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Ulsan Castle [1/3] The base of the front East End famous for the fierce siege of Kato Kiyomasa.

Ulsan Castle [1/3] The base of the front East End famous for the fierce siege of Kato Kiyomasa.

倭城 蔚山城
Ulsan Castle is a base at the east end of the front which was built by the Keicho. Keicho at the end of two years, in the middle of the castle on the Independent hill under the command of Kato Kiyomasa, is surrounded by the Ming Army Korea, and siege. At that time, Seisei went to the renovation work of Nishi-Urura Castle, but he returned to Ulsan to hear the urgent news. The moat and the soil base were unfinished, and there was a lack of preparation, and the construction was broken early, too and the Suicide Squad defense did not fall after the inner castle of Minowa. Eventually, the water and food were exhausted, and the last day of the siege was close to the limit due to the cold, hunger and ammunition exhaustion, and the relief team gathered outside Ulsan Castle. The Ming army who saw it began to withdraw, and suffered the crushing defeat to put out more than 10,000 deaths by the pursuit of the Japan army. It was a Japan army that their betterment the Ulsan castle, but the general generals who witnessed the siege of ghostly were to go on to the large renovation and the front reduction of the castle in the future. After eight months of the siege of Ulsan, Hideyoshi died, and in December, the whole army withdrew, and Ulsan Castle was abandoned. Although the site was modified and destroyed by urbanization and the park, the outer wall of the summit main Guo area remains in good part.

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Name: Ulsan Castle (Possible SanSan)
● Location: Naka-ku, Ulsan ( map )
● Lord: Kiyomasa Kato
● Castle: Keicho two years (1597)
-Remains: Ishigaki, Toraguchi, climbing Ishigaki
● Information: WA Castle

Date of Visit: November, 2017

Visit to Ulsan Castle- One , two , three .
WA Castle Tour- top page .

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wajo_ulsan-01_6994Ulsan Castle is located in the place called “Tsurijo Park”. The guide board at the entrance. There are some English notation, but the text is all hangul. By the way, hangul in the lower right is written as “Battle of Ulsan Castle”.

wajo_ulsan-02_6995Old maps of the Battle of Ulsan Castle. Keicho Kato Seisei started the castle in the north of the West . When it was close to completion in the rush work of too much 40 days, the Korean-Ming army suddenly poured siege. The unfinished castle will be broken, and Seisei Kato will be confined to the main part without being prepared. There was not enough food, and it became a ghostly siege, but two weeks later, the troops gathered from the outside to reverse the bright army reinforcements were rushed to the contrary, to chase the bright Army to reverse the start of the withdrawal was greatly defeated. It is said that the corpse of the enemy has been left more than 10,000 bodies outside the castle. The Battle of Ulsan Castle has ended.

wajo_ulsan-03_6996Current map of Ulsan Castle. It looks like the stone walls are still around the park in the hills, but it’s not really that large. The current location is the lower left red circle. The first is to wrap around the dotted line and aim at the first wheel and the Sanno Maru.

wajo_ulsan-04_6997sLet’s climb the Ulsan castle. Because it turns into a park, the passage is paved with concrete, but the slope seems to remain the soil.

wajo_ulsan-05_7001For a while, proceed along the aisle. The guidance board is basic hangul, but the place which originates in the Japanese (“Sanunmaru”) also had the kanji notation. The left is the park entrance.

wajo_ulsan-06_7002The mark of the stone wall where the face was put out only a little while buried in the soil has been seen when the slope is advanced.

wajo_ulsan-07_7003It can also be seen as a corner-stone loading place. However, it is not understood well because it wears the soil on the whole. The whole picture might be clarified when the excavation is investigated.

wajo_ulsan-08_7007sI came to the front of the first wheel. As the road draws a curve, it enters between the left and right soil bases. It is hard to understand by concrete, but it might be a tiger mouth.

wajo_ulsan-09_7006There was an explanatory board where it went up. It is said that “crossbar” was built here in the Sanunmaru entrance gate, and according to the ancient documents. The picture of crossbar in the upper left is ” Ako castle “. It is the gate of the second-round garden which has been restored recently.

