Although Ulsan is more popular for its history of whale-hunting and several petrochemical plants, car manufacturing units and one of the largest shipbuilding facilities in the world surrounding the city, this city still has plenty of great things to offer travelers. Some of the best things to do and visit in Ulsan are Ulsan Grand Park, Daewangam Park, Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, Taehwa River Grand Park, Ulsan Museum, Paraeso Falls, Ganjeolgot Cape, Bangudae Cliff, Seoknamsa Temple and Hongryu Falls In Sinbulsan Mountain. The city offers a great walk around the lakes and some interesting attractions.The city is beautiful in terms of its rich natural history, diverse culture, mouth-watering cuisine, stunning coastline, beautiful Alps, an effervescent river and a number of other exploratory sites. You can also visit its beautiful churches and cathedrals which are quite interesting. Make sure to visit Ulsan during the spring-time when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
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What to Do in and around Ulsan
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Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This park is located right at the center of Ulsan city. The Taehwagang River cut across the park and flow into Ulsan Bay. The river basin that stretches for 36 kilometers from the east to west and 28 kilometers from north to south is mostly covered with mountains and forest. However, both the side of the river has fertile land. This river has presently become the essential source of drinking water for the Ulsan’s citizens.
Taehwagang Simnidaebat is an extensive bamboo fields the covers the areas that lie between Taehwa Bridge and Samho Bridge. This field lies along the river. In spring, the land along the river gets covered by colorful flowers. This land has been turned into a park, called Taehwa River Grand Park. You get to see species like poppies, cornflowers and golden coreopsis in the garden. Every year, festivals like Taehwagang water festival and National swimming tournament were held in this park.
It is the largest producer of onggi (earthenware) in Korea. The village was basically formed by the artisans and craftsmen who are expert in making potters. Their primary aim was to preserve the traditional process of making Onggi. Taking a tour around the village will show that it has extensive collection earthen products. The whole village is being decorated with such products giving the village an ‘earthy look. For visitors, exclusive facilities are being provided where they can learn the earthen pot making process (if they wish to).
The village has attractions like Onggi Cultural center (display history and culture of ‘onggi’ products), village information center having history hall, multimedia room, seminar room; Onggi academy for conducting learning programs and so on. Since the year 2000, the village has been conducting Oegosan Onggi festival where tourists from all over the world come here to see Onggi craft. You can also see a 2 meters high Onggi pottery that was crafted in the year 2011 and got its recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records in the same year.
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146-1, Ok-dong, Nam-ku, Ulsan Metropolitan City
05:00 am - 11:00 pm
It is the largest urban park in South Korea, located in Ulsan Metropolitan City. It is a high-quality green space created to improve the lifestyle of Ulsan’s people. This park is around 4km long and 500m wide that includes features like walking trail, a natural learning center, a zoo, butterfly garden, botanical garden, bicycle safety zone, fountains, small lakes, winter sliding hill, war memorial, outdoor waterpark, a swimming pool, small lakes and so on.
While entering the garden, you will come across three gates. Along any of the gates, you will come across a bicycle rent shop, convenience store and a tram shop. Taking a tour of the entire park will at least take you half a day. So, you can consider this spot as one of the weekend spot to spend time with family.
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Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan Bangeo-dong
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Originally named as Ulki Park, Daewangam park is located on the east coast of Ulsan, along Daewangam rock. Previously, it happens to be the ‘vestige’ of Japanese colonialism. Later in October,2004, the island was renamed as Daewangam. Reaching to this park is quite easily as it is just walking distance away from Ilsan beach. The name ‘Daewangam’ means a “great king’s rock”. The historical fact behind this name says a queen of the ancient country Shilla was buried under Daewangam while praying for the protection of the country. It is said she eventually turned into a dragon, protecting the country. This historical fact is often used as education information for children. Beside this, the location of this park also plays a major role in attracting tourists from all over the world. While reaching to this park, you need to trek for 1 km, passing through the forest of pine trees, cherry trees, magnolias, camellias, apricots and forsythia. This journey is quite adventurous. Once you reach the park, you will fall in love with the cooling sight of East Sea that you get from the coast of this park. Don’t forget to see the Ulgi lighthouse that appears in the distant like a guiding light in the east area.
