Catch a glimpse of the history of whale and whale hunting of Korea from the Neolithic Era.
Ulsan is known to be Korea’s greatest industrial city. But, there is something much more than what it is known for. Jangsaengpo Whale Museum is the first and only whale museum in Korea. The museum stands on what used to be a central area for the Korean whaling industry. Surprising? Here’s more. After whaling was banned in 1986, 250 artifacts from whalers and the whaling industry were collected and put on display at this museum. Visitors can experience zones such as the Whale Belly Road or the Underwater Adventure Zone. Exhibitions include things like a Bryde’s whale skeleton, a killer whale skeleton, a gray whale corner, and whaling ships.
The museum first opened in May 31, 2005. Throughout the years, the number of artifacts at the museum has been growing. Currently, there are 1,800 pieces of whaling artifacts and historical records. Some are even from the Neolithic Era. There are special exhibitions on whaling culture, and lectures on whales and whaling.
While visiting the museum, Ulsan has a lot more to offer than just whaling. The city specializes in automobiles and it is always bright with excitement and glamour. These huge industrial complexes are located near downtown Ulsan’s Taehwancheon stream, and Jangsaengpo and Mipo Harbors. These areas are reputed for not only the industrial complexes but also for their natural beauty. It is a city with an abundance of scenes with things to do and see.
Whale meat has been famous in this area ever since the Neolithic Era. Whaling is prohibited in this area through Korea and agreements with other countries. If a whale died through natural causes, it will go through an investigation by the maritime police to determine if the whale was a baby or an exotic species. Once it has gone through investigation, selling of the whale meat will be permitted. Selling and purchasing whale meat is a very strict procedure. As the laws for whaling becomes more strict, the prices to consume whale meat have been rising. But, whale meat that has been seasoned well tastes almost like regular cow meat. Therefore, food critics cannot resist this.