Ulsan do over


Our last trip to Ulsan was a little disappointing because we didn’t get to do everything we planned. We decided to try again on Memorial Day since it was an American holiday but not a Korean one. That was an excellent decision because nothing was crowded that day.

I had my phone ready so I actually captured the sign for Asian Highway 1 this time.

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Our original plan was to try an Indian place for lunch. We found it, but couldn’t figure out where to park in downtown Ulsan at lunchtime. We thought we would return to O’Taco, but they are closed on Mondays. So we walked along the road that O’Taco is on since there are several restaurants there. We ended up at the Cat’s Meow. It was great! The food was delicious and the prices weren’t bad either. We were the only ones there so the service was good. The view was amazing too. Tim ordered a salmon set that came with soup, salad, fish, and vegetables. I ordered a chicken salad but they brought me soup as well. Clarissa ordered french fries.

Then we went to Daewangam Park. Clarissa and I played at the dragon park for a bit. She impressed me with her climbing ability. She was able to climb very high on the ropes and wasn’t afraid of the very high slide.

After she got some energy out, we headed to Daewangam island. Along the way we saw Ulgi lighthouse.

There were divers. I think they had mussels or clams. We didn’t get super close to see. But they looked cool walking around.

The views from the island were beautiful. We could only take the stroller to a point since there were many steps. So we just parked it at one of the overlooks and then Tim carried Clarissa to the island. We could see many ships and a windmill in the distance.

We headed back to the car to get the sand toys and then headed to Ilsan beach. The boardwalk was very clear. It only took about 30 minutes to get the end. The marina was nice with the boats docked.

Then we played in the sand for a bit before we headed home. I took Clarissa to see the water while she ate her sandwich. She wasn’t afraid of the waves like her first trip to the ocean two years ago.





Mother’s day in Ulsan


We had a family photo shoot at Duryu park in April. We got the pictures just in time for Mother’s Day. I think my favorite is the one of Tim and Clarissa. If you are in Daegu, I highly recommend March Photography.

Tim got his finger shut in a car door last Thursday. It turned black and the doctor said his nail would probably fall off. So we rested on Mother’s Day.

This Saturday was the day we actually celebrated Mother’s Day. Tim said we could go wherever I wanted. So we headed to Ulsan for Mexican food and to check out Daewangam Park.

Waze said it would take two hours to get to Ulsan. As usual, it took us longer. We needed to charge our Hi-pass. The website said you could charge the card at Emart, so we tried that on Friday. They don’t charge Hi-pass at emart, at least not the one we went to. So then we tried to charge it at several different rest stops. As foreigners without a Korean bank account, we have to charge with cash. There were several charging stations along the way, but they were machines and you had to pay with Korean credit card. So we just had to pay cash to go through the tolls.

Most of the rest stops we have been to in Korea so far are huge. They have several restaurants, a room for nursing mothers, bathrooms, and several shops. Some also have other entertainment. Our first stop had batting cages. Clarissa thought they were pretty cool.

On the way, we say a sign that said we were on Asian Highway 1. I thought I could get a picture later in the journey, but sadly there was only one sign. I googled it because I thought it was strange that the sign said you could go from Japan to Turkey, since Japan is an island! There is a ferry from Fukuoka, Japan to Busan, Korea to connect the roads. The route is 12,774 miles long!

When we arrived at O’Taco, I realized that I didn’t check the temperature for Ulsan before we left. We were underdressed. It felt 10-15 degrees cooler than Daegu. Clarissa and I were quite chilly in our t-shirts and shorts. We loved the view though. We took some pictures before we walked to the restaurant.

O’Taco was a cute little resturant. There were several Simpsons decorations inside. There was seating both inside and outside. If I wasn’t chilly I would have wanted to sit outside. After we ordered, we went outside to take more pictures.

The food was excellent. Tim got a grilled chicken with fried rice meal. I got three tacos. Clarissa ordered chips and salsa and then also demanded to eat Tim’s french fries. We were happy with the taste of the food. The service was friendly. Though we were still hungry at the end of our meal. I am used to going to my favorite Mexican restaurant in the States and getting two tacos, rice, and beans for like $8. Here, I got three tacos for 5,000 won (almost $5) each. Tim’s meal was 17,000 won. The chips and salsa were 2,000 won. They had several tasty beverages at well.

Then we tried to go to Daewangam Park. They have a large dragon playground, coffee shops, trees, and a beach. Apparently Saturday afternoon is not the best time to go. Or rather, that is the time that everyone goes. There was a ton of parking and parking attendants who waved a long line of cars through. However, after driving around for twenty minutes, there was no parking. There was an overflow lot down the hill from the park, but that one was full as well. Ilsan beach was down the road, so we went there instead.

The beach was pretty. There was a nice paved boardwalk with some street vendors and a really nice public shower and toilet. Across the street there were several shops and restaurants. We could see a Home Plus in the distance. But since Clarissa and I were both cold, we didn’t last long. We stopped at GS25 for some ice cream and then decided to head back.