Temple

Perched on the southern end of Gajisan is Seoknamsa Temple, one of the four major temples of Gajisan Provincial Park. Built in 824AD, the temple suffered major damages during the Japanese occupation, although it was rebuilt eventually. Today, the temple houses 30 different buildings. See the Three Story Pagoda, one of the highlights of the temple complex. It was built to serve as a protection from foreign invaders, but was destroyed and has since been restored in 1973 and now welcomes thousands of visitors. The Great Hero Hall is also one of the must-visit sites in Seoknamsa Temple, a massive hall with paintings about the Eight Scenes of the Historical Buddha’s Life. 

15. See Different Works of Art at Ulsan Museum

In contrast to the traditional or industrial buildings and structures, Ulsan Museum stands out with its modern and unconventional buildings. Inside, get a deeper insight into the history and heritage of Ulsan Korea through its permanent and special exhibitions. These exhibits are arranged chronologically from the prehistoric era to the Japanese occupation until the industrial age. The museum uses different artifacts including temple bells, hand axes, maps, ceramics, weapons, and other items to display the city’s history. Temporary exhibitions include inventions from Thomas Edison and artifacts from Ancient Egypt. There are also interactive exhibitions and displays for families with children.

Where to Stay

Toyoko inn ulsan samsan.

Economy double room in Toyoko Inn Ulsan Samsan

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Address: 308, Samsan-ro, Nam-gu, 44715 Ulsan, South Korea Price: Starts at 40 USD

Because of its strategic location and affordable price, Toyoko Inn Ulsan Samsan is a great choice of budget accommodation in Ulsan. All rooms overlook Ulsan, giving you unparalleled city views. Its rooms are equipped with a safety deposit box, clothes rack, refrigerator, air conditioning, and free WiFi. What makes the hotel a favorite among tourists is that the front desk staff can speak Korean, Japanese, and English so you won’t have to worry about the language barrier. If you’re visiting Ulsan on a short 2-day trip from Busan , Toyoko Inn Ulsan Samsan is a perfect choice.

Brown Dot Hotel Ulsan Jangsaengpo

Double room in Brown Dot Hotel Ulsan Jangsaengpo

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Address: 211, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu, 44780 Ulsan, South Korea Price: Starts at 68 USD per night

Brown Dot Hotel Ulsan Jangsaengpo is one of the most affordable hotels and accommodations in Ulsan Korea. Its rooms are pristine with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and soundproof walls. The en-suite bathroom features marble floors, a hot tub, and a bidet. Additionally, you can get views of Ulsan or the sea depending on your chosen room. For travelers with private cars, the hotel has free parking available without reservation. In terms of its location, Brown Dot Hotel is fairly close to Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, Wolbongsa Temple, and the Gaeunpo Fortress Remains. 

Lotte City Hotel Ulsan

Standard double room in Lotte City Hotel Ulsan

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Address: 204, Samsan-ro, Nam-gu, 44718 Ulsan, South Korea Price: Starts at 78 USD per night

Located within the heart of the city, Lotte City Hotel Ulsan is another great hotel choice. The hotel offers stylish and modern rooms with large and comfortable beds. All guests can also enjoy the use of the fitness centre and luggage storage for free. Guests who need to work or those who need to stay connected need not worry as Lotte City Hotel in Ulsan Korea offers free WiFi throughout the property. For convenience, a coin-operated laundromat is available for use. Sites near the hotel include Ulsan Culture & Arts Center, Ulsan City Hall Hatbit Square, and Ulsan Museum.

Hotel Hyundai by Lahan Ulsan

Deluxe twin room in Hotel Hyundai by Lahan Ulsan

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Address: 875, Bangeojinsunhwando-ro, Dong-gu, 44033 Ulsan, South Korea Price: Starts at 132 USD per night

Located near the Hyundai Heavy Industries Complex, Hotel Hyundai by Lahan Ulsan is one of the best 5-star hotels in the city. Expect elegantly designed and modern rooms, complete with a sofa, flat-screen satellite TV, and sockets conveniently located near the bed. High-speed WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel and all guests can use the indoor pool free of charge. From Hotel Hyundai Ulsan, Ilsan Beach, and Daewangam Park are only a short 10-minute drive away. Free parking is also available and guests don’t have to reserve in advance to secure a slot.

Lotte Hotel Ulsan

Standard double room in Lotte Hotel Ulsan

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Address: 282, Samsan-ro, Nam-gu, 44719 Ulsan, South Korea Price: Starts at 151 USD per night

For the best views of Ulsan, stay at Lotte Hotel Ulsan , a 5-star hotel in the middle of the city. The hotel boasts spacious rooms with city views, work desks, soundproof walls, and air conditioning. Its three on-site restaurants offer International, Italian, and Chinese cuisine. Laundry, ironing, shoeshine, and dry cleaning services are available at an additional price. Guests can also go bowling or play a round of mini-golf at an additional price.

Best Time to Visit Ulsan

Trail surrounded by bamboos in Taehwagang Garden

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Like most Korean cities, the best time to visit Ulsan Korea is from March to May. and October to November. The transition from spring to summer brings about pleasant weather perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Spring is also the city’s cherry blossom season and you can get to see the charming cherry trees blooming all over the city. Since the season is popular among tourists and locals, you may need to reserve your accommodation in advance.

The months of October and November are also the best months to visit as the summer crowds have already gone. Weather-wise, the temperature drops and the weather turns cold and rainfall is low, although still bearable for walking outdoors. Despite being an industrial city, Ulsan is also beautiful in autumn, with plenty of spots for watching the fall foliage.

Because of its weather and surge of crowds, summer isn’t the best time to visit the city. The weather is very hot and humid, although most rainfall happens in July and August. Snow isn’t common in Ulsan in winter but the temperatures drop down especially at night. However, it can be heavy when snow falls, making it difficult for sightseeing or heading outside.

Discover Ulsan’s Understated Beauty

Despite its reputation as an industrial powerhouse, Ulsan Korea also has a different side to it that is usually overlooked by tourists. Thanks to the efficient highway system and intercity bus routes, it’s easy to get to Ulsan from cities like Busan, Daegu, and even farther cities like Seoul. And while Ulsan is normally associated with large shipyards and oil refineries, there’s more to Busan than just that. There are traditional whaling villages, powdery white beaches, and 12 modern and natural treasures. While tourists tend to overlook Ulsan for other cities like Seoul, Daegu, Gyeongju, those looking for a different side of Korea should definitely visit Ulsan!

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Ulsan Itinerary 2D1N: What to Do in Ulsan, South Korea – Day 1

June 18, 2018 by summerkid_summergirl

After 2D1N in Busan, we moved to Ulsan and began our another 2D1N trip in this metropolitan city, discover some of the things to do, see and eat in Ulsan, Korea.

Previous: Things to Do in Busan – Seaside Temple, Busan Tower, Busan Sky Bridge, and more!

About ulsan:.

Ulsan, being the 7th largest metropolis in Korea, relies mainly on shipping, automobile, oil refinery, and heavy industries for its economy. In fact, it is the home to:

1. The World’s Largest Single Automobile Plant –  Hyundai Motor Ulsan Plant; 2. The World’s Largest Heavy Industry Group –  Hyundai Heavy Industries; 3. The Center of Korean Chemical Industry –  Petrochemical Coplex and Onsan Complex; 4. Leading Manufacturer of High-Value Added Specialized Vessels – Hyundai Mipo Dockyard; 5. Korea’s First and The World’s Forth Largest Port for Liquid Logistic –  Ulsan Port

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It is undoubtedly an important, growing industrial district in Korea. But at the same, Ulsan authority has put in plenty of effort in developing their tourism, as this place is actually rich with culture, history, coastal beauty, mountains and fields that can be introduced to the world.

The 12 Sights of Ulsan:

The 12 Sights of Ulsan is one of the best ways to experience Ulsan for first timer, as these 12 attractions are said to be “the Window into Ulsan City”.

Each sight has its own uniqueness, yet sharing some similarities with other sights of Ulsan, hence reflecting what Ulsan has to offer as a whole.

Get to know the nature, city & history of Ulsan by visiting:

1. Taehwagang Grand Park and Simni Bamboo Grove 2. Daewangam park 3. Four Seasons of Gajison Mountain 4. Sinbulsan Mountain’s Silver Grass Field 5. Sunrise at Cape Ganjeolgot 6. Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace and CHeonjeon-ri 7. Gangdong and Jujeon Pebble Beach 8. Ulsan Grand Park 9. Night View Seen from Ulsandaegyo Bridge 10. Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Village 11. Oegosan Onngi Village 12. Naewonam Valley in Daeunsan Mountain

Ulsan Transportation

From busan to ulsan: .

There are several ways to reach Ulsan from Busan, by train, KTX, bus, taxi or self-driving.

1. KTX: Busan Station – Ulsan Station (22 minutes) 2. Train: Haeundae Station – Namchang Station (36 minutes), Taehwagang Station (54 minutes) 3.  Bus: Busan Bus Terminal – Ulsan Bus Terminal (60 minutes) 4. Bus: Haeundae Bus Terminal – Ulsan Bus Terminal (60 minutes) 5. Car: Taxi/Self-driving Haeundae, Busan – Ulsan (40 minutes)

Getting Around in Ulsan: 

Upon reaching Busan, depends on the attractions you want to go, you may join any of the Ulsan City Tour, then take a cab to cover places which are not within the tour line if you wish to.

Ulsan Cyclic City Tour, Loop Course: This is pretty much like our Kuala Lumpur hop-on hop-off city bus. You buy a ticket at KRW10,000 and for one price, you can ride the bus and get off at any of the 16 designated tourist attractions as you like. The Loop Course is catagorized in Daewangam Course and Taehwagang Course.

Ulsan City Tour, Theme Type: It is also recommended to go on City Tour Theme Type, which available in Historical Exploration Course, Coast Tour Course, Industrial Tour Course for more in-depth, specific tour. These theme courses are available only on certain dates and time.

