Kyongju was a ruling seat of the part of the old empire, with some nice parks and historic sites. Having worked in Ulsan for several months, I have found my way to Kyongju many times. Among the highlights was Anapji (original name of Imhaejeon), a temple built around an artificial pond made as a bird sanctuary. Other highlights are Bulgoksa Temple,...more
For a long time, there was only one Indian restaurant in Ulsan. Many locals were dissapointed and stopped frequenting it as often since they reduced the menu and raised the prices. In all honesty, we all but stopped going to it.But thankfully somebody knew our plight and opened Namaskar. They serve Indian and Napalese foods. The menu is fairly...more
While there are countless Indian restaurants in Seoul and a couple in Busan, there are very few of decent quality anywhere else in Korea.Indo Yohang is a small venue, with approximately 8 tables. It has a small menu, but all the items are very good quality. The owners are locals, but after they became infatuated with Indian cuisine, studied the...more
While obviously there are many restaurants in Ulsan, there are very few non-Korean restaurants to choose from. Many of them come and go because the local Koreans do not frequent them enough to keep them profitable.An exception to that rule is Kebabistan. It serves Turkish foods that rival those of the homeland of the cooks. And after having lived...more
Arguably the most authentic Chinese food I've had while living in Korea.The restaurant opened in early 2008, but quickly built up a reputation as a quality establishment. The decorations are not over done, but that's just what you want. You want the attention to be paid to the food...The sauces, textures, spices and the atmosphere reminds me of the...more
These are the two main bars for foreign teachers (and some brave Korean teachers) in Ulsan. Great food, great atmosphere. Large screen TVs and foosball at each, Tombstone has a pool table, Bench has darts. Bench has open mic every Wednesday night, which is great fun. They're always open late (ie. when the sun's coming up), and a great way to meet...more
Again, bars in Ulsan come and go, almost as fast as the typical teachers who come here. Just when one is starting to quiet down, another is picking up. Wait a few months and the ebb and flow may change again.Royal Anchor was the place to be several years ago and has recently been given a face lift and become the "new" place. Drinks are typically...more
Bars in Ulsan come and go like the seasons. Even those that survive more than a year or two go through cycles of popularity.In and around Samsan-dong (the neighborhood near the Lotte Hotel), there are a couple of bars that expats frequent. Obviously if you've ever been to Korea before, you know that there is no shortage of places to drink, but...more
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...more
The inter-city and express bus terminals are just next to each other. So if you need to take a bus to Gyeongju, take the express bus . If you need to go to Donghae and beyound, take the inter-city bus terminal. I took a bus from here to Sokcho and it took me about 7 hours...more
27 Reviews and Opinions
This is not a 'shop', but more of a bunch of small streets with many shops and vendors. It is opposite the university, so there will be many people during most hours. The fashions and food will be popular with the younger crowds, but that does not mean that only the young can enjoy it here.
At night, this is a popular place to go for dinner and drinks too.
What to buy: You can buy just about anything from quality dinners to fried fish on a stick, CD's, shoes, clothes (might not fit most westerners), electronics, etc.
What to pay: In the stores, pay posted price. On the street, you can haggle.
It is a seaside resort and Ulsan beach looks ok but you will notice that people do not go in the sea.
This is because sewage outlet goes straight into the sea here. What a shame !
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the walk up the hill and look around the stalls.Some nice bars with good views over the small bay.
Fun Alternatives: Drive along the coast to other beaches which are clean.
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.