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244 Goraero, Jangsaenggo, Nam-gu, Ulsan,South Korea
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
Jangsaengpo whale museum is the first and only whale museum located in Jangsaengpo, Nam-gu, Ulsan in South Korea. Previously, it was the central area for Korean whaling industry. Later on, this open space are has been transformed into an historical museum where you can learn everything about whales. The museum also displays the whaling artifacts that were banned in 1986. Beside this, you can experience different fields like Whale Belly Road or the Underwater Adventure zone. In the exhibition center, you can see things like Bryde’s whale skeleton, a killer whale skeleton, gray whale corner, whaling ships, whale aquarium called Jangsaengpo whale life experience museum and so on.
In Jangsaengpo whale life experience museum, you can see various fishes of both fresh and salt water, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and so on. A 4D zone theater and a hands-on zoo are there, especially for children. Taking an entire tour around the museum will take at least 3 hours.
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277 Duwang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Located in Nam-gu of Ulsan, this historical museum can help you to learn fine details about the Ulsan city. The archive of Ulsan museum holds facts from past, present and future of the city. It includes a historical hall displaying an overall picture of the city from prehistoric times, an industry hall displaying Ulsan’s emergence as the industrial capital of South Korea and a children’s hall for educational programs. It is an eco-friendly museum displays various feature of the city to make visitors understand the city’s identity. As a whole, you can say that the museum has everything to make it recognize as the best.
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Icheon-ri, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan,South Korea
12:01 am - 12:00 am
While moving towards the south from Seoknamsa Temple, you will find one of the 12 scenic sights of Ulsan, known as Paraeso falls. The rugged road and the trees had actually covered the falls. But when you reach the spot, you actually feel that your pain has not gone into waste. One glance at the falls convinces you, that Paraeso falls is the most beautiful falls of Ulsan. In fact, when you start your journey from the bus stop, the entire journey through the forest is something to look forward to.
If you are planning to see this falls, it’s better to visit during autumn or winter. During these seasons, the surroundings are covered with green.
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Daesong-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun,Ulsan, South Korea
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Ganjeolgat cape is located within the park named Ganjeolgot. Within recent few years, it has become one of the popular tourist destination located in Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju county, Ulsan. This park becomes overcrowded on New Year even as people from all over Ulsan comes up to celebrate Ulsan Ganjeolgot Sunrise festival. It is said that Ganjeolgot cape sees the first sunrise in the entire Korean peninsula.Within the park many places are being made to sit and enjoy the surrounding. Beside this, there is a lighthouse, located 20 minutes away from the entrance. The park also has the famous giant mailbox. Heading towards the shoreline will give you a better view of the ocean and the windmill. Make sure you check out the other lighthouses as well.
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San 234-1, Daegok-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
If you are looking for an ideal spot to enjoy serene beauty of Ulsan, come to Bangudae. The name Bangudae has been given because of the shape of the cliff that looks like a turtle lying on the ground with its head down. Bangudae cliff has been a popular tourist location of Ulsan for a very long time and has been designated as the Korea’s National Treasure no 285. It is because of the prehistoric rock painting, traces of early human life and the ancestral tablet that has been found on the cliff. Tourists from all over the world come here to see such historical remaining.
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557, Seongnam-ro, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
This temple is located at the south of Gajisan or Seokansan. It is believed that the name of the temple had been decided based on its location. It was first built in 842BC. However, it was destroyed during the invasion of Japanese troop in the year 1592 – 1958. Later on, in 1674 the temple was rebuilt during the reign of King Hyeongjong’s reign. At present, the temple has become the home for Buddhist nuns.
Among the attractions, the temple has Seongnamsa three story pagoda. It was built by Monk Doui and the pillar reflects his wish for protecting the country. Beside this, you get to see the Statue of Monk Doui (National Treasure no. 369), three-story Sarira Pagoda and Stone Water Tank.
