An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan

I’m not going to ramble on forever about Ulsan because, to be honest, if you are on a tight schedule you can leave it out of your trip to South Korea. However, I lived here for over a year and thoroughly enjoyed my time and do believe that it is a city that deserves more credit than it gets. Situated between Gyeongju and Busan you might as well stop over for a couple of days.

 

When looking up what to do in Ulsan you will run into a big problem.  For some reason Koreans seem to market random parts of Ulsan as being amazing that are honestly very vanilla. So here is an honest list of places that are worth visiting in this city:


1. Ulsan Grand Park

Ulsan Grand Park is situated in the middle of Ulsan and is the largest park in Korea.  If it seems to big to walk, you can rent tandem bikes for and ride around. The park has ponds and flowers and can make for a nice picnic area.

An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan


2. Taehwa Park

Sometimes I think Ulsan Grand Park gets all the glory. Taehwa Park is not as big as Ulsan Grand Park but it is exceptionally more beautiful. It seems like Taewha Park is constantly in bloom with fields of flowers painting the park.

Another draw to Taehwa is the bamboo forest. If you want to fully embrace being in Korea- you have to rent a segway and cruise around with a helmet and elbow pads- trust me no one will even look twice.

Check out my slideshow for a glimpse into this beautiful park.

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3. Old Downtown

To be honest, the actual downtown (samsandong) of Ulsan doesn’t have much to offer. Where you want to head is to the old downtown (Seongnamdong). This area where a lot of young people hang out-the main street is literally called ‘Young Street’.

Old Downtown has a way cooler vibe and more charm than Ulsan’s actual downtown and  it is has more affordable shopping. You will also find some foreign restaurants and bars here.

 An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan


4. University Area/Mugeo-dong 

Tucked away and across the street from the university is a fun cluster of side streets. This is another place in Ulsan where young people hang out- and where there are young people there are cheap things. The side streets are lined with cheap restaurants and cute coffee shops.

An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan


5. Tongdosa Temple

I love this temple- I think it eitherhas to do with the rolling hills behind it or the beautiful walk up to it. It is easy to walk to from Tongdosa bus terminal (technically Tongdosa is a different city from Ulsan). If you are there around 6pm you can hear the beautiful drum ceremony.  (Bus 1723)


6.  Paereso Falls

It is hard for me to praise this waterfall- being from Canada and having travelled to countries such as Costa Rica. But for a Korean waterfall it’s pretty nice. It is a hike/walk out there (and quite a long bus ride to what seems like the middle of nowhere) but is a cool area.

Bonus! If you are lucky you will come across a rock hard…penis. Yes, a penis. Don’t ask me why but there is in fact a stone statue of a penis in the area before the hike begins.

How to Get Here:

Take a Eonyang – you can take bus 1703/1713/1723 to the bus terminal. Outside of the bus terminal you can then take bus 328 to the falls.


7.  Take a Hike- at Sinbulsan or Gagisan

Gagisan is the highest peak in Ulsan, I did this hike durig the autumn with some Korean friends and absolutely loved it. However, my friends that did this hike without Korean guides- or a car to drive them- have bitter thoughts towards this treacherous hike. If you would like a hike that doesn’t last seven hours then Sinbulsan is a better option. If you hike down the back side of Sinbulsan you can also reach Paraeso Falls.

Korean hikers are very friendly so don’t be surprised if they try to start a conversation with you (completely in Korean) or offer you snacks or soju. When I went on a hike alone on Sinbulsan I got a snickers bar, red-bean bar, banana and a glass of soju all from kind Koreans.

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Korean hikers are very friendly so don’t be surprised if they try to start a conversation with you (completely in Korean) or offer you snacks or soju. When I went on a hike alone on Sinbulsan I got a snickers bar, red-bean bar, banana and a glass of soju all from kind Koreans.

To get to Sinbulsan: Take the a bus to the Eonyang bus terminal  (703/1713/1723). Outside of the bus terminal you can then take bus 304 to the last stop.

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If you are lucky you will see the dog at the top with the drawn on eyebrows. I never thought this this was something I would ever come across in my lifetime. This dog is worth the hike in itself.


8.  Seoknamsa Temple 

Of course we are in Korea so I can’t just mention one temple per city. Seoknomsa Temple is the most popular temple to visit in Ulsan and is located just at the bottom of Mount Gagi San (Bus 1713).

There is a cute little shop here too that sells beautiful bracelets and candles.


9.  Daewangam Park

Daewangam means dragon in Korea- and the park is given this name because of the large rock island that looks like a dragon. You can reach this island by taking a beautiful and scenic walk across the bridge connecting it to the pine forest. The pine forest is maybe not the best name for this area-it’s really more like a coastline stroll through some  pine trees.

The park is also right next to the ocean so you can also spend time at Ilsan beach.

 An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan

An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan


10.  Jinha Beach

This is an absolutely beautiful beach and  a lot less crowded than most. It is quite out of the way (Ulsan is extremely spread out) but you can camp here for free if you have a tent with you.

One of my best days in Korea was here when some Koreans randomly offered to take us out on their seadoos and then later attached a banana boat to the end of one of them and drove us around wildly on it. I think usually you have to pay for this- but it would be totally worth it!

An Honest List of Things Worth Seeing in Ulsan

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