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Ulsan
1. Introduction 2. Tourist Information
3. Tourist Attractions 4. Transportation
5. Food 6.Accommodations
[Introduction]
Until the early 1960s, the city of Ulsan was a fishing port and agricultural center. However, as the Ulsan Industrial District began to build up in 1962, it emerged as an industrial center of Korea. The city became home to major industrial plants and factories, which include oil refineries, chemical plants, and the multinational Hyundai Corporation’s ship building and automobile production factories. Ulsan is well positioned for the transportation of people and materials. Situated on the coast of the East Sea, it is equipped with advanced port facilities and convenient railway, highway and airport systems. The Industrial District currently consists of Ulsan Mipo National Industrial Complex and Onsan National Industrial Complex. Ulsan Mipo National Industrial Complex, located in the downtown area, mainly produces automobiles, ships, and oil and chemical products while Onsan National Industrial Complex on the outskirts of the city is home to oil refineries, chemical plants, machinery, and metal factories. Ulsan’s famous tourist attractions include Ulgi Park, Jeongja Beach and Ganjeolgot Cape. At Ulgi Park, a white lighthouse and interesting shapes of seaside rocks present a splendid view to visitors.
-Annual Average Temperature : 13
-Average Temperature in January : 1.3
-Average Temperature in August : 25.5
-Annual Rainfall : 1214.8㎜
-Population : 1,063,367 (2002, estimate)
-Area : 1056.4㎢
[Tourist Attractions]
>> Ulgi Park
>> Hyundai Heavy Industries
[Ulsan City Tour]
>> Click here for more information on Ulsan City Tour
[Food]
Ulsan is famous for whale meat that is known to be a real cuisine with 12 different tastes. However, those trying whale meat for the first time should know that the meat has its unique smell, which some people find unpleasant. Ulsan has a long and rich history with whales. This is evident by the famous Bangudae petroglyphs in Daegok-ri, Ulju-gun, which were created over hundreds of years from about 6,000 B.C to 1,000 B.C. They consist of numerous figures carved into rock face, such as whales and people whaling. Click here to see images of the Petroglyphs! As whale hunting is banned in Ulsan these days, only whales accidentally ensnared in a fisherman’ s nets can be served in restaurants. There are several whale meat restaurants near Jangsaengpo Port.
Ulsan is also famous for sliced raw fish. As the city is close to the East Sea, it always has an abundant supply of fresh fish. Famous raw fish restaurants and western food restaurants are located near Jeongja Beach. As many snow crabs are also caught here, nearby restaurants are crowded with people in the snow crab season.

In the downtown area, many restaurants can be found near the bustling Ulsan Express Bus Terminal and Seongnam-dong that is about 15 minutes away from Ulsan railway station by taxi. The bus terminal has in its vicinity Lotte Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, Lotte Hotel and many other motels. You can also find Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Western and fast food restaurants around the bus terminal. Seongnam-dong, which used to be the heart of Ulsan before the rise of the bus terminal area, also features diverse kinds of restaurants and theaters.
* Best Restaurants in Ulsan Recommended by Korea National Tourism Organization
Ijo Hanjeongsik (Korean Food)
Yewon (Korean Food)
Jade (Western Food)
[Accommodations]
• Lotte Hotel (Five star)
Tel: +82-52-960-1000 (English, Japanese) / FAX: +82-52-960-4334~5
Website: www.lottehotel.co.kr (English)
E-mail: http://www.lottehotel.co.kr/english/grand/customer/consult.jsp (English)

• Hyundai Hotel (Five star)
Tel: +82-52-251-2233 (English, Japanese) / Fax: +82-52-232-7170
Website: http://www.hyundaihotel.com/ulsan_en/ (English)
E-mail: hotelhdgj@ehyundai.com (English)




• Olympia Tourist Hotel (Three star)
Tel: +82-52-271-8401(English, Japanese) / Fax: +82-52-271-8410