The temple organizers offer hiking courses. They are:-
Hiking from Seoknamsa parking lot – Ssal rock – Gajisan mountain- Eoksan Mountain – Daebisa temple – Unmunsa Temple – parking lot ( 20kms, 12hour, 1 day course).
Nammyeong-ri-Unmunsa mountain-Araejae-Gajisan mountain-Ssal rock-Seoknamsa parking lot (16km, takes 10hour, 1 night course).
Seoknamsa parking lot – Seoknamgogae-top of the mountain- Ssal rock-Seoknamsa temple-parking lot (10km, takes 4hour 30 minutes).
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Deukeok-ri, Sangbuk – myeon, Ulju-Gun, Ulsan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Sinbulsan Mountain is located near to Ganwolsan Mountain, by the county of Ulju-gun. These mountain stretches around the village named, Eonyang and form cliffs with roughly-shaped rocks, towards the east. While moving towards the down, you come across the site of a beautiful falls, known as Hongryu falls. Once you reach there, the first glance of the falls will tell you that it is one of the beautiful sights of Ulsan. The height of this waterfall is said to be 33 meters and as it falls it gets scattered like a rainbow in the month of spring. In winter, icicles forms on the cliff and falling water gets piled up at the bottom, like snow.
The entire journey to reach at the cliff of the mountain towards the down requires lot of trekking.
It is basically a stone fortress, built under the leadership of Japanese General Kato Kiyomasa in the later part of 15th century, at the beginning of Imjinwaeran war. By hearing the term ‘fortress’, do not confuse its appearance like that of other fortress of Korea. Rather, this fortress looks absolutely different. It has a rectangular shape with 6meters high walls surrounding it. The main fortress is located at the top of the mountain. The second one is located halfway down the mountain and the third one is at the bottom. When you enter that place, you won’t find any gate or ticket center or any such sort of. The only point when you will know you have reached the place is when you locate the map of Korea and a couple of bathrooms at the ‘entrance’ point of the fort. However, it is best to visit the fort during spring as you can see beautiful flowers surrounding the place.
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700, Yangjeong-dong, Buk-gu, Ulsan-si
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
It is the largest auto manufacturing facility in the world. There are nearly 5 production lines on a 20 km by 20km area of the plant. Among all the production lines, the assembly line is open to the public. When you go for visiting the plant, the first place you will visit is the Hyundai Motor Company Car Gallery. Here you get to see old Hyundai car modes and its parts. You get see car models that were never produced and also the limited editions. On the assembly line, you can see the production process of Hyundai’s most popular cars, lifted from one place to another and the workers installing more than 20,000 parts together within few minutes. This entire manufacturing process is awe inspiring for visitors. The primary attraction of this plant if the export shipping dock.
To enjoy a tour to this plant, you need to make reservation in online. There is tour course like –
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1000, Bangeojinsunhwan-doro, Dong-gu, Ulsan
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
Hyundai Mipo Dockyard holds 5th position in the list of ship builders around the world. It was established by Hyundai heavy industries in 1975. The Hyundai heavy industries started its shipbuilding business from the year 1972 and slowly became one of the greatest shipbuilding companies in the world. With the passing time, Hyundai heavy industries started contributing in national economic growth. At present, it has become the world’s greatest complex corporations by making contributions in industries like marine, plant, machine, electrical machinery and appliances and so on. It has been estimated that Hyundai Mipo Dockyard delivers around 70 new ships in every year. People visit this dockyard to see how part of ships are being lifted and exported to other countries.
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15, Byeongyeong 12-gil, Jung-gu, Ulsan
09:00 am - 11:59 pm
Oesol Memorial Hall is the birthplace of famous Korean language scholar, Choi Hyeon-bae. He was popularly known as Oesol. He lead ‘Hangeul Matchumbeop Tongiran’ (the Proposal for Unified Hangeul Orthography) and wrote many books to promote Hangeul. His contribution through his work actually helped in making a significant establishment of Hangeul culture.
At present, the memorial hall has an exhibition hall, an experience hall, a Hangeul (Korean language) classroom and a multipurpose auditorium. The hall holds collection of items belonging to the scholar. You don’t need to pay any entry fee to take a tour around the hall.