Ulsan is Korea’s smallest metropolitan city with a population of 1.2 million people. The city is located in the southeast corner of the Korean peninsula, right next to Busan on the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). Due to its southern coastal location, Ulsan residents get to enjoy mild winters and beautiful weather in the spring, summer and fall.

Living and Working in Ulsan

A Quick Look

Traditionally, Ulsan’s been recognized as an industrial port city. Car and auto parts manufactures dot the inland industrial areas of the city while ship building companies line the coastal region. The world’s largest cargo ship manufacturers are located in Ulsan. Although part of the city is home to large industrial facilities, city planners created a green belt which divides the metropolitan core, industrial spaces and agricultural areas.

More recently Ulsan has made major steps to modernize its image as a cultural city and country wide tourist destination; most notably for Gangdong Seashore, a large beach lined with smooth black ball shaped pebbles.

Cost of living in Ulsan

Living in Ulsan is moderately cheaper than some of Korea’s other metropolitan cities.

Foreigners in Ulsan

Ulsan has a dynamic foreign community for its size. It's home to thousands of foreigners, including; western English teachers, engineers, consultants and general laborers.

Transportation in Ulsan

Ulsan has a number of highly developed transportation systems. They currently have an elaborate bus network, countless taxis, train routes to every major destination in Korea and a national airport which provides cheap flights into Incheon and Jeju. They are currently building a light-rail system as well which is set for completion in the near future.

Ulsan Entertainment

Ulsan is a metropolitan city with lots of entertainment options including; professional sports teams, movie theatres, modern sports complexes, lots of cafes and restaurants, karaoke rooms and numerous festivals and events throughout the year.

Shopping in Ulsan

Like all major urban areas in Korea Ulsan is filled with numerous markets, department stores and retail chains.

Ulsan Nightlife

There are a number of options available for westerners in Ulsan who are eager to engage in the local nightlife. Ulsan has a relatively large entertainment district in the heart of the downtown core. This area has lots of Korean nightclubs and a countless number of bars.

Ulsan Landscapes

Ulsan is a coastal city so they have lots of seaside parks, beaches and trails to explore. The Gulf of Ulsan is typically filled with fishing and cargo vessels, but it's easy to find decent beaches in either direction. The Taehwa river also flows through the city which houses a number of pleasant park areas, including Ulsan Grand Park. The Deungeok hot springs at Mount Kajisan Nation Park is also nearby.

Pollution in Ulsan

Ulsan is noticeably cleaner than many districts found within Seoul although overall it’s comparable to the other metropolitan cities in the country.

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