Located in Samsan-dong where you can find Lotte Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, intercity bus terminal and express bus terminal, a newly emerging center of Ulsan, Lotte Hotel is very convenient for shopping and transportation. In addition to deluxe hotels, Samsan-dong also has many motels. Hyundai Hotel, which is located on the beachside near Hyundai Heavy Industries, is frequented by business travelers. Areas near Jeongja Beach are also populated with many motels. Ulsan has a wide array of hotels and motels you can choose from. Tourists can get information on their accommodations at the nearest tourist information booth.
[Tourist Information]
• Ulsan Tourist Information Complex
Location: Inside the plaza of Ulsan railway station
Tel: +82-52-229-6350 (English, Chinese, Japanese)/ 258-8830 (English, Chinese, Japanese)
Hours: 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Language: English, Chinese, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks, PCs for information search
• Ulsan Airport Tourist Information Booth
Location: On the first floor of the airport
Tel: +82-52-229-6351 (English, Japanese)
Hours: 8:00 am ~ 9:00 pm
Language: English, Chinese, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks, PCs for information search
• Ulsan Railway Station Tourist Information Booth
Location: At the waiting room of the railway station
Tel: +82-52-229-6352 (English, Japanese)
Hours: 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Language: English, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks, PCs for information search
• Ulsan Express Bus Terminal Tourist Information Booth
Location: At the waiting room of the express bus station
Tel: +82-52-229-6350 (English, Japanese)
Hours: 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Language: English, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks, PCs for information search, sale of souvenirs
• Munsu Football Stadium Tourist Information Center
Location: Near the south ticket booth at the stadium
Tel: +82-52-223-2417 (English, Chinese, Japanese)
Hours: 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Language: English, Chinese, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks, PCs for information search
• Munsu Football Stadium’s Exhibition Hall Tourist Information Booth
Location: In the exhibition hall of the Munsu football stadium
Tel: +82-52-220-2061 (English, Chinese, Japanese)
Hours: 9:00 am ~ 6:00 pm
Language: English, Japanese
Services: Maps, guidebooks
[Transportation]

When coming from Seoul to Ulsan, it is more convenient to take express buses and airplanes rather than trains. There are only three direct trains a day from Seoul to Ulsan. Saemaeul train, departing from Seoul railway station at 7:40 am and 5:40 pm, taking about five hours and ten minutes to Ulsan. Mugunghwa train departs at 10:37 pm, taking about six hours. Express buses between Seoul and Ulsan run more often. At Seoul Gangnam Express Bus Terminal, buses to Ulsan run every 15 to 20 minutes from 6:30 am to 12:30 am. Express buses take about five hours. There are also about 16 flights from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. Flight schedules slightly vary on Sundays and Mondays. Flights between Seoul and Ulsan take about 55 minutes.

As of March 2005, express bus fares from Seoul to Ulsan range from 19,100 to 31,400 won. For trains, Saemaeul train costs 36,900 won while Mugunghwa 24,900 won. Airline economy tickets cost approximately 61,900 won from Monday to Thursday and approximately 70,900 won from Friday to Sunday.

Ulsan is far closer to Busan than to Seoul. Regular intercity buses from Busan to Ulsan run every 10 minute from 5:40 am to 10:00 pm at Busan Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal. Overnight intercity buses run every 30 minute from 10:20 pm to 2:00 am. Intercity buses take about one hour. Regular intercity bus costs 3,200 won as of March 2005.
[Transportation Information in Detail]
• Air
>> Click here for flight schedules
>> Click here for more info on Ulsan airport

• Train
>> Click here for more info on train travel in Korea and main routes

• Express Bus
>> Click here for more info on express buses
[Transportation within the City]
It takes only about 15 minutes from Ulsan Airport to the city’s downtown by taxi. City bus No. 1402 also provides the quickest ride to the downtown, taking about 20 minutes. However, bus No. 432 and 732 take about 30 to 40 minutes as they do take a direct route. Ulsan Express Bus Terminal is right next to Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal while Ulsan Train Station is 15 minutes walk from them. Bus terminals and train stations where the tour of Ulsan begins are only two bus stops apart.

You can use public transportation at express bus terminals or train stations to get to major tourist attractions. There is a bus at Ulsan Train Station that directly goes to Daewangam Park (40-min. ride). Tourist information centers inside and in front of the train station provide detailed information about the trip. To go to Jeongja Beach, you have to take a bus to Hyomun Sageori (intersection) and get off to transfer to a bus No. 411 (one-hour ride). There are many buses connecting to Hyomun Sageori (intersection). Detailed information can be provided by the nearest tourist information center. Ganjeolgot Cape which is famous for the first sunrise in East Asia can be also reached by bus. The best way to get there is to take a intercity bus to Haeundae beach in Busan at Ulsan intercity bus terminal.

* For more information on Ulsan, click here to visit Ulsan Metropolitan City website!
Date   07/11/2008



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