Photo: Daewangam Rock
There are cities and regions with distinctive characteristics all throughout the Korean peninsula. Among the group, Ulsan, a city located at the south-east end of Korea, is described to be one of the most beautiful coastal regions, as well as strong in building heavy-duty industrial goods, where the related businesses have flourished. Their advanced technology is highly regarded not only in the domestic sector but also internationally, making the city and its citizens fall in the high-income bracket.
Putting the industrial business aside, Ulsan is better known for its natural beauty and abundant tourist resources for general audiences. More interestingly, its warm climate and three major ports (Ulsan Port, Onsan Port and Bangeojin Port) gave Ulsan the ability to perform as the hub of Korean shipbuilding and a major trade gate for East Asia. Therefore, visitors to Ulsan can learn all about Korea’s past and the city that brought the nation much economic development, as well as enjoy blue oceans, beautiful landscapes, and historical attractions scattered along its coastline. Continue reading for an in-depth look into Ulsan City Tour courses!
Hyundai Motor Company's plant in Ulsan is the world's largest automobile manufacturing site. Hyundai entered the car manufacturing industry in 1968 by partnering with Ford Motor Company to produce Britain's popular family car, the Cortina. Since launching its first Korean model, the Pony, in 1975, Hyundai has developed into a leading global auto manufacturer.
Daewangam Park has a beautiful walking trail along a coastal cliff. The rock island off the coast can be reached by an iron bridge. There is a legend that King Munmu of the Silla Kingdom was buried under the island to guard the kingdom even after his death. The park's fantastic rock outcroppings and an estimated 15,000 pine trees over 100 years old provide a refreshing place to relax.
The Whale Museum is located in Jangsaengpo, which was previously a whaling outpost. The museum provides a range of information on whales, serving as an important venue for ocean ecology programs. The museum is housed in a three-story building and features a Children's Experience Hall, Whaling History Hall, and Whale Cross-Section Hall. A whaling boat is also on display outdoors. After touring the whale museum, visit the Whale Experience Hall for an opportunity to see live dolphins up close.
Photo: Birds-eye view of Ulsan Petroglyph Museum resembling the shape of a whale (left) / Inside view of the museum (right)
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 exhibition hall presents models for the petroglyphs of Bangudae and Cheonjeon-ri (National Treasure No. 147), video facilities for petroglyphs, photos and replicas of objects used in daily life by people during the prehistoric age, a children’s hall, and family experience facilities. Visitors can also take a look at models of petroglyphs famous from Korea and overseas in an outdoor space.
Oegosan Onggi Village is a top traditional folk onggi (pottery) village in Korea and showcases the conventional pottery manufacturing process. With pottery in every corner, and vast lines of pots standing one after the other, visitors can experience the peaceful atmosphere of an ancient village. Visitors can also partake in pottery classes and find recreations of earthenware from the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C.E.-935 C.E.).
Ganjeolgot Cape's name comes from its resemblance to a long, pointed ganjitdae (bamboo pole) when seen from far out at sea. With its location on the east coast, it provides one of the first views of the sunrise in Korea. Nearby attractions include a sculpture park featuring the New Millennium Monument, Jinha Beach, and Seosaengpo Waeseong Fortress.
* This column was last updated in October 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on October 16, 2015>