"Industrial Center of Korea" Top 5 Page for this destination Ulsan by DSwede

Ulsan Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 62 photos

There's not much to say about Ulsan. Its a busy port and has lots of large industry. Along with those businesses, there is a regular stream of foreigners coming for work. And a handful of ex-pats live locally teaching English to school children and corporations.

Ulsan is the industrial capital of Korea. It is home of the largest manufacturing industries on the peninsula. Even though it is approximately the 10th largest city in Korea, it has the highest density of engineers, managers and business men. What that translates to is the second highest cost of living and average income in Korea, coming second to Seoul.

There is also a large university campus which is home to a large young population. All in all, Ulsan is just under 2 million people, so as you can imagine, there is plenty of chaos in the streets.

On the west side of the city, near the University is Munsu Stadium, one of the fields used when Japan & Korea hosted the World Cup in 2002.

There are a few historic locations nearby that are worthy of a visit, like Kyongju, Girimsa, Bulguksa and the east coast. Foreigners might not make the sole journey to go see them from their homelands, but they are famous for Koreans.

For some more general thoughts, please visit my S Korea page.

(for more pictures, feel free to visit my S Korea Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:With the infuence of Hyundai, it has the most parks of any Korean city and 2nd most cultural shows behind Seoul.
  • Cons:Not too many sites to see for tourists.
  • In a nutshell:An industrial city frequented by business travelers and English teachers.
  • Intro Updated Apr 6, 2011
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  • mizzzthanggg's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    looks like a nice and easy place to live! :)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    It surely is a country that progresses and has style and class to boot. The admiration for what they have been through and now prevail is hard to imagine. YOur depictionis great of this city.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Just the other day we were talking about the World Cup in 2002 which was jointly hosted by Japan and Korea, but nobody could remember where exactly the venues were. So here's one, in any case.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    A very well written guide to life in Ulsan, including excellent Restaurant tips for the unknowing traveller! Thanks for taking me back 28 years, when I visited Ulsan from Port Moresby to witness transformer tests at the Hyundai plant.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Detailed thorough page of Ulsan. Excellent guide for anyone visiting here. SL :)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Nice tips on Korea! Amazing you're living there - I've always wanted to visit that country so I am seeing it through your eyes...thanks for sharing!

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    great tips and info.but i think japan has nicer temples and shrines:-)

  • edachsund's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    So basically, u were working in Ulsan now? read and heard it is an excellent place to visit.... btw. have a good day from KUL.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Nice page Dave, but what is a "PC-Bong"? Give me a shout if you ever happen to be passing thro' the UK - I have a pub full of beer!! Cheers, John.

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