Ulsan Itinerary: Things to Do, See and Eat in Ulsan for 2D1N

Let’s the trip begin!

1. Seongnam-dong & Samsan-dong 

We started by visiting main shopping streets in Junggu Ulsan, like Samsan-dong Design Street and Seongnam-dong Street.

Seongnam-dong and Samsan-dong

Samsan-dong is also where largest department stores such as Hyundai Department Store and Lotte Department Store locate, making it the up-market shopping mecca of Ulsan.

We spent more time in Seongnam-dong area as we find it more interesting, with activities beyond just shopping.

Seongnam-dong and Samsan-dong

There are so many things to do in Seongnam-dong, from watching movie to outdoor stages performance, shopping, eating, second-hand clothing bargaining, cafe hopping and street photo takings.

Furthermore, Ulsan revamp projects have breathe in new life to Seongnam-dong, introducing walking tours that is educational yet fun, allowing both locals and tourists to discover the past and present of Ulsan.

2. Ulsan Keunaegi Story Road

Real Life Walk in the Past & Present of Ulsan. Take this Ulsan Keunaegi Story Road as example, we personally feel that it is one of the best theme roads to check out in Ulsan.

Ulsan Keunaegi Story Road

It makes us feel like we were walking in the real life of a historical novel, and gives us a brand-new perspective of the before, now and then of Ulsan.

Ulsan Keunaegi Story Road

There are 3 main alleys for Ulsan Keunaegi Story Road, consisting of Keunaegi-gil (2.5KM), Street of Memories (1.6KM), and Eupseong-gil (0.89KM). It makes up to a total of 4.5KM, which takes about 1 and a half hours to for leisure walking.

Hakseong Inn

Hakseong Inn (Marronnier)

3. Office for Head of Ulsan Dohobu

Office for Head of Ulsan Dohobu

It is built by the Ulsan Magistrate, Kim Su-oh, in 1681 (the 7th year of King Sukjong’s reign) and remodelled by another magistrate, Hong Ik-dae, in 1763 (the 39th year of King Yeongjo’s reign).

4. Ulsan Keunaegi Night Market

Ulsan Keunaegi Night Market

The first permanent night market in Ulsan. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday all-year-round, 7PM until 1AM.

5. Ulsan Information Centre

 Stopped by at this super cute tourist centre. Who will thought that a tourist info centre can be an attraction too but this one in Ulsan is MUST COME !

Ulsan Information Centre

A 3-floors building, with plenty of picture-worthy spots! It is in dreamy pinkish theme, girls will love this place!

Ulsan Information Centre

“Hello~~~ I’m Ulsan Keunaegi!”

Ulsan Information Centre

Aww… look at the bed room of red dress girl. Can I have my room this way too?

Ulsan Information Centre

Souvenirs printed with this charming little girl in red dress are available too! Dolls, bags, key chains, note books, handkerchief, mini pouch, mugs, and more. Hehe, feel like bringing one of each home.

Ulsan Information Centre

“Bye bye~ Remember to have a stamp as memory before you go.” Hehe.

6. Ttok Ttak Road

Taking the name of cock ticking “tick tock”, this alley is built to give solace to young people in Ulsan, who underwent tumultuous industrialization in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ttok-Ttak-Road

It is a street filled with colourful mural paintings.

Ttok Ttak Road

In between the main roads, there are a lot of smaller alleys that are worth visiting, such as Ttok Ttak Road, Culture Street, Byeongyeong Makchang Alley, Cheongchun Ko Bok-Su Jazz Road….

Ttok Ttak Road

…Youth Street, Juk Alley, Seongnam-dong Street, Paebaek Street (Okgol Market), Tailors Street, Barefooted Young Street, Market Street, Castle Street, Food Street and more.

Generally, many interesting photo spots, plenty of things to discover. Can almost spend a day here.

7. Clock Tower

ulsan clock tower

A popular meeting point in Ulsam down town. Built in 1966, this tower is refurbished in 2015 with modern time, having dome-shape top and gives the whistle sound of six trains on time every hours.

8. Youth Street

Ulsan Youth Street

Shopping paradise for teens and youngsters in their 20s. A lot of stores selling clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and fast food restaurants.

Ulsan Youth Street

Clothing! So cheap!

9. Young Go Boksu-gil

Felt as if the masterpieces of Master Go Boksu, such as  “Crushed Love”, “Living Away from Home”, resonating alongside us.

10.Coffee Street

Stop and have a cuppa in your favourite cafes!

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Jung-gu Theme Street Map

TIPS: As many places in Ulsan use only Koreans, we suggest to take this very useful UlsanKeunaegi-Iyagi-ro, or Stamp Tour map with English words from the tourism office.

Tick off each location one by one and feel the satisfaction by the end of the tour, like how we find Bukchon Hanok Village 8 Views in Seoul. Just this one have a lot more. LOL.

For more information, you can also check out Ulsan Jung-gu website : http://www.junggu.ulsan.kr/tour

How to Reach: Board on Ulsan Cyclic City Tour – Taewagang Course, get off at stops No.14 Junngu Culture Street. All these areas are within walking distance.

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Following Ulsan Taehwagang City Bus Loop Course, we visited Taehwagang River, Taehwagang Park and Simnidaesup Bamboo Forest connected to the park.

11. Taehwagang River

Taehwagang River태화강 cuts across the heart of Ulsan City and flows into Ulsan Bay, linked to the East Sea.

Taehwagang River

The river basin stretches for 36KM from East to West, 28KM from North to South, comprises mainly of mountainous terrain, but there is fertile land on both sides of the river, as well as at the Southern End of the river. The river is also an important drinking water source for Ulsan citizens.

Taehwagang River

It is great to take a leisure stroll along the riverside during evening, as you will get to enjoy one of the best sunset view in Ulsan.

12. Taehwagang Grand Park

Located on the shore of Taehwagang River, Taehwagang Grand Park 태화강 대공원 covers a huge 530,000metre square area.

Taehwagang Grand Park

It is the only downtown park in Korea that has been designated as one of the top 12 ecotourism sites by the Ministry of Environment.

On top of that, Taehwagang Grand Park is also famous for Taehwaru Pavilion – situated in the mid-section of the river, one of the Three Pavillionin Yeongnam; and the sanctuary of white herons and crows.

13. Onsan Manhoejeong Pavilion

DOnsan Manhoejeong Pavilion

 A pavilion built  in the late 17th century by Manhoe Bak Chwi-mun, intended to offer leisurely time to Bak’s later years.

14. Simnidaesup Bamboo Forest

Connected to the park is this photography-worthy toursit spot – 4KM long and 20-40KM wide Simnidaesup Bamboo Forest that reminds us about the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan.

Simnidaesup Bamboo Forest

This large bamboo field was created by the villagers to prevent the frequent flooding that occurred during the Japanese colonial period.

In spring, Taehwagang Grand Park turned into largest riverside flowering plant garden in Korea with over 60 million spring flower blossoms from 7 different species that include poppies, cornflowers, and golden coreopsis, creating a splendid full blossom scenery.

Address: Singi-gil, Jung-gu, Ulsan-si Admission Free: FOC

How to Reach Taehwagang River, Taehwagang Park and Simnidaesup Bamboo Forest: Ulsan Cyclic City Tour – Taewagang Course, get off at No.13 Taehwa Pavilion.

15. Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Ulsan Bridge Observatory, a 63-metres high Ulsan tower with an observatory that offers one of the best spots for Ulsandaegyo Bridge viewing.

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

The tower consists of 4 mains floor – a gallery of construction process of Ulsandaegyo Bridge, LED Rose Garden, Cafe with View, Indoor Observatory and Outdoor Observatory.

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Opened in May 2015, Ulsandaegyo Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge in Asia.

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

From the observatory, we get to enjoy a view of the entire area of Ulsan, from petrochemical to automobile and ship building industrial complexes – the three main industry of Ulsan.

Ulsan Bridge Observatory

It was quite hazy during our visit.  If the weather is good, you can have a glimpse of the 7 famous mountains of Ulsan clearly.

Address: Ulsandaegyo Bridge Observatory 155-1, Bongsu-ro, Dongu-gu, Ulsan, Korea. Opening Hours: 9AM – 9PM Admission : Free

How to reacH: From Taehwagan station, take bus 134 or 1401, get off at Dong-gu office and walk for 15 minutes.

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16. Lotte Hotel Ulsan

Lotte Hotel Ulsan

Sleeping spot of the night – Lotte Hotel Ulsan, a 5-stars hotel that offers satisfying and comfortable stay.

Lotte Hotel Ulsan

Modernly-designed hotel complete with all basic amenities, suitable for both leisure and business travellers.

Lotte Hotel Ulsan

Love the bed. It looks comfy right? And yeah, indeed it is. Had a really good sleep that night.

17. Korean Gineng Chicken Dinner

ulsan Korean Gineng Chicken Dinner

The most anticipated time – DINNER!

Korean Gineng Chicken Dinner

Had Korean Ginseng Chicken! So nourishing and tummy warming, comfort food that we could hardly say no too.

Korean Gineng Chicken Dinner

Share stir-fry meat in mini hot wok with friends too. Equally delicious. Flavourful, great with rice.

Korean Gineng Chicken Dinner

Tadaaaa… the full spread. Again, lots of Ban Chan to accompanied our dinner.

NEXT: Visit The Only Whale Museum in Korea, Make Your Own Pottery, etc..

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So, is Ulsan worth visiting, how to visit Ulsan, what to do in Ulsan and how to plan a budget trip to Ulsan for the first-time perfectly? Let’s check out our Ulsan travel blog (Ulsan blog) with the fullest Ulsan travel guide (Ulsan guide) from how to get to Ulsan, best places to visit, best time to come, what to eat as well as top things to do in Ulsan to help you maximize your trip as follows!

