Located on the south-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, Ulsan is the largest industrial city in the country. Ulsan has been growing into a metropolis based on a well-organised industrial complex: automobile factories, shipbuilding docks and oil refineries constitute the city's skyline.
Ulsan had been a small town before it was designated as an industrial district. But since merging with Ulsan County in 1995, the city has developed into a big city with a population of 1.1 million. The Whale Museum in the city is the only remaining evidence that Ulsan used to be an old fishing town.
Ulsan Harbour boasts the two major production companies of the city: Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Heavy Industries. The latter, in particular, has the biggest shipyard in the world. Oil refinery fields and chemical plants are located in the southern area.