This guest post comes to you from Meagan LeAnne.

Ulsan, South Korea is best known for being an industrial hub and is home to the world’s largest automobile assembly plant (Hyundai Motor), the world’s largest shipyard (Hyunday Heavy Industries) and the world’s third largest oil refinery (SK Energy).  Because of this, Ulsan isn’t a place many people put high on their list of places to see in Korea.

What you might not know about Ulsan is that it was actually quite a small city (29,000 in 1950) until Hyundai came to town and it’s now the 7th largest city in Korea with a population of over 1 million people.

I moved to Ulsan a year ago after living in Busan for a year and a half and didn’t think I’d like it, but I’ve been surprised at how fast I’ve grown attached to Ulsan. It’s so close to Busan… just an hour by train or car, but it has a completely different feel. Because of all of the industry, there is a large foreign population. The grocery stores carry much more imported foods and Koreans don’t tend to stare as much, just because you look different.

There are also hidden gems located all throughout the city. Amongst the industry, you can find beautiful parks and a wide array of wildlife. My favorite place in the city, and I think many people would agree, is Daewangam Park (대왕암공원).

Daewangam Park is located right next to Ilsan Beach so it’s perfect because you can hit two spots in one trip!


There are several ways to get to Daewangam Park. If you want to travel by taxi, ask your taxi driver to take you to Day-wong-ahm goeng-won (Daewangam Park).  From the bus stop in front of Lotte Hotel in Samsan-dong (near the Intercity Bus Terminal), you can take buses 108, 133 or 401 and get off at Ilsan Beach. If you’re coming from a different location, open up Google maps, put in your location and get directions to 대왕암공원. Google is a great resource for bus information.

If you’re coming from Ilsan Beach, the stairs to the park are on the south side of the beach.

The walk is so lovely that you almost forget that you are right in the middle of a bustling city.

The views of Ilsan Beach are spectacular!

And you can even see some of the famous Hyundai shipyard cranes.

Continue walking around the path and you will come to King’s Rock. It is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in Korea.

About the Author: Life Outside of Texas is a blog run by Meagan, an expat living in Ulsan, South Korea. She was an English teacher for 1.5 years, but for the past year she has been transitioning into life as an oil & gas expat partner.  You can read about her adventures in Korea and beyond on her blog, Facebook and twitter.


Chris Backe is the main writer here at One Weird Globe. He's written over 25 books and itineraries, and is the founder of Entro Games and Blog Tuneup. He's lived in Korea, Thailand, Colombia, and has traveled across Europe.