Overview of Ulsan (# ulsan travel blog)

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Ulsan is located in the valleys, among the mountains in southeastern Korea and about 70km from Busan. The word “San” is the Korean transliteration meaning mountain. It can be said that Ulsan is one of the major industrial zones and one of the seven largest cities in Korea today. In addition to a thriving industry, Ulsan is also attractive by its majestic beauty with 12 natural wonders with bold Korean traditions that fascinate anyone who has ever set foot here.

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Ulsan is a city located in Southeastern Korea, on the East coast. This location offers Ulsan stunning natural landscapes and a strong economic advantage from industry and marine. Ulsan is the South Korea’s seventh-largest metropolitan city and eighth-largest city in general, with a population of over 1.1 million and covering an area of 1,057 km², neighboring Busan to the south and opposite Gyeongju to the north.

Ulsan attracts visitors with its auto show centers and fascinating factory tours. With its unique geographical location and many interesting attractions, Ulsan is an attractive destination for travelers who want to explore the natural landscape, history and culture of Korea.

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The best time to travel to Ulsan (# ulsan blog)

Choosing when to going to Ulsan depends on personal preferences and weather. However, spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) are great times to visit Ulsan. At this time the weather is mild, not too hot, not too cold.

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These are also the seasons for traditional Ulsan festivals, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival (April) or the Ulsan Beer Festival (August). You can plan a trip to Ulsan at the above times to immerse yourself in the vibrant space of “the land of kimchi” during the festive season.

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And if you traveling in the spring time from March to May because the weather is warmer, then you need to pay attention to care your health because at this time there is often yellow dust flying from China, which is not good for you. health. And  travel to Ulsan in winter, although the weather is colder, it is a great time to ski and take a hot spring bath.

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Getting to Ulsan (# ulsan travel guide)

Airplanes are the main means of transport and are also very convenient when traveling to Korea, but there is currently no direct flight from Vietnam to Ulsan, so you have to transit at Incheon International Airport (Seoul), then you can choose to fly from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport to Ulsan Airport or take a limousine in front of the main terminal at Incheon International Airport to get to Ulsan. International airlines from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are Korean Air, Asiana Airlines.

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You can hunt cheap airfares as well as best routes on some search engine sites such as Google Flights , Kayak or Skyscanner .

Getting around Ulsan (# ulsan guide)

Subway (# ulsan travel blog).

In Ulsan, the most convenient public transport for visitors is the subway. With the purpose of serving people and tourists, the subway system here is very developed with diverse routes.

This is also the cheap means of transportation in Ulsan that tourists should choose. You can buy train tickets directly at the stations very quickly and conveniently.

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After the subway, the bus is also a popular and economical means of transportation in Ulsan, but it is also more time consuming. There are 3 types of buses in Ulsan:

  • White bus: This is an express bus, which shortens the travel time to the maximum, but this type of bus is not very popular with tourists.
  • Yellow Bus: This is the most popular bus in Ulsan with a fare for the whole route of only 1,150 won regardless of route.
  • Green bus: The most special feature of this bus is its smaller size and only short distance, inline for about 600 won / trip.

The bus routes all start quite early at 4 am and the last bus usually runs to the station at 11:30pm, so visitors can rest assured not to worry about missing the bus.

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Taxi (# ulsan travel guide)

Taxi is the most convenient way for tourists when they want to visit anywhere and in Ulsan is no exception. If you go in a group, you should choose this method, but the taxi price of Ulsan is quite high: Minimum from 2,400 won for the first 2km and increases by 100 won for every 125m after that (or every 30 seconds if the taxi is running less than 15km/h). If you take a taxi after 12pm to 4am, you have to pay 20% more on the minimum fare (approximately 3,360 won).

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  • Need to carefully watch the meter to calculate the charge.
  • The driver is only allowed to touch the meter up to 2 times.
  • Travel time from before and after 12pm is calculated into 2 different rates.

What to do and where to go in Ulsan

Ulsan museum.

Address: 277 Duwang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan, South Korea Hours: 9 AM–6 PM/Monday: Closed

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The Ulsan Museum is a must-see for visitors who want to explore the city’s history and culture. With diverse collections of art, monuments and artifacts, you can better understand Ulsan’s development from ancient times to modern times.

Jangsaengpo Whale Museum (# ulsan blog)

Address: Ulsan, South Korea Hours: 9 AM–6 PM/Monday: Closed

This unique themed village was built in the Jangsaengpo area, which was once famous as a whaling village. Visitors can participate in many wonderful experiences when coming here such as visiting the whale museum, whale boat tour, whale ecology experience center.

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Jangsaengpo Island is a value place for those who love marine life. You can enjoy stunning sea views, watch whales, and explore underwater life through tours or educational programs.

The projection room with 5D stereoscopic images creating the feeling of a real whale swimming also attracts many visitors. In particular, the ancient village of Jangsaengpo, which recreates the past, also has many sightseeing spots for both adults and children.

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Taehwagang National Garden

Address: South Korea, Ulsan, Jung-gu, 태화강 국가정원길 154 Hours: Open 24 hours

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Taehwagang National Garden is located next to the Taehwa River – home to the most beautiful bamboo grove in Korea. When entering this green bamboo forest, visitors will surely be overwhelmed by the clean and fresh air. If you have never been to Ulsan, this is the right place for you to experience and feel the breath of nature in this beautiful city. Taehwagang has become a wonderful attraction for tourists from all over the world when coming to Ulsan.

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This is one of the prominent parks of Ulsan city, it is built around the Taehwa River and has charming beauty in all four seasons of the year. It is surprising that such a large green park was built in the city center with perfect facilities to serve the people. The park is built with a wetland ecosystem including a population of flowers, a green bamboo forest, a square and an outdoor performance stage.

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In particular, from the forest, if you look out over the river, you will see a beautiful observatory on the other side. To get to this observatory from above, you will have to take a ferry across the river. Visitors are sure to enjoy the thrill of river crossing on a ferry in Namsan Naru. Standing up here, you can see Taehwa River as well as Taehwagang National Park with impressive panoramic views. Around the observatory are beautiful cafes where you can rest, relax and enjoy the view.

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Ganwoljae Silver Grass Field

This place is located in the Yeongnam Alps, a place connecting nature, sky, people and is especially famous for its silver grass field. You have to climb the mountain to see the silver grass field. At the time of departure with light steps, gradually a steep and curved road appeared difficult to climb, but when the grasslands spread out before the eyes, the fatigue seemed to disappear. Silver waves swaying in the wind, immense nature makes you just want to immerse yourself forever in that wonderful scenery.

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When coming here, admiring this beautiful natural scene, the fatigue gradually disappears. This silver grass field will surely make visitors just want to immerse themselves in the majestic and wonderful natural scenery.

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Onggi Pottery Village

Address: 36 Oegosan 3-gil, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea Hours: 9 AM–6 PM

Onggi Pottery Village is the largest traditional pottery village in Korea. Until now, the products of Onggi pottery village are very sophisticated and different from other ceramic regions.

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The color of the ceramic remains the same as the color of the terracotta, other products also bring the beauty of the earth, this traditional product has existed in Korean history for the past 5000 years and is the pride of the people of the land of Kimchi.

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In particular, Korean tourists are very impressed with the village roads everywhere they see products: jars, vases, pots… or handmade products from clay that look really pleasing to the eye.

Coming to Onggi village, you have to walk around the village roads to discover all its beauties. From the walls covered with soy sauce pots, the roofs with pot lids, and countless products for daily life such as dishes, flowerpots, plant pots, wind chimes, have made the village much more vibrant. The whole village is known as a huge collection of different terracotta products, creating a unique scene for Onggi.

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Coming here, you will not have to wonder about buying gifts for relatives and friends because there are many options, small and beautiful products made by you are also interesting keepsakes of the place you have been to.

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Romantic ginkgo tree road

The gingko tree road is located in Ulsan Grand Park. The giant ginkgo trees are planted in long rows on both sides of the road, when autumn comes, the road becomes more and more romantic with the red and yellow colors of the gingko trees and the carpet of fall foliage. The benches placed among the trees are the best photography spots to help you get the photos of a lifetime.

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Hyundai Industrial Park and Hyundai Culture & Arts Center

If you’ve been to Ulsan, you should visit the world’s largest shipyard located in the Hyundai industrial park right next to the Ulsan coast, which was established in 1972. Come here, although you can’t go inside. But just sitting in a car and going around is enough to make you overwhelmed by the cranes, pillars, and containers of the entire industrial park. It is known that Hyundai is one of the legends of Korea on the way to affirm the strength of the industry in the international market.

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Hyundai Culture & Arts Center in Ulsan is found and managed by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Here you can admire a magnificent building 5 floors high, there is a large concert hall with more than 1072 seats, a stage fully equipped with modern art and sound equipment, a paintings gallery, an ice skating rink and a covered swimming pool, etc. Hyundai Culture & Arts Center is a place that regularly organizes international quality performances, so it attracts a lot of tourists to attend and enjoy.

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Hamwollu Pavilion

Address: 산152-3 Seongan-dong, Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea Hours: Open 24 hours

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This place is famous as a beautiful night view in Ulsan. If visiting during the day, you can stroll along the surrounding paths or see the wide lawn and green pine trees in the background. The view in front of the gazebo is wide open so you can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets. New Year’s Eve events and sunrise viewing in the New Year are held here.

Ganjeolgot Beach

Address: Daesong-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

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This is the first place to see the sunrise over the East Sea and every year many people come here to watch the sunrise. There are many great spots to see and take photos at Ganjeolgot beach, but the most famous is the white lighthouse that stands out against the emerald sea. The Somang-gil Wishing Road was created by the beach, allowing you to walk while enjoying the smell of the sea, the passionate scent of the pine trees. You can write wishes on postcards and put them in a 5 meter tall wish box and send it to the place you want.

