10 Things to Do in Ulsan That You Shouldn't Miss

December 18, 2017 Layne Dawes

Ulsan (Korean pronunciation: [ul.s͈an]), officially the Ulsan Metropolitan City, is South Korea's seventh-largest metropolis 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.
Restaurants in Ulsan

1. Daewangam Park

Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea +82 62-650-5000
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Daewangam Park

Reviewed By LASeoulGuy - Seoul, South Korea

This is a wonderful park in the Dong-gu area of Ulsan. You walk along a 1-km trail. You'll pass pine trees, cherry blossoms, and magnolias. One you get there, you'll see Ulgi Lighthouse. But the best part is when you walk down from the lighthouse to Daewangam Island, which is a rock island connected to an iron bridge. You can get great shots of the bridge and ocean. This place is popular to the locals and understandably so!

2. Ulsan Grand Park

94 Daegongwon-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44660, South Korea +82 52-271-8816
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Ulsan Grand Park

Reviewed By Julian77UK - Ulsan, South Korea

Huge beautiful green area to walk around, bikes for rent, snacks and soft drinks available, flowers are everywhere, domestic animals zoo, indoor garden with butterflies, slide rollers, indoor artificial wave pool, name it and you will find it there.

3. Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove

Nam-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove

Reviewed By MichaelFil - New York City, New York

This is a lovely walking area. The bamboo forest is one of two in the area, near Taehwa River. If you're walking in the spring or summer, note that there are quite a few mosquitos in the area and possibly poor air quality. I would suggest getting a face mask from CU or GS25, the ubiquitous convenience stores near the river.

4. Taehwa River Grand Park

Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Taehwa River Grand Park

Reviewed By JTeale - Ulsan, South Korea

This is a great place to visit in Ulsan. It hosts a variety of events that can entertain yourself or the entire family. The flowers are out and it makes for a great place for a picnic. The surrounding shops offer some decent eats and a lot of coffee.

5. Ganjeolgot

Daesong-ri, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea +82 52-229-7000
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Ganjeolgot

Reviewed By JTeale - Ulsan, South Korea

A decent place to go for an afternoon walk or a sunrise destination on New year's day. In recent years, there have been many attempts to make this a go-to place for tourism. It's a little out of the way and a long way from the core of Ulsan. It's attractions suffer a bit because there is not really a huge attraction to pull tourists away from the closer more accessible locations like Ilsan beach or even Jeongja.

6. Jangsaengpo Whale Museum

244, Jangsaengpo Goraero, Nam-gu, Ulsan, South Korea +82 52-256-6301
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Jangsaengpo Whale Museum

Reviewed By Scalfern57 - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Easily accessible
Very educational especially for children
Exhibits show full skeletons of whales. Also exhibited are photos and videos of whales in real life - also shows how whales were hunted and processed for meat,oil and whalebone
There is a dolphin pool - did not stay long enough to see whether there was a show but the gallery was full of people waiting for
Tickets cover two buildings and reasonably prced (7 dollars each)
Ample restaurants available in case one gets hungry
Lots of parking available - try to go earlier rather than later (~10 am)
Difficult to get a taxi to go back (unless one of the shopkeepers obliges - limited Engilsh spoken in this area)
Better to visit this museum with a local person or one who speaks Korean

7. Boksoondoga

48, Hyangsandong-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulsan 44903, South Korea +82 10-4870-0244
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 13 reviews

Boksoondoga

Reviewed By Sean J - Vienna, Austria

I came here with my girlfriend, as I had heard about Boksoondoga at the Milano Expo for food in 2015. There is a nice showroom to purchase all sorts of merchandise besides the ricewine Makgeoll and the owner gave us a tour around the fermentation chamber as well as the rice fields that produce organic rice under strict guidlines.
It is definitely worth a visit for people who have never been to an organic Korean rice winery. It is recommended to come by car.

8. Seoknamsa Temple

1064, Deokhyeon-riSangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan 689-823, South Korea +82 52-264-8900
Excellent
44%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Seoknamsa Temple

Reviewed By weregypsies - Beijing, China

A very nice place to get away from the city rush! I've been in all seasons but my favorite is the fall with the turning leaves.

9. Ilsan Beach

993, Ilsan-dong, Dong-gu, Ulsan, South Korea +82 52-209-3475
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Ilsan Beach

Reviewed By Stephen S - Gloucester, United Kingdom

This beach is the best by far. I have travelled to numerous Beaches up and down from Ulsan and non beat this. A wide sandy bay with lots of restaurant and bars. Good for the Children to play safe. Walk up the steps to Daewargam park.

10. Ulsan Museum

277 Duwang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan 44668, South Korea +82 52-222-8501
Excellent
33%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Ulsan Museum

Reviewed By JTeale - Ulsan, South Korea

After visiting the Ulsan Whale Museum, I did not have my hopes up for the Ulsan Museum. I mean really, how much history could Ulsan really have? Well, it turns out that it has a lot and the museum also hosts exhibits from other countries as well turning what could have been a huge waste of money into an elegant modern museum that is worth going to!
The museum is located next to the main gates of Ulsan Grand Park. It is just a little bit up the road from Gonguptap Rotary and is quite easy to get to by bus. This is a huge advantage over the other tourist sites around Ulsan that seem to be placed in the middle of nowhere.
The museum has a permanent history of Ulsan exhibit on the 2nd floor and the special Exhibitions are located on the 1st floor and turn the left as you walk in. The history of Ulsan exhibit is free of charge and extremely laid out. The special exhibits cost around 3,000 to 5, 000 won, depending on the exhibit.
The History of Ulsan is chronologically laid out so that you start in the prehistoric time and work your way through the Japanese occupation to the industrial age of Ulsan. The pieces are beautiful and well displayed. There is also a lot of things to do for children along with an "experience center" for kids on the first floor.
They finished the museum off with a Bistro/cafe which is nice but located at the back/side of museum, so I am not sure how long it will be located there as the location does not seem to suit it. However, you can get a nice cup of coffee and something to eat there.
All in all this is an impressive facility for Ulsan and one that I will happily return to when they have some great exhibits from around the world.

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