Lotte Hotel Ulsan

1480-1 Samsan-dong,Nam-ku, Ulsan, Korea, Rep. of,

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    Where a Westerner should stay in Ulsan


    Simply the best hotel in Ulsan that has western amenities. I've stayed in a few hotels around Ulsan when I first arrived. Since I was staying for many months, I wanted to get situated into a comfortable, convenient and well located hotel. The Lotte Hotel in my opinion was the best in Ulsan.

    UPDATE - 2014:
    Since I first came to Ulsan ~10 years ago, there are a couple new hotels. But the Lotte is still at the top. It has received a facelift internally with upgraded rooms, buffet restaurant, etc. While it was comfortable before, it is more so now for westerners.

    Unique Quality: Ample taxis, good restaurant, underground parking if you are a guest, across the street from shopping mall & Outback Stake House.

    Directions: You cant miss it, there's a huge Ferris wheel immediately behind it.
    Right next to the Intercity and Express Bus Terminals.

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To/from Ulsan (from Gimhae and other places)

by DSwede

Busan's Gimhae Airport: there is an express bus to/from downtown Ulsan. Ulsan's stop for Gimhae airport is under the bridge, by the river adjacent to Taehwa Hotel (see picture). Cost is 7400KRW one-way. You must buy the ticket at the vending office next to the bus stop. Gimhae's office is at the domestic terminal (if you get on at international terminal, when passengers at domestic are loading, jump off, buy ticket and come back on). Times to the airport are approximately every 30~40 minutes starting at 5:20am to 21:00pm.
Times to Ulsan are approximately every 30~40 minutes starting at 6:55am to 21:45pm.
Journey takes 50 minutes.

Alternatively, you can get the bus about 5 minutes later at the Shinbok Rotary.
See web link below for departure schedule (in order Taehwa Rotary, Shinbok Rotary, Gimhae Intl, Gimhae domestic).

Otherwise you can get there by:
Train: Ulsan is serviced by a train station from Seoul, Daegu, Kyongju, and Busan. (Ulsan's train station is about 1km east of Lotte Hotel).

Bus: Almost every other place in between has service to Ulsan from their intercity bus stations (Ulsan's bus terminal is immediately behind Lotte Hotel.)

Ulsan Airport: Ulsan's airport has hourly flights to Seoul's Gimpo airport. From the airport, taxi to the city ranges from 6000~12000KRW depending on where you want to go.


the tall staircasethe tall staircase

View from my apartmentView from my apartment

Photo taken by the waitressPhoto taken by the waitress

Ulsan - Gimhae express busUlsan - Gimhae express bus

Forum Posts


by lolodef


We are going out tonight in Ulsan. Reading the posts, it seems that some bars are "lame" and we don't want to be where all the expats are. Can you advise a good Korean club with good sound ?
Thanks for adding the name of the quarter to tell the taxi driver.


Re: Tonight

by DSwede

You want to go to a Korean bar with good sound? Do you mean Korean bar or night club?

Korean bars in Ulsan are definitely not known for their music. They tend to be dark, smoky and serving lots of either beer, soju or whisky. If you go to a Korean bar, expect to sit by yourself and not interact with many of the locals. Foreigner bars will have the best variety of music and drinks. Korean night clubs are much different than ours, more like a dinner theater.

Travel Tips for Ulsan

Munsusa and Munsusan

by Tongdosa

Take a taxi from Mugodong to Munsusan and enjoy a nice day in the countryside 5,000W. There is a bus stop at the highway but I don't remember the schedule or the name of the stop, so a good way to get back to the city for 1,000W.

Although it is very close to Ulsan you can get away from most of the noise out here. The temple here is a great for its size. Walk through the temple area and you can try and get a coin to stick to a flat granite rock. The belief is if your soul is pure it'll stick. I cheat and dip mine in candlewax, although I have gotten it to work 2 times.

To really get off the beaten path take a left down a dirt path when you see the tall staircase. If you follow this path you'll have to cross a small path to see a cave shrine. Many mountain climbers use this path to get to their climbing area. There are 4 tombstones to those who've died climbing there. (If you are a large or uncordinated person I suggest you not take this short detour) Also don't take this detour if you're afraid of heights. Once you've seen the shrine you have to take the same way back.

Munsusa or Munsu Stadium

by Tongdosa

"Hiking at Munsusan"

Munsu Mountain is just outside of Mugodong, and is the large mountain in the background from Munsu Soccer Stadium. There is a functioning temple here and it is a popular place for locals to hike. The hike will take about 4 hours total if you start at the highway and about 2 if you start at the lower parking lot for the temple.

From Mugodong to the Nonghyup parking lot it costs about 5,000W by taxi. This is where I usually start and where many people park to start their hike up the mountain. Stay on the main road and you'll have an easy hike.

There are some great views of the mountains from here and on clear days you can see the boats in the port. There are some small hikers restaurants once you've made your way back down too. Great if you're a makoli fan.

In short this is a great little hike with a temple where you can fill up and take a breather.

There is also rock climbing on Munsu mountain and a small cave shine if you can find it. The small cave shrine isn't a good place to look for if you're afraid of heights. To get to the small cave shrine take a left before you walk up the steep steps cut into the rocks, where there is also a great lookout point. Rock climbers take this path and so do the few people who know about the small shrine.

Met Dave

by GracesTrips

Wow, what a week! We packed in a lot of sight seeing here in South Korea. Perhaps not as leisurely as I would like because of the short 1 week visit. So, it was really nice to meet Dave, member name DSwede, in Ulsan to have dinner, drinks and chat. We had a relaxing evening. Also, informative as we had lots of questions as to why the South Koreans did certain things and act a certain way. We were mostly stunned by his answers and thought it peculiar and funny. I'll post some of that info on my South Korea page.

We didn't spend too much time in Ulsan, just really to meet Dave. So, I don't have much posted here. Most of my South Korea experiences will be posted on my Seoul and Busan pages.

The restaurant we had dinner at in Ulsan

We walked across the street to have a beer at this bar

Industrial Center of Korea

by DSwede

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.)


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