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Jujeon Pebble Beach

This beach is located in Gandong and is known as one of the 12 scenic spots in Ulsan with a distinct charm thanks to its round black pebbles rather than white sand. In particular, this place is known for its beautiful night view. The lights from the fishing village, the harbor and the seascape create a simple but warm picture. You should also visit the nearby Bongsudae. In the past, it was used as a military communications base in the Joseon era, but today it is a great place to enjoy the panoramic view of the Ulsan Sea.

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Ulsan Bridge Observatory

Address: 155-1 Bongsu-ro, Daesong-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea Hours: 9 AM–9 PM/Monday: Closed

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From the observatory, you can enjoy the day and night view of Ulsan city. The observatory consists of an outdoor and an indoor observatory. You can enjoy the scent of the sea and the Ulsan landscape through the 360-degree glass windows through the indoor observatory.

Daewangam Park

Address: 95 Deungdae-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea Hours: Open 24 hours

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In the park there are strange rock animals and about 15,000 sea pine trees with an average lifespan of about 100 years, creating a beautiful landscape. The name of the park comes from a legend that a consort of the Silla dynasty was buried under a rocky island because she said she would become a dragon and protect the country even in death. There is a bridge connecting the rocks, so you can see the strangely shaped rocks and white waves.

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Seuldo Island

This is a small island that is used to prevent sea breezes and waves from crashing into the port of Byeonjin. The island is like a natural breakwater, the sea here is very clear because it never settles and always flows naturally. Sit on benches placed in various positions facing the sea to watch the sunset and romantic seascapes.

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What and where to eat

Bibimbap: Bibimbap is a mixed rice dish consisting of raw vegetables such as bean sprouts, seaweed, kimchi… accompanied by egg yolks and optional condiments such as gochujang sauce, garlic or sesame oil. This is an interesting and very nutritious dish.

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Haemul Pajeon: It is a Korean pancake made from rice flour and mixed with seafood such as shrimp, squid, and clams. The pancake has a crispy crust and delicious filling, accompanied by a special dipping sauce. This is a very popular dish in Ulsan’s street food stalls.

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Ganjang Gejang: A type of fresh crab that is soaked in soy sauce to ripen for a period of 3-5 days. This dish has a rich flavor, often served with white rice or used to roll rice paper. Ganjang Gejang is a unique and indispensable seafood dish when you visit Ulsan.

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Bulgogi: Bulgogi is a famous grilled meat (BBQ) dish in Korean cuisine. Beef is marinated in soy sauce, garlic and other spices and then grilled until cooked. This dish has a sweet and aromatic flavor, often served with rice and raw vegetables.

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Eonyang Bongye Hanu Bulgogi: This is the origin of famous Korean barbecue dishes with the feature of not being seasoned with any spices. The highlight of this dish is the special delicious taste, the meat is crispy but when you chew it, it feels like it melts in your mouth. When enjoying, roll with some raw vegetables and chives leaves.

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Jangsaengpo whale meat: The demand for whale meat here is increasing, so almost all parts of them are used by the chef to avoid waste. Each part of the whale produces a unique meat with a different flavor and color. The common point of this dish is that it is delicious, nutritious, and contains no cholesterol… Delicious and cheap restaurant in Ulsan specializing in whale meat: Nam-gu Jangsaengpo-dong.

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Donghae fresh fish: Another specialty in Ulsan is the source of fresh fish caught from the two main seas, Jujeon and Jeongja. After being caught, they are processed on the spot to ensure the freshness needed for Donghae fresh fish. Therefore, when you enjoy, you will feel the sweetness and aroma of both very different from other places. Restaurants selling delicious and cheap Donghae fresh fish: Gangyang Raw Fish Complex: Gangyang-ri, Onsan-eup, Ulju-gun; Jeongja Live Fish Center: 638-5 Jeongja-dong, Buk-gu

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What to buy?

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Ulsan has a lot of nice shopping spots with famous brands and Mugeo-Dong neighborhood is one of the best shopping places in Ulsan. Mugeo-Dong is famous for its chain of fashion stores and fine dining restaurants, it is located opposite the university, so it has a large concentration of young people.

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You can freely to choose for yourself quality items from souvenirs, shoes, CD’s, clothes, household appliances, electronics… and enjoy delicious food. Pay attention to the products in the store that often have a pre-listed price. As for other goods on the street, you can bargain…

Where to stay?

Hotel hyundai by lahan ulsan ( agoda , booking ).

Room rate reference: $138.54/room/night

With beautiful architecture and luxurious interior, Hotel Hyundai by Lahan Ulsan promises to bring guests a comfortable and fully equipped resting space. The rooms are fully equipped with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars and free Wi-Fi and luxurious and modern restaurant facilities. Conveniently located near Ulsan’s most popular attractions, Hotel Hyundai by Lahan Ulsan is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Ulsan.

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Lotte City Hotel Ulsan ( Agoda , Booking )

Room rate reference: $62.97/room/night

Lotte City Hotel Ulsan is conveniently located near the city’s popular attractions. This hotel offers a comfortable space with professional service and facilities including a restaurant, bar and fitness center. This will definitely be a worthy choice for travelers who are intending to explore Ulsan for a long time.

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Shilla Stay Ulsan ( Agoda , Booking )

Room rate reference: $67.17/room/night.

Shilla Stay Ulsan Hotel is a luxury and modern hotel located in the city of Ulsan. With 150 comfortable rooms, this hotel offers guests a wonderful stay experience. The rooms are luxuriously designed with modern furniture and fully equipped with high-class facilities. Conveniently located near Ulsan’s well-known attractions, Shilla Stay Ulsan will be an ideal stopover for travelers after an exciting journey.

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Goodstay Kyungwon BIZ Motel

If you want to have an economical trip to Ulsan, this is the best choice for you. With clean, comfortable rooms and accompanying services, this 3-star hotel is always in a state of out of room during the tourist season. Therefore, if you plan to come here, you should book a room 2-3 weeks in advance.

Below we recommend more best budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.

  • Toyoko Inn Ulsan Samsan ( Agoda , Booking )
  • Hotel Riverside Ulsan ( Agoda , Booking )
  • Brown Dot Hotel Ulsan Jangsaengpo ( Agoda , Booking )
  • Mercure Ambassador Ulsan ( Agoda , Booking )

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Check out more top and best hotels in Ulsan through Agoda.com or Booking.com

Above is a summary of the guide of discovering Ulsan – the leading industrial city in Korea that we want to share with you. Hopefully the above sharing will help you have more new guides for your travel plans.

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  • 1.1 Orientation
  • 1.2 When to visit
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  • 2.2.2 Standard trains
  • 2.5 By boat
  • 3.2 By taxi
  • 3.3 By train
  • 3.4 By Light Rapid Transit
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Ulsan [dead link] (울산(蔚山)) is a city in South Gyeongsang . It is the capital of the Ulsan Metropolitan District.

Understand [ edit ]

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Ulsan is a seaside metropolitan city in the southeast of Korea with a population of 1.2 million. The city is known for its whaling heritage and as the industrial heart of the country.

While Ulsan is not listed in many tourist guides, it is the gateway to the Yeongnam Alps, considered to be one of the most beautiful national parks in South Korea. It also has twelve designated "Scenic Areas", from natural icons to man made buildings. Today the city lives in a Catch-22 situation; in some districts it is impossible to escape the industries. Although these industrial sites are breath-taking in scope, a testament to the achievement of man, they blight the landscape. On the other hand, the investment from these industries undeniably makes the city an better place to be. Ulsan was a World Cup 2002 host city.

Orientation [ edit ]

Ulsan City is 70 km north of Busan , but also close to Gyeongju , Daegu and Pohang .

Ulsan includes 4 wards ("Gu") and 1 county ("Gun"):

  • Buk-gu (북구; 北區) - The most northern the four Gu and rapidly developing due to the lack of pollution in the area.
  • Dong-gu (동구; 東區) - The location of Bangeojin, Hyundai and a large amount of the city's ship building industry (including the largest ship-yard in the world).
  • Jung-gu (중구; 中區)
  • Nam-gu (남구; 南區)
  • Ulju-gun (울주군; 蔚州郡)

Samsandong, home of the Lotte and Hyundai department stores, can be considered the up-market district. Western fashion brands are available along with a number of western chain restaurants. The neon lit back streets yield a vibrant bar and restaurant culture. The Lotte Ferris wheel is also in this area next to the Lotte Cinema.

Old down-town, Seongnamdong, is good for shopping at low, local prices (there are brand goods shops too however). It is the location of a small number of foreigner friendly/foreigner run bars.

Mugeodong, the home of Ulsan University, is the best place for the young, twenty-somethings wishing to eat, drink and party.

When to visit [ edit ]

The best months tend to be from March through May before it gets too hot. Summer serves up a heavy sweat-inducing humidity along with prolonged rain showers mixed with the occasional typhoon. It remains warm until late October (cited by many to be the best month) at which point the weather turns cold. But it is not uncommon even in December to have warm spells with temperatures plummeting at night. Ulsan sees little snow due to its southerly position on the Korean peninsular - however that is not to say that snow can not fall. When it does fall, it can be heavy.

Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ].

As Ulsan receives no international flights, it is only possible to arrive in the city via the air from two destinations - Seoul (Gimpo) and Jeju-do.

Getting to Ulsan by plane from Incheon International Airport requires a transfer upon landing to Seoul Gimpo Airport, which can be done by either train (Arex) or Limosine bus.

An easier option might be to take the KTX high speed train directly from Incheon International Airport to Ulsan (no changes required).

