About Ulsan

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Urban environment

Ulsan was elevated to a city when it was designated as a specific industrial zone in 1962 and became a metropolitan city in 1997. As Korea’s largest industrial cluster for automotive, shipbuilding, maritime and petrochemical industries, Ulsan records annual exports of approximately USD 100 billion.

Located in the center of East Asia and at the southeastern end of the Korean Peninsula, Ulsan Metropolitan City is a seaport town blessed with a warm and mild climate.

Ulsan, which is one of Korea’s seven major cities, has a population of approximately 1.2 million and occupies an area of 1,060㎢ (approx. 1.7 times that of Seoul), the largest among capital and metropolitan cities in Korea.

Ulsan, an eco-city where nature and people coexist in harmony

Having led Korea’s economic growth as the country’s industrial capital for the past 50 years, Ulsan reputation was tarnished giving it the title of “the city of pollution.”

The local government promoted an extensive environmental restoration project and, the Taehwagang River, which flows across the city, has been restored to an ecological river with top-class water quality and is now home to the largest habitat of white Herons in Korea. The air quality has also been improved to a level on par with those of advanced countries and as a result, Ulsan has been reborn an eco-city.

Ulsan, an energetic and attractive city of culture and tourism

Ulsan has been a gateway of international seaborne trade since the Silla Dynasty period. It is also a historic city where valuable historical assets like the Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace and Petroglyphs of Cheonjeon-ri, world-renowned prehistoric heritage, are located.

In addition, Ulsan offers a number of attractive tourist sites including Ganjeolgot along the East Coast where the sun first rises in Korea, Yeongnam Alps with its magnificent scenery, Jangsaengpo Whale Village, an advance base for whaling, and Jangsaengpo Whale Museum as well as Ulsandaegyo Bridge, of which the distance between towers is the third longest in the world.

Ulsan, a refined, welcoming and creative city

Now, Ulsan is preparing to further advance itself from an industrial city to a “refined, welcoming and creative city.”

Ulsan is solidifying the foundation for a creative economy by fostering new businesses, such as ICT convergence, oil hub for Northeast Asia, secondary cell and 3D printing, in addition to its existing strategic businesses and is increasing refinement by promoting a number of projects including the establishment of a national industrial technology museum, a KTX station sphere and developing Gangdong area.