Ulsan City is not a well-known tourist destination, but it has some attractive areas that visitors will enjoy. The Port of Ulsan's old downtown, Seongnamdong, offers traditional shops offering local goods for low local prices, and it contains several foreign-run bars. Mugeodong is the best area for young adults, as it is home to Ulsan University. In some areas, industrial facilities dominate.
The Port of Ulsan has a humid subtropical climate with an average annual temperature of 14 °C (57 °F). The hottest temperature in the Port of Ulsan is around 38 °C (101 °F), and the coldest temperature is about -17 °C (2 °F).
Visitors to the Port of Ulsan will want to check out the 15th Century Barracks Fortress of Ulsan. In operations from 1417 until 1894, the fortress stands about 2.8 kilometers in circumference and 3.6 meters high. In the 16th Century, the Fortress was the scene of one of the harshest sieges of the Japanese occupation of Korea during the Imjin War. Seven thousand Japanese soldiers held the Fortress against a 36-thousand strong Chinese army accompanied by another 11.5 thousand Koreans. Despite this terrific imbalance, the Japanese were able to drive their enemies off. The Chinese then encamped around the Port of Ulsan city walls, resorting to human wave attacks on the fort that left thousands of dead against the walls. With muskets and desperate hand-to-hand combat, the Japanese were still able to keep the Chinese and Korean troops out of the Fortress.
The Port of Ulsan's Baekyangsa Temple is located on Hamwal Mountain in Naejangsan National Park. It is the oldest temple of the Silla Kingdom. First built by a Zen master in the 7th Century, it was restored in 1678 and again in 1793. In 1992, a Buddhist nun restored the temple. The occupying Japanese considered the temple as one of the most important on the Korean peninsula. Today, it is an education center for monks in the Jeolla area.
Naejangsan National Park is the best place in South Korea to see the autumn leaves. The park covers over 76 thousand square kilometers of breathtaking waterfalls and temples. The gods are said to have bathed in the waters of Geumseon Falls. The serene and majestic Baekyangsa Temple is surrounded by Bija and other trees that keep their green color all year. The park is full of unique local plants, natural monuments, and abundant wildlife. The azaleas and cherry blossoms bring bright spring colors, and the summer heat makes the park lush and green.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Ulsan by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.
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