The flight from Gimpo ( operated by Korean Air and Asiana ) takes about one hour. Weekday fares start at ₩62,000 rising to ₩71,000 at weekends. ( The tourist information booth on the ground floor is a must before leaving the airport for great maps of the city and many leaflets on things to do. There is also literature on Gyeongju ) Those wanting to get to and from Gyeongju usually pass through Ulsan airport too. A direct bus service to Gyeongju runs 4 times a day. Departures from Ulsan Airport are at 08:20 11:40 16:10 18:40. Departures from Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, Platform No.5 are at 07:00, 10:10, 14:30, 17:20.

Another option is to fly into Busan 's Gimhae International Airport which is about an hour and a half away by bus.

If you are flying in directly to Incheon International Airport, you can also take the bus from the airport directly to Ulsan. It leaves from stand 10C outside arrivals, costs approximately ₩40,000 one way and takes about five hours.

By train [ edit ]

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Ulsan has rail links with the rest of the country and it is possible to get to the city without too much trouble or waiting.

KTX [ edit ]

KTX serves Ulsan directly. The train station is not in the city center, but to the west of the city in Eonyang. It is for further away from downtown than even the airport, however Ulsan City is accessible by bus from the station.

The regular city buses (yellow and white) cost ₩1,150 when using cash, or ₩1,100 when using a transportation card, and are the cheapest, although not the most comfortable way or quickest to get to the city center. The 327, 337 and 807 all run to Samsan-dong, which is the downtown of Ulsan, while other routes stay outside of the city core. These buses do not use the expressway and even makes some stops that are somewhat out of the way, so they may take considerably longer than the buses below to the city center.

One Chwaseok (seated) bus line runs as well to the KTX station, route number 1703. It costs ₩1,700 by cash, or ₩1,500 using a transportation card. It uses the expressway to the city center, so it is quicker and has more comfortable seats as the regular city buses.

There are also four express buses (5000 series) which run from the station to various parts of the city. They cost ₩3,200 when paid in cash, or ₩3,000 by transportation card. These buses have the most comfortable seats and make limited amounts of stops along the way. While not very high frequency (about 2 departures per hour), they are timed to depart after the trains arrive at Ulsan station.

Standard trains [ edit ]

The non-high speed Ulsan station has been renamed to Taehwagang (Taehwa River) Station, while only the new KTX station is now named Ulsan station.

There are no longer any slow (Saemaul or Mugunghwa) trains that go to Seoul. Most now terminate in Dongdaegu Station and Bujeon station in Busan, with a few runs to Pohang and other places.

Taehwagang station is a brisk 20-minute walk from the center of Samsandong following the main road straight ahead after going outside. Look for the Lotte Ferris wheel. Taxis are available to the Taehwagang Station.

When travelling between Busan and Ulsan, it is worth taking the train since the sight varies from the endless industrial backdrop of Ulsan to some breathtaking views of the sea along the way to Busan. The part especially near Haeundae is very nice as the route circles around the Dalmaji hill gives an endless view of the ocean. This line is under construction for an upgrade from single track to double track, and the part around Haeundae is being completely rerouted away from the sea meaning these sea views won't last for long.

By car [ edit ]

Getting to Ulsan by car is simple enough using the national expressway system:

  • From Seoul, Daejeon and Daegu , take the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan and exit at Eonyang junction .
  • From Gwangju, take the Namhae Expressway towards Busan and exit at Wonyang junction .
  • From Chuncheon , take the Jungang Expressway towards Daegu, then switch to the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan at Geumho junction.
  • From Eumseong and Cheongju take the Jungbu Expressway towards Daejeon and then switch to the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan at Nami junction.

By bus [ edit ]

Ulsan is well served by intercity buses and it is possible to get to the city from any other major (and not so major) location in the country. The city terminals are located a brief walk across the street from each other in Samsandong with a smaller terminal in Bangeojin. It is also possible to jump off these buses at the major neighborhoods or intersections on the way into the city (Gongeotap and Shinbok rotaries being a notable two).

  • 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.
  • From Busan There are several options for the Busan - Ulsan route. From the Nopodong bus terminal in northern Busan, you can take both the Chwasok (seated) city buses and the intercity buses that both run to Samsandong in Ulsan. For the Chwaseok buses, 1127, 1137, 2100, and 2300 all can be used (1127 runs to Mugeodong and Seongnamdong while the other buses take a more direct route to Samsandong). The cost is ₩2,000 if you use a transportation card, or ₩2,200 if you pay in cash. Alternately you can also use the Intercity bus which runs the same route, but makes less stops, so it is slightly quicker and has very comfortable seats (only three per row). Buses are very frequent (once every 7 minutes during the daytime) with the last departures at 02:00 from both sides. The cost is ₩4,000 which goes up to ₩5,900 after 22:00. There are additionally Intercity buses that run to Bangeojin as well.
  • From Haeundae , there are intercity buses running from the Haeundae bus terminal, which is directly across the street from the Haeundae train station. Local service runs once every 30 minutes to the Samsandong terminal, and takes about 1½ hours. The direct service which uses the expressway runs once every 20–30 minutes and takes 1 hour. In order to buy a ticket for the direct service, you should mention "Jik-tong" (직통), which is Korean for direct since the local bus is more expensive even if you get on and off at the same exact stops!

By boat [ edit ]

There are no ferry services to Ulsan though some people do arrive via work on boats that make port at the shipyards. The nearest international ferry services for the general public are in Busan where they arrive from a whole host of places including China and Japan. It is very rare that anyone would want to come to Ulsan for the first time using these services. Many English teachers make use of the ferries in Busan for the E-2 visa run to Fukuoka in Japan.

Get around [ edit ]

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Ulsan has an extensive public bus network with plans in place to build Light Rapid Transit system in the future.

If staying in the city for any length of time then buying the transportation discount card makes economic sense. It will entitle the holder to a ₩50 discount on fares (₩200 discount on Chwaseok "seated" buses) and a free transfer between bus services if made within the hour. Upon exiting the first bus be sure to place the card over the box with an X and O to initiate the free transfer.

The cards can be bought and refilled at the vendor shacks located next to any major bus stop in the city. Depending on design it should cost no more than ₩5,000. This does not include any credit which must be paid for in addition. One great feature is that it can be used on other city transport networks across the country.

Getting around the city by bus is a lengthy and time-consuming process. The white express bus services alleviate this somewhat but are less frequent on the routes. The regular yellow city buses cost a flat ₩1,150 (₩1,150 by cash, ₩1,100 by prepaid bus card) regardless of your journey's destination. This makes long-distance bus travel economical, but for short trips not so much.

Buses run until about 23:30 in the evening after this they start again early in the morning. Perhaps around 05:00 in some areas. The smaller blue buses only circuit the immediate local area many times a day. These cost ₩600 or more.

Step onto the bus at the front with exact change if possible. Drivers do give change but nothing more than a few hundred won. To exit the bus press one of the red buttons for a stop and step off at the back.

There's also a sightseeing bus service called Ulsan City Tour. Single-decker buses cost ₩5,000, and double-decker buses cost ₩10,000. Reservation is required for all routes. Homepage (English) [dead link] Same day KTX ticket holders will get 10% discount.

By taxi [ edit ]

Foreigners use taxis in the city frequently and almost always without problem. They're relatively cheap to use especially if the cost is shared among others. Once the bus stops running at night they are the only way to get from place to place over long distances.

The minimum fare begins at ₩2,200 for the first 2 km and increases by ₩100 for every 144 m thereafter. Taking a taxi between midnight and 04:00 will mean an increase of 20% on the minimum fare. ₩2,460 being the new minimum, rising at ₩120 thereafter.

After 04:00 passes the minimum fare immediately returns to ₩2,200. If your driver places it on the higher fare question this action or ask them to stop and get straight out. 04:00 and beyond means ₩2,200.

Be aware if the driver touches the meter at any point during the journey. There is only a need to touch it twice, once when the journey starts and once when it is over – that is unless your journey starts shortly before midnight and continues past in which case they may press a button to start increasing the fare by 20%.

Calling for a taxi should cost an extra ₩1,000 but it is not often noticed on top of the total fare. Speak clearly and slowly to the driver as many have problems understanding a foreigner speaking Korean, no matter how good your skills are.

Should you be involved as a passenger in a taxi in an accident with another vehicle, you may be held responsible for costs incurred - if the driver was not taking you to where you wanted to go - the accident would not have happened. It has happened in the past, and even the police have been called if there is concern that the cost of damages is so high that it could be considered the passenger may not be able to pay immediately!

If you're in some of the outlying areas and live close to a station then it becomes a viable form of transport into the city. For example, Hogye and Hyomun have stations in the north. To the south lie Deokha, Onyang and Seosaeng stations.

Tickets will be cheaper than a taxi but slightly more expensive than the bus. However you'll be into the centre within a few minutes making it well worth that extra couple of hundred won. Check your local station ticket office for arrival and departure times as schedules change depending on season of travel.

By Light Rapid Transit [ edit ]

A Light Rapid Transit (LRT) will be built in the city similar to that found in some European cities. The first of the lines will run through Mugeodong, Munsu Stadium, Gonguptap, Samsandong to Ulsan Station then turning north to Hyomun Station.

Talk [ edit ]

The primary language of Ulsan is Korean. English is not common especially among the older generations and many younger Koreans are shy about using their language skills. They'll often nod and say yes without really having understood a question - which can lead to problems when asking for directions. The Korean phrasebook should provide some useful words and expressions.

See [ edit ]

Twelve scenic areas [ edit ].

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Ulsan has designated Twelve Scenic Areas of interest to tourists visiting the city.

