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Nam-gu is in the center of Ulsan and is surrounded by Jung-gu, Dong-gu, Buk-gu and Ulju-gun. Nam-gu is bordered to the north by Jung-gu, Dong-gu, Buk-gu and Ulju-gun with Taehwagang River as the boundary, to the south by Ulju-gun with Oehwanggang as the boundary, to the east by the East Sea and to the west by Munsu Mountain. Nam-gu is 13,780m from east to west and 10,710m from south to north. It is 64km southward to Busan, 39km northward to Gyeongju and 100 miles to Japan. Nam-gu is at a latitude similar to Los Angeles in the USA and Tehran of Iran. Nam-gu is close to the East Sea and is influenced by an average of 3 to 4 typhoons a year. Nam-gu has a mild climate thanks to the sea breezes. Summer and winter are definitely classified into a rainy season and dry season, respectively, because of lots of seasonal winds.

Location of Nam-gu
Location of Nam-gu
Nam-gu Office Longitude and Latitude at End Point in Four Directions
(1320-1 Dal-dong) 233 Dotjil-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan Metropolitan City Divide Location Longitude/Latitude
East End 67-5 Yongjam-dong East Longitude 139。23′ 17.6489″
North Latitude 35。29′ 4.6306″
West End San 77-1 Mugeo-dong East Longitude 139。14′ 9.5671″
North Latitude 35。31′ 59.0089″
South End 581-3 Hwangseong-dong East Longitude 129。21′ 48.0142″
North Latitude 35。27′ 17.0442″
North End 303-2 Mugeo-dong East Longitude 129。15′ 43.3751″
North Latitude 35。33′ 11.7633″


Nam-gu is a city of administration and finance where the functions of finance, the economy, culture, the media and distribution are integrated. National and local administrative bodies including Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall, Ulsan District Court and Ulsan Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office and financial institutes including the Bank of Korea and the Korea Exchange Bank are closely clustered here. Nam-gu is the hub of the regional transportation system including Ulsan Port, Ulsan Station, Intercity Bus Terminal and the Express Bus Terminal as well as a city of commerce with diverse kinds of old and new distribution markets including traditional markets, big department stores and big discount stores.

The Gray Whale Migration Site was designated as Natural Monument No. 126. There are 8 cultural heritages including Cheoyongam rock (the origin of Cheoyong story), Gaeunpo Fortress Site (the strategic point for defense against Japanese invaders from the Silla period), and Ehujeong (a guesthouse of Ulsan Dohobu (protectorate to pacify the east) during the Joseon period). Traditional folk events including Jeongwolboreum Daljiptaeugi (Sheaf burning on the 15th day of January on the lunar calendar), Muldanggigi, Soeburinori, and the reproduction of a whale hunt every year. Nam-gu is the city of vivid tradition actively inheriting Cheoyongmu (dance) and producing Cheoyongtal (mask), the symbols of Ulsan.

Topographically, the southeast coast has deep waters. The area also has advanced road networks that run both east-west and south-north, and a number of plants for the heavy chemical industry, oil refining and petrochemical industry in Mipo National Industrial Complex and Ulsan Petrochemical Complex. The ‘Seonam Riverside Park and Ulsan Grand Park’ are places for its citizens to relax and refresh and ‘Solmaru-gil’ (an elegant trail in the downtown area) as well as a number of infrastructure for sports and tourism including Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium and Ulsan Munsu International Archery Field have allowed Nam-gu to showcase its new abilities as a city of culture, tourism and sports. Nam-gu has been positioning itself as the mecca of the whale industry by securing the infrastructure for this industry including such facilities as the Jangsaengpo Whale Museum, Whale Ecology Center, Whale Cruise and Sinhwa Village, reproduced with an artistic spirit.