wajo_ulsan-10_7008This is the Sanunmaru panorama. Why is the stone pavement. I wonder if they buried the stone that had gotten away from the stone wall. The ruins such as the ruins of the building might have been lost in this.

wajo_ulsan-11_7009The Old stone monument, written as the three toes.

wajo_ulsan-12_7010The stroll route goes to the two no Maru, and it does not proceed to there, and the stone wall of the circumference of the Honmaru is seen from Sanomaru. Because it is not a stroll road, the slope is moved directly sideways. A huge stone wall is seen on a gentle slope.

wajo_ulsan-12a_6996s.pngThe moving route of the future is added to the guide figure ahead. Let’s go up to the stone wall while looking at the stone wall which remains on the slope of the south side directly Honmaru without facing from the Sanno Maru to No 2 Maru.

wajo_ulsan-13_7011It might have covered the entire mountaintop at that time although it was a stone wall of a considerably gradual angle according to the slope.

wajo_ulsan-14_7015Stone walls are stacked with stones of various shapes, such as round stones and square-processed stones. Because it was built by the rush work of 40 days, there is a feeling that the stone wall also arranges considerably and piled up. The left side is interrupted, but the stone wall might come out when digging the accumulated mulch.

wajo_ulsan-15_7016The situation where the stone wall has put out the face intermittently ahead of here. This is a feeling of being lost rather than being buried around here. It is also close to the summit area, and the angle is piled moderately. It seems to climb directly as it is, but how was it actually?

wajo_ulsan-16_7019The angle seems to be too gradual, and the stone is arranged on the slope rather than the stone wall.

wajo_ulsan-17_7022It has become a steep angle that seems to stone wall again when advancing for a while. It’s not like this.

wajo_ulsan-18_7025The stone wall is not left only partially so far, is it because it voluntarily tore down the stone wall which had been surrounding all circumference of the slope originally when withdrawing? Not only the corner stone but also the mark which broke the stone wall to a V-shape still remains in the center part to tear off a long stone wall even in the ruins of the Nagaiya Castle . Reference

wajo_ulsan-19_7026Stone ruins remain slightly.

wajo_ulsan-20_7030There are a lot of stone walls left in this area. Bisiri and the stone wall were piled up to the top of the slope like this before. Because the bottom is buried in the soil and the leaf leaves, I feel that the stone wall of a high steep angle comes out if the excavation is done.

wajo_ulsan-21_7031The angle is not so much, but it is not likely to climb so easily when there is a height only of this (it might have been originally higher because it will be buried further). While the oligarter was unfinished and unprepared, Kato Seisei made a stand against the Ming army in this Ulsan castle, and for two weeks until reinforcements came, hunger and cold (the fight was the head of the end of December to January), finally their betterment the castle.

wajo_ulsan-22_7034It came to the stone wall built vertically on the slope before long. It is a climbing wall of Ulsan Castle.

wajo_ulsan-23_7035The climbing stone wall of Ulsan Castle. There are a lot of places where it collapses (or is buried). Climb down the slope along the wall.

wajo_ulsan-24_7038 There are other WA castles, such as the Castle of the West and the Nishi -Urura Castle, where the climbing stone walls remain clear, but the climbing wall of Ulsan Castle is characterized by its surrounding slopes becoming a park that is very easy to see.

wajo_ulsan-26_7045Along the climbing stone wall, there was an explanatory board around the promenade.

wajo_ulsan-27_7046The explanation board of the climbing stone wall. The title is written as “wall of the inclined type”. Read the Hangul part in the translation software. “The walls of the shape of the Great Wall, which were piled along the slopes, are called the Japan Castle, and are one of the biggest features of WA castle. By connecting a long sloping wall along the ridge from the south wall of Honmaru to the boat arrival area, Ulsan Castle effectively protected the boat’s arrival place in case of emergency, and secured a safe passage from Honmaru to the boat arrival place. .

wajo_ulsan-27a_7042The climbing wall is looked up from the promenade. It’s spectacular. By the way, in the old maps of the Battle of Ulsan Castle, enemy soldiers are drawn between the boat and the main Guo, even in the material is the second day from the start of the battle has been surpassed to the inner castle, and there is. Therefore, it seems that there was no regret that this climbing stone wall is active.

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Date of Visit: November, 2017
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF10-24mm
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