  • 35.620046 129.002785 1 Mt Gaji ( 가지산 ), Geori-ro, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun ( Bus: 807, 1713 ), ☏ +82 55-356-1915 . 00:00-24:00(Everyday) . Selected as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Mountains in Korea, Mt Gaji is the tallest mountain in Ulsan. There are well marked hiking trails up the mountain and are accessible from Seongnamsa Temple. Free .  
  • 34.774733 128.641499 3 Black Pebble Beach at Gangdong and Jujeon Seashore ( 강동몽돌해변 ), 1650, Donghaean-ro, Buk-gu ( Bus: 121, 137, 411, 421, 943 ), ☏ +82-2-1330 . For those hoping for a view of the winter sea, or those longing for the engulfing embrace of the clear dark-blue waves crashing into huge rocks, Gangdong Pebble Beach is the place to be. The coastal road, with its beautiful scenery of the sea and mountains, is a popular driving route. With diverse attractions nearby, many vacationers are attracted to this beach in winter.  
  • 35.492395 129.43956 4 Daewangam Songnim ( 대왕암공원 ), 95, Deungdae-ro, Dong-gu ( Bus: 102, 103, 104, 111, 112, 122, 123, 127, 133, 401, 1401 ), ☏ +82-52-209-3738 . Daewangam Park is a seaside park located on the east coast. The park has a walking trail that passes by a forest of pine, cherry blossom trees, magnolias, camellias, apricots, and forsythia. This park is located at the end of the southeasternmost point facing the East Sea, and has a lighthouse that serves as a marker for fisherman and sailors out on the sea. The park is also home to Daewangam Rock that looks like a dragon rising up into the sky. It is connected to the mainland with an iron bridge and has an observation tower.  
  • 35.393213 129.243289 5 Naewonam Valley of Mt Daeun ( 대운산 내원암 계곡 ), 1301, Unhwa-ri, Onyang-eup ( Catch the Sangdai Gosan Maeulbus. ), ☏ +82 522293862 . The tranquil valley is filled with pools of water and waterfalls next to large stones. The Naewonam Temple is also located in the valley amidst the mountain scenery.  
  • The Night View of the Ulsan Industrial Complex from Mt Muryong ( Bus: 137, 421. ). While looking over an industrial complex might not seem like a tourist attraction, the view is something out of Blade Runner or Koyaanisqatsi. Take your tripod to get the best night photos.  
  • 35.603739 129.169539 6 Bangudae ( 울주 대곡리 반구대 암각화 ), 285, Bangudaean-gil, Ulju-gun ( Bus: 308, 313, 318. ), ☏ +82-52-204-0322 . Holiday at Monday . Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace in Daegok-ri, Ulju-gun are estimated to have been drawn over several periods since the New Stone Age so you can discover the differences in styles among various ages. Primary objects that were popularly carved include sea animals, land animals, humans and tools and, as our prehistoric ancestors actively engaged in hunting, the hope of abundance in game is believed to be the reason why these objects were frequently carved on rocks. Vividly expressing animals and hunting scenes and colorfully depicting outstanding traits of objects, these petroglyphs are a form of both hunting art and religious art, and they are considered as the greatest masterpieces from which we can take a peek at the life and customs of the prehistoric ages.  
  • Eoksae (Reed) Plain of Mt Sinbul ( Bus: 303, 323, 327, 337, 368, 953, 1723. ). Mt Sinbul is the second tallest mountain in Ulsan, with a vast plain covered in reeds. Like Mt Gaji, it is considered to be one of the 100 most beautiful mountains in Korea.  
  • 35.535246 129.255347 7 Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium ( 문수월드컵 경기장 ), 44, Munsu-ro, Nam-gu , ☏ +82-52-220-2002 . If you enjoy visiting random stadiums, then by all means, go to the Ulsan Sports Complex, although it seems like it only made the list because Koreans love soccer. Home to one of South Korea's many soccer teams. Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium’s exterior design looks like a crane, which represents the bird of Ulsan. The design of the roof and the pillars represents the youth and dynamics of the city. Other representative symbols include a whale and big crown of the Silla dynasty.  
  • 35.550458 129.093733 8 Jakgwaecheon ( 작천천계곡 ), 133, Deungeogalpeuseu-ro, Samnam-eup, Ulju-gun ( Bus: 303, 318, 323, 327, 337, 368, 953, 1723. ), ☏ +82 052-229-3856 . Formed by many years of water erosion, the river runs straight past a temple. The rocks are engraved with Korean characters and is an excellent place for photography.  
  • 35.581176 129.23288 9 Seonbawi (Standing Rock) and Simnidaebat (Bamboo Grove) of Taehwa River ( 선바위 ), 6-1, Modubak-gil, Beomseo-eup, Ulju-gun . The combination of rocks, river and the bamboo forest create a breathing space in a highly industrial city. It is linked to the Taehwagang River Grand-Park.  
  • 35.536601 129.015117 10 Paraeso waterfall ( 파래소폭포 ) ( Bus: 807 ). A 15-meter-high waterfall with the reflection of the mountain in the pool below.  

Museums [ edit ]

  • 35.608209 129.166213 11 Ulsan Petroglyph Museum ( 울산암각화박물관 ), 254, Bangudaean-gil, Ulju-gun , ☏ +82-52-229-4797 . 09:00 ~ 18:00 (Holiday ay Monday) . Ulsan Petroglyph Museum was established on May 30, 2008 at the entrance to Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace (National Treasure No. 285) in Ulju-gun. The museum displays 311 exhibit materials and has an exhibition hall, a storage room, a research lab, and an audiovisual room. The exhibition hall presents models of petroglyphs of Bangudae and petroglyphs of Cheonjeon-ri (National Treasure No. 147), an educational video introducing the petroglyphs, a children’s hall, and family activity facilities. Visitors can observe reproductions of famous petroglyphs at the outdoor exhibit. Free .  
  • 35.502775 129.376641 12 Jangsaengpo Whale Museum ( 장생포 고래박물관 ), 244, Jangsaengpogorae-ro, Nam-gu , ☏ +82 052-256-6301 . 09:00 - 20:00 (Holiday at Monday) . The Jangsaengpo Whale Museum opened on May 31, 2005 is the first and only whale museum in Korea and stands on what used to be a central area for the Korean whaling industry. After whaling was banned in 1986, 250 artifacts from whalers and the whaling industry were collected and put on display. Visitors can enjoy experience zones such as the Whale Belly Road or the Underwater Adventure Zone. Exhibitions include things like a Bryde's whale skeleton, a killer whale skeleton, a gray whale corner, and whaling ships. For adult: 2000 .  
  • 35.433976 129.275441 13 Oegosan Pottery Village ( 외고산 옹기마을 ), 36, Oegosan 3-gil, Ulju-gun , ☏ +82 052-237-7894 . 09:00 ~ 18:00 . Oegosan Onggi Village was established when earthenware master Heo Deok-man settled in the area in 1975. The village today showcases a massive collection of various earthenware products, which creates a unique sight. Over 50% of the country's earthenware products are crafted at this village. The village also features several attractions for visitors to enjoy, such as the Ulsan Onggi Museum, which houses the largest earthenware pottery recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records; and the annual Ulsan Onggi Festival, with many diverse activity programs. Free .  

Do [ edit ]

Rock climbing [ edit ].

Popular on Munsu Mountain, the tallest in the city. Over 100 sport routes are available from 5.8 up to 5.13

Hiking [ edit ]

Ulsan is the gateway to Gayasan National Park and is accessible from Eonyang, a suburb of Ulsan. Take a bus to the Eonyang terminal and change for a bus heading to Seongnamsa. Hiking in the numerous mountains around the city is very popular, especially among the Koreans. Just about any wooded area will be flush with hiking trails.

The city has a fabulous river park with walking, running and biking trails. Flowers are plentiful and make for pleasant journeys along the river.

Beaches [ edit ]

  • 35.495735 129.426691 1 Ulsan Ilsan Beach ( 울산 일산해수욕장 ), 18, Haesuyokjang 10-gil, Dong-gu ( 1 kilometer north of Baneojin ). Ilsan Beach is a fine-grained sandy beach that is 600 meters in length, 40-60 meters in width, and 26,000 ㎡ in total area. The water is relatively shallow at 1-2 meters in depth and holds an average temperature of around 21.2 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Every July, there is a beach festival. Ilsan Beach offers various amenities and is surrounded by accommodation facilities, allowing for a comfortable and pleasant stay. Nearby tourist attractions include Daewangam Park and Hwaam Boat Trail Mark Management Center, which has a lighthouse exhibition center and the highest lighthouse observatory in the area, giving visitors a wide-open view of Ulsanhang Harbor. Hyundai Heavy Industry is also located nearby. ( updated Nov 2023 )
  • 35.383696 129.337868 2 Jinha Beach ( 진하해수욕장 ), Jinha-ri, Ulju-gun , ☏ +82 052-238-4351 . 10:00 ~ 19:00 . Jinha Beach is located 20 kilometers southeast of Ulsan and is a little slice of summer paradise measuring 1 kilometer in length and 300 meters in width. Like most beaches along the southern coast, the waters of Jinha are shallow, warm, and calm, making it a perfect place for swimming. The deep scent of the surrounding pine trees mixes with the sea breeze and gives the beach an intimate atmosphere despite its relatively large size. Camping is allowed in the pine woods and is free of charge. Simple shower booths and changing rooms are available for the convenience of the visitors. Freshwater river bathing is also available as the water from Hoeyagang River from Munsusan Mountain flows into the beach area. Near the beach is Ideokdo Island, which consists of two mid-ocean rocks, and Myeongseungdo Island, which can be reached on foot. The latter, in particular, is popular for its beautiful sunset and is famous as a great fishing spot for noraemi, flounder, and rockfish. Around 10 kilometers away is Ganjeolgot Lighthouse, which is in operation 24 hours a day. ( updated Nov 2023 )

Sports [ edit ]

Watch football at Munsu Football Stadium (home to Ulsan Hyundai FC).

Learn [ edit ]

You can take a course at the Oegosan Onggi Village near Ulsan and learn how to make onggi (Korean earthenware).

Work [ edit ]

The most common work available for native English speakers is teaching English as a second or foreign language.

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Eat [ edit ], budget [ edit ], mid-range [ edit ].

  • Pho Bay ( next to Lotel Hotel ). Pho Bay is a great Vietnamese restaurant. Try the pho noodle soup. ₩7,000-10,000 .  
  • 35.539 129.343 1 Ulsan Wholesale Fish Market , Samsan-ro, 5-minute walk east from Lotte Hotel . This market is similar to Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan . Customers choose their fish, and the fish is prepared on the spot. Prices are fixed but it can be possible to negotiate some extra fish at no additional cost, though vendors here generally do not speak English. Common dishes include hoe (raw fish, pronounced "hway"), sannakji (dead but still moving octopus), and various fish soups. A small fee is added to the price of the fish for its preparation. Dishes are usually accompanied by vegetables, various sauces, and kimchi. Beer or soju can be purchased for around ₩4000 a bottle. The market also sells whale meat, and it is sometimes possible to see a whale being butchered at the exterior of the building. ( updated Feb 2015 )

Splurge [ edit ]

The second floor of the Samsandong Skyrex apartment building (the tall twin buildings that can't be missed) hosts a buffet called D'Maris which is focused on seafood, but also hosts a large variety of other dishes and is quite delicious. Cost is ₩36,300 per person.

Drink [ edit ]

  • Bench Warmers ( one block north and one block west of the clock tower ring, look on the right up a short alley for the sign ). Great foreigner bar in Shinae (Old Downtown). They host a poker game on a weekly basis.  

Sleep [ edit ]

Located around the Taehwa River Station, there are numerous motels to choose from. Typically, these motels will cost anywhere from ₩40,000 to ₩60,000 depending on the time of year. Motel prices fluctuate depending on the season and what is going on in the city. If there is a festival on, you could pay more.

  • Ulsan Hotel . A business oriented hotel at Gongeoptap Rotary, very close to the Ulsan Grand Park.  
  • Lotte Hotel . The most luxurious place to stay. It is in the center of the main downtown area, just steps away from various bars and shopping. The intercity and express bus terminals are within a few minutes walking distance. One drawback is the lack of food and drink options (two restaurants and no bars in the hotel), however the hotel's location does alleviate this being in the main downtown area with a decent selection of restaurants and bars within 5 minutes walking distance of the hotel.  
  • [dead link] Hyundai Hotel . Another 5-star accommodation. It is in Dong-Gu, and unless you are visiting the Dong-Gu area, is very inconveniently located.  

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Stay safe [ edit ].

Ulsan, like any city in South Korea, is very safe.

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There are many other cities nearby that are cool to check out for a weekend tour.

  • Busan (부산, 釜山) is an hour away by bus from Samsandong. South Korea's second city, there's something for everyone there.
  • Gyeongju (경주, 慶州) Ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty a short bus or train ride north. Home of Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto. It's an open-air museum and not to be missed.
  • Daegu (대구, 大邱) Large city with its own unique sights to see.
  • Pohang (포항, 浦項) Industrial grit and grim, but a marvelous beach, compact and eminently walkable downtown make this an alternative weekend break.

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10 Best Natural Wonders in Ulsan

Take a road trip through ulsan.

A city that holds a branch of the Taebaek Mountains and neighbours the blue East Sea, Ulsan has many special natural landscapes. Climb up to the highest peak of Yeongnam Alps to realize how beautiful a view of mountain after mountain could be, and also visit a cool, refreshing waterfall to get rid of any worries and concerns sitting in your heart. In winter, welcome the rising sun at the sea where the sun rises before anywhere else in Korea, and walk through a pine forest and meet unique-shaped rocks for a time you will not regret.

Or, visit a beautiful forest and river that have been preciously protected for a road trip to a natural recreational forest, and relax your soul fatigued from busy daily life by the vast sea and a beach filled with black pebbles. In fall, appreciate the gorgeous dancing of silver grass that continues to move around in the wind and paint mountains and hills with the color of silver. There's no season for you to get bored in Ulsan with its tall mountains and vast sea.

Gajisan Mountain

Scenery of mountain peaks enjoyed from the highest point.

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Gajisan sits at an altitude of 1,241 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain among the 9 peaks of the Yeongnam Alps. Many visit this mountain throughout the year for its beautiful sunrise, but it’s a good idea to plan a wintertime vacation as it’s one of few places in Ulsan where you can tread on snow. Hiking the summit takes about 3 hours (round trip), but well worth it for the spectacular scenery.

The mountain has many notable rocky spots with their own legends, such as Beteulbawi, Ttanbawi, and Ssalbawi. East of the mountain is Seongnamsa Temple, which dates back to the Silla Kingdom. The site has several relics, including a stupa and a 3-storey stone pagoda.

Location: Deokhyeon-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

photo by Lcarrion88 ( CC BY-SA 4.0 ) modified

Ganjeolgot Cape

Sea that greets the sunrise before any other.

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Ganjeolgot Cape is one of the best sunrise-watching spots in Ulsan, along with Pohang’s Homigot and Gangneung's Jeongdongjin. In fact, this cape is where you can see the rising sun around 1 minute earlier than Homigot and 5 minutes earlier than Jeongdongjin. The sun actually rises the earliest in wintertime, especially on 1 January. As a result, Ganjeolgot is a popular site for many to welcome the new year.

It is said that on a clear day, the light from the white lighthouse, which has served as a guide for ships for over a century since 1920, can be seen even 48 km away. In the park lies the Hope Mailbox, which is more than twice as tall as a typical adult. If you write a postcard and put it in the mailbox, it will actually be delivered to your destination. For a day trip, enjoy a cup of coffee at a cool cafe along with a beautiful view out the window, and, if you wish to watch the sunrise, camp out at a camping ground to spend a night and enjoy the wait until the red sun rises over the horizon.

Location: Daesong-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

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Daewangam pine forest, blue sea where pine trees and unique-shaped rocks form harmony.

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Daewangam Pine Forest is a beautiful beach where hundred-year-old huge pine trees exude rich scents. It holds a mystical legend that the queen of Munmu, the king of Silla who accomplished unification of the Three States, died and later became a patriotic dragon before being buried underneath a rock in Ulsan. After walking past a forest of 15,000 pine trees and a suspension bridge, you will reach Daewangam. The rock itself and the waves that crash into it create a nice panorama.

As you walk along a trail with the pine trees above you like a roof, the scent of pine inhaled through your nose soon spread throughout your body. The 303-metre-long suspension bridge is safe to accommodate 1,285 adults walking over it at the same time but the bridge wobbles and, also, you can watch the sea way below through a wired net beneath you, which makes it so thrilling that will make your legs shake. Many people have visited the park ever since the opening of the suspension bridge and, whenever you walk over the rocks and take pictures, make sure to be careful and not to lose your footing.

Location: San 907, Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea

Sinbulsan Falls Natural Recreational Forest

Precious gift from beautiful nature.

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Sinbulsan Falls Natural Recreation Forest, which can accommodate up to 1,000 people every day, features an abundant quantity and a variety of species of trees to attract many campers. Unique-shaped rocks and diverse trees seemingly hold the ancient mysteries and help you experience true healing by nature. Its 41 lodging facilities and 17 camping grounds accept only a limited number of people and the forest is divided into upper and lower parts to make it less crowded and more pleasant.

Here, you can learn about nature and forests through various programs, so it is a perfect learning site for children. Of course, nature is a lifelong friend, so adults can learn a thing or two as well. Become a simple being in the midst of a green forest and clear water and spend a time of true recovery while enjoying a forest bath. Making a reservation in advance is mandatory, and it is so popular that campers are drawn by lot on weekends and during peak seasons, so make sure to plan your trip ahead of time.

Location: 175, Cheongsugol-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

Open: Wednesday–Monday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

Phone: +82 (0)52-254-2123

Jujeon Pebble Beach

Clean sea with refreshing sound of waves.

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Jujeon Pebble Beach is a relaxing beach where black pebbles, which are rarely seen on the East Coast, form a 1.5-km-long seafront. These pebbles usually come flooding into the beach at high tide before returning to where they were at low tide.

Cafes and restaurants offer great views of this unique beach and gorgeous sea. It is also a great place for camping, thanks to a huge carpark. You can retire for the night to the sound of uniformly and gently crashing waves.

Location: Nammok 3-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea

Ganwoljae Pass

Windy hill with a field of beautiful silver grass.

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Ganwoljae is a popular pass that represents the Yeongnam Alps. Every fall, a large number of people visit to watch silver grass that flutter in the wind, and the field of silver grass that reflects the sunshine is so fantastic that you will not regret the visit even if you don't like places with crowds of people. The photos are very beautiful as well, which is why it is widely loved by people of all ages and genders.

The trail, which stretches some 13 km for a round trip, is a little bit too much for a novice to finish, but the slope is not steep so you can even find children on a diligent hike. The side where a deer farm is located is a bit more flat, so make sure to choose a course based on your ability in hiking. At the 900-metre-high peak, a stone pagoda stands, and this is a great place to take a selfie to prove your successful climb up to the top. Eating cup ramen has become a necessary part of a hike in Ganwoljae. If you wish to enjoy the Yeongnam Alps without having to climb a tall mountain, make sure to visit Ganwoljae in the fall. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful atmosphere, we recommend you to avoid the month of October.

Location: Deungeok-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

Phone: +82 (0)52-229-7882

Ilsan Beach

Sea with a cozy white sandy beach for dynamic activities.

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Ilsan Beach spans 600 meters, curving gradually like a half moon in Ulsan. It’s a natural spot that offers both laidback and energetic activities. Waves are gentle thanks to its topography that curls in like an earthen pot, which is why there is no difficulty in sea bathing and water sports even for novice swimmers. As you sit on the beach made of fine sand and gaze out at the sea, the Daewangam Rock forest trail, which is basically a breakwater made by nature, unfolds before you like a painting.

The excitement for those who love thrilling experiences cannot be left out as well. When you ride an extreme boat, speed boat or banana boat to scud over the waters, the overflowing adrenaline will be too much to handle. If you are with your family, try a family boat or picnic boat. The time you spend on the sea in a quiet, relaxing manner will present you with great joy. At one of the restaurants or cafes located along the coastal road, you will be able to quench your hunger or thirst after hours of playing in the water, which will make your day even more satisfactory.

Location: Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea

Phone: +82 (0)52-209-3363

Sinbulsan Mountain

Magnificent view of nature whose beauty becomes deeper in the fall.

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Sinbulsan, boasting an altitude of 1,159 meters, is the second tallest mountain followed by Gajisan, the highest peak of Yeongnam Alps. The name, Sinbulsan, means a mountain where spirits practice Buddhism. As the name suggests, miraculous energy is felt on a foggy day. The path through Ganwoljae has a gentle slope but is longer whereas the other path is steep, so choose whichever you like. If you climb the steep trail, be careful at the Dinosaur Ridge that often sees accidents. The view of the silver grass field you see at the top will be quite a spectacle.

Mountains in Korea exude different appeals from one season to the next and they all have their own seasons when they are the most beautiful. For Sinbulsan, it is late fall when silver grass, maple leaves and the beauty of the mountain are at their climax. If you're lucky, you may find flying squirrels, which are Natural Monument No. 328, or perhaps wildcats, martens, weasels and raccoons, which are Level 2 endangered species. They will all add more excitement to hiking. Fill your fall Instagram with photos of the silver grass.

Location: Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

Paraeso Falls

Stream of white water flowing down a cliff.

Paraeso Falls is a great place to defeat the scorching hot summer day thanks to its cool streams of water falling from a 15-metre-high waterfall. Having cooled the heat for Ulsan citizens for a long time, the falls have now become a popular Instagram spot and attract an increasing number of visitors. It is said that it used to be called Baraeso as it had been where rain calling ceremonies were held. A greater volume of cool water falls after a day of rain so, for our ancestors who waited for rain, the falls served as a precious testament.

The pond to which the water falls down has a circumference of 100 meters and there is a saying that the pond is so deep that even a skein of silk threads is unable to reach the bottom. But it is said that the depth has never been measured. However, it is possible to estimate the depth by the dark jade color. The rock across from the waterfall is a photo spot made by nature for you to take beautiful selfies, so don't miss out.

Location: Icheon-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

Phone: +82 (0)52-229-7000

Jakgwaecheon Stream

Where clear water flows around broad rocks.

Jakgwaecheon Stream is one of the 12 Scenic Views of Yeongnam where a broad rock, which can seemingly seat several hundreds of people, forms a spectacle. Water that flows along Yeongnam Alps ends up at the foot of Ganwolsan Mountain as a clean stream, which is none other than Jakgwaecheon. Sunlight reflected on clean water during the day and moonlight reflected on the broad rock at night create such a beautiful sight to behold. Jakcheonjeong Pavilion, which is said to have been standing since the Goryeo Dynasty, forms harmony with nature and keeps its place in a peaceful manner.

On a summer day, play in the water by a mildly inclined rock with family. While you are immersed in a cool, exciting time, look at Jakcheonjeong to imagine how our ancestors in the Goryeo Dynasty enjoyed the arts. It's also nice to camp out at the Jakgwaecheon Auto Camping Ground built on a circular deck and appreciate the scenery that changes every season. If you have a glass of beer while watching stars that fall through tree leaves, you will be able to experience a special refreshing feel that you cannot taste in the city.

Location: 1551, Gyodong-ri, Samnam-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea

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Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest: The Best Kept Secret In Ulsan, Korea

The Taehwagang National Garden (태화강 국가정원) is the most beautiful bamboo forest in Korea that I have visited and I have visited a few. When I walked into this gorgeous forest of green bamboo shooting into the sky, I remember wondering why I’d never heard of it.

The Damyang Bamboo Forest is known far and wide in Korea and yet, there are other bamboo forests. There’s even a bamboo forest I visited on Geoje Island near Busan that is really off the beaten path too. Suffice to say, this bamboo forest in particular is a stunner… a massive stunner. If you haven’t visited Ulsan, Korea, it’s definitely time and when you go, this is where to go there.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

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Address: 107 Taehwa-dong Jung-gu, Ulsan (울산시 중구 태화동 107)

From Seoul or Busan To Ulsan: You can easily take the KTX train directly from Seoul or Busan to Ulsan. We tacked a visit here on to a trip to Busan recently.

By Bus: From the Ulsan KTX Station, take bus 357 or 5003 to the bamboo forest. From Ulsan, buses 133, 327, 708, 718, 357, 807, 817, 857, and 5001 all stop at Taehwagang Station.

Admission: FREE

Pets: Pets are permitted in the park but must be on a leash.

Parking Facilities: Available and cost W1,000 per hour.

Rental Bikes: The park has some very lovely flat walking paths but they are long. If you’ve got children, or if you don’t want to walk the entire time, look into getting one of the rental bikes or that also features a covering which is perfect if it’s really sunny in the summer.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

The park doesn’t JUST feature bamboo.

Go In The Spring: In the spring there is a flowering plant garden that features sixty million blossoms including poppies, cornflowers, and golden coreopsis. This is actually the largest riverside flowering plant garden in the country. All of this to say that the best time to visit is in the spring to take full advantage of the bamboo forest and the gorgeous flowering fields.

Go In The Summer: Each summer, more than 6000 herons migrate to Ulsan. If you visit in the summer, take advantage of the timing and definitely head to the riverside to watch as the majestic herons fly, swoop, and glide through the air.

Go In The Autumn: Or maybe the best time is in the autumn, In October, the fields are a stunning yellow with mums abloom and there’s also an arts festival. Whether you visit in the spring, autumn.. summer or winter, you’ll enjoy the views that’s for sure. So when are you looking to visit?

Go In The Winter: One thing I’ve always appreciated about bamboo is that is stays so green throughout the winter. While everything else is faded and the leaves have browned and dropped, bamboo is still rather gorgeous. I haven’t visited Ulsan in the middle of winter, but was there in December and the bamboo was still beautifully emerald. Such a sight when everything else is bare.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

What To Expect

The bamboo forest is four kilometers long and twenty to forty kilometers wide in different areas. It’s just massive and was created by local villagers in an effort to prevent flooding. The Taehwagang River cuts through Ulsan and flows into Ulsan Bay which is connected to the East Sea. The river flooded frequently during the Japanese colonial period but since the bamboo forest has grown, the flooding has ceased and now the bamboo forest is rich and lush. The bamboo forest was actually featured in the Top 100 Must Visit Spots In Korea for 2019 and yet it’s one of those best kept secrets.

There are paths on either side of the bamboo forests with one along the riverside and one along the interior and then there’s a path right through the center. There are exits on either side so you can weave in and out and all around easily.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

This building had just been finished when we visited last year and the interior wasn’t yet set up but as I’ve read, this beautiful building is now an information space. You’ll see this when you head into the park. Definitely stop by to see what’s inside but definitely enjoy the exterior as well. I really appreciated the wooden design of this new building and think it’s an ideal addition to the beautiful bamboo park.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

Built in the 17th century, this beautiful pavilion was built by Manhoe, the pen name of Bak Chwi Mun who lived from 1617 to 1690 and was a country magistrate during the Joseon Dynasty. It’s a beautiful pavilion that was destroyed and then restored in the 19th century and is a great spot to get some beautiful photos with the bamboo forest in the rear and views of the river.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

From the forest, if you look out over the river, you’ll spot a sleek looking observatory on the other side. You’ll walk through the bamboo forest for a bit, but keep an eye on the water to spot where you can walk through. To get there, head down to a little dock where you can catch a wooden boat to pull yourself across. Nah, just kidding. You don’t have to do it yourself. It works on equal intervals, so if you just miss one, head back into the forest to wait a bit for the next one.

The observatory has three floors featuring a great view of the forest along with an interior that rotates. Grab a drink and check out the view before and then head back to catch the little boat headed back. It’s a fun little activity to take advantage of when you visit.

Taehwagang River Bamboo Forest, Ulsan, Korea

The forest itself is really massive and so long. You’ll want to take a ton of pics at the beginning but, honestly, it just keeps going and going and going. It’s magically lush and dense and towering. Feel the feels, take the photos and walk walk walk walk… or maybe you were smart and rented bikes. You can walk through the entire forest of bamboo and then make your way back via the flower garden that is on the interior side away from the river.

Along the bamboo forest there are numerous, and I mean numerous, play areas and playgrounds for children if you have them. I was surprised just how many there were. Usually parks have one playground or a couple but this one seems to really be looking to keep kids enjoyment high while at the same time keeping parents’ relaxed. Do NOT miss a walk through the forest, but equally, do NOT miss a walk through the gardens and playgrounds.

Lotte City Hotel, Ulsan, Korea

Lotte City Hotel

Lotte City Hotel is one of the best hotels in Ulsan and situated in a great spot if you want to see the sights. The river is less than two kilometers away from the bamboo forest and near the station so best of both worlds for those traveling to the area. Book a stay here on Booking.com or on Agoda.com

Bamboo is an amazing renewable resource that is not only beautiful in forests, but is also amazing as products including fabric. Did you know bamboo can be used to produce an amazing high quality fabric that helps with ventilation and is 40% more absorbent than the finest organic cotton? Check out the amazing baby clothes and products that Raph&Remy is making right now. It’s truly amazing to see what people can make with this amazing plant.

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The forest at night with the lights is actually pretty amazing and I was surprised it wasn’t mentioned. Also the haunted forest that they put on every year is pretty cool too

Hallie Bradley

I haven’t stayed into the evening. Will have to go back later in the day it sounds like. ^^

NIce write up! I’ve lived in Gyeongju for 11 years and haven’t been to this yet, so I’ll put it on my list! Thanks for the heads up!

Oh I hope you can go! I didn’t get to see the autumn flowers there, but they sound stunning. Hope you can see them!

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