Goyang

Goyang 고양 is a city near Seoul in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

Understand

Ilsan was established in 1996 as an environmental friendly area. There are 3 districts in Goyang si, which are Duckyang gu, Ilsan Dong (east) gu, and Ilsan Seo (west) gu. The functions of a city are harmonized with rural area. In Korean, Il means “one” and san means “mountain,” so all together Ilsan means “a mountain,” and this is because there really is only one mountain in Ilsan which is called ‘Jeongbalsan mountain!’

Get in

Express buses from Exit 3 of Seoul Station and also from Yonsei Uni bus stop (ten min walk to Sincheon from there): 1200 goes past Madu Subway station on the way into Ilsan but doesn't go directly into the centre 1000 Stops at Western Dom shopping area 2000 Stops at La Festa area Cost w1800 They all take about an hour and are frequent

other express buses include 1900/200

You can reach Ilsan by train from Seoul Station. Trains depart at 50 minutes past the hour and take approx 50 mins. They arrive at Ilsan Station which is situated in the old part of town. It is about a 30 minute walk to the center (La Festa). They return to Seoul Station at 34 Minutes past each hour.

Get around

Can be reached by subway line number 3 (orange) and Gyeongui Line Stations Name for line number 3 : Daehwa, Juyeop, Jeongbalsan, Madu, Baeksuk, Daegok, Hwajeong, Wondang, Wonheung, Samsong, Jichuk etc.

Traffic information

- Goyang City Traffic Information Center : 1577-0961 its.goyang.go.kr

- Subway No. 3 Line: Daehwa Station, Goyang City ↔Ogeum Station, Seoul www.seoulmetro.co.kr

- Seoul-Uiju Railway: Munsan Station, Paju City ↔ Seoul Station

- KTX high-speed railway (connected with any place in Korea): Haengsin Station 1544-7788 info.korail.com

- Hwajeong Terminal: 1577-9884 www.hwajungterminal.co.kr

- By car: Jayuro, Second Jayuro, Seoul Outer Ring Road, Tongilro

See

Meaning a large and beautiful world in Korean,Aram Nuri features Aram Playhouse, Aram Concert Hall, Saerasae Theater, Norumok Outdoor Theater, Aram Art Gallery and a library that offer best quality facilities and services for cultural events.

As the largest culture/sports center in the Seoul metropolitan area, Goyang Oulim Nuri offers various cultural experience at its playhouse, theater and art gallery. The center also offers various sports facilities,including a main stadium built to international standards, an ice rink and an indoor swimming pool.

Do

Goyang International Flower Festival

(https://www.flower.or.kr:5521/eng/overview/overview07.php) ☎ 031.908.7632 fax: The are several regular festivals in Goyang.

Price : Single 8,000 won, Group 7,000 won

Goyang International Flower Festival is one of the largest flower festivals in South Korea. It is held every year around May. This Flower Festival is considered as good model for local culture festivals, in which various foreign flower farmers participate.

Baedagol is a theme park focused on lotus and colored carp purifying water and maintaining ecological balance. You can experience traditional handicraft culture of our ancestors being forgotten, taking a sniff at earth. Activities –Making carp necklace, wooden carp, experiencing doctor fish, ecological experience.

The village surrounded by ranges of Mt. Bukhan like a folding screen is 600 years old and boasts of beautiful scenery as indicated by its name meaning ‘a place where Taoist hermits relax’ Activities – getting your feet soaked in water in a rice paddy containing red clay, making pressed flowers, making ddeok or Korean rice cake and historical experience etc.

People can observe through high-resolution astronomical telescope stars and planets shining in the night sky

This place is for foreigners only to experience Kimchi. The facility has a photo zone where foreigners can wear traditional Korean garments and have them photographed. A place where they can make Kimchi and pack it is also made available. They also can buy various souvenirs here and the place has become one of the hottest tourist attractions. Activities – Making Kimchi, Wearing traditional garments

About 1,300 years ago during the reign of King Munmu of Shilla, Weonhyo, the Buddhist monk of highest virtue established the Heungseongam (a small temple or hermitage). After that, the temple was renamed Heungguksa Temple during the reign of King Yeongjo of Joseon in 18th century. Guests at home and from abroad can stay at the temple experiencing Korean Buddhism.

On new year’s day each year, a splendid festival is thrown at Haengju Sanseong to welcome the new year’s day sunrise.

Time: 5:00-9:00 AM on new year’s day each year Place: at the top of the mountain where Haengju Sanseong sits Major programs: sunrise event, performing arts, hanging of wellwisher’s ribbon Participants: anyone can participate without subscription Information: Haengju Sanseong Management Office Tip for the event: The Sweeping Victory Gate is opened from 4:30AM on the day of the event. Admission and parking are free.

The event is held to commemorate the most sweeping victory in our history (14 March) at Haengju Sanseong. Elementary school kids and their parents from the neighborhood can watch memorial service for patriotic martyrs of the nation and learn about the history of Haengju Sanseong.

Time: 10 AM on 14 March each year Place: Chungjang Shrine at Haengju Sanseoeng Participants: anyone can participate without subscription Haengju Sanseong: A typical earthen walled mountain fortification from the Three Kingdom/Joseon dynasty. Chungjang Shrine where a portrait and a statue of deceased general Kwon Yul is - kept, 3 monuments commemorating the victory and a victory memorial etc. are located in the compound. Admission fee: free on the day of the event Major programs: ceremonial rites-rites music-performance by traditional percussion band- history tour around Haengju Sanseong Tip for the event: There’s a saying that you can see as much as you know. Get yourself primed with information about Haengju Sanseong and you will have much greater pride and passion. Information: Goyang Culture Center, Haengju Sanseong Management Office

The event is one of the major traditional cultural festivals held to commemorate the sweeping victory at Haengju, one of the 3 greatest victories won by Koreans during Japanese Invasion in 1592, and revive the noble mind of the deceased general Kwon Yul and other patriotic martyrs of the nation to properly inherit it. The festival is designed to be a traditional cultural event shared with citizens through modern re-interpretation of Goyang’s traditional cultural resources discovered by virtue of the festivity. The festival consists of Haengju Cultural Festival, historical reproduction, marching along the victory street, concert and other events all centered around Haengju Sanseong through which sprits of Haengju can be revived.

Time: October each year Place: Haengju Sanseong, Goyang Eoulim World, Hwajeong Rodeo Street Hosted/run by: Goyang City/Goyang Cultural Foundation, Goyang Culture Center

The event is free-style arts festival held at various locations around the Lake Park. Imagination and wits of artists getting out of the constraints imposed by stages fill the streets with vigor and romantic mood. Various performing arts including jazz, mime, dance, drama and installation arts decking out the venue with colorful decorations to add glamour, passionate performance by famous theatrical companies from around the world and fancy fireworks all let the cheerful spectators enjoy the excitement thrown by the festival.

Time: October each year Place: locations around the Lake Park Hosted/run by: Goyang City/Goyang Cultural Foundation

Buy

Located at Deoki-dong, Ilsan Seo-gu. About 230 famous brand shops of the outlet sell various clothess at discounted prices every year.

Lots of famous brands have shops here and sell at prices discounted. People come here for shopping not only from Ilsan but also from Seoul. Because it's close to Seoul. It is very convenient to shop here as you can find what you want no matter how old you are. They sell new products at prices lower than those offered by other shops.

About 30 year old traditional market. The marketplace is recorded in ancient documents as ‘Sapojang’ There are everything at the market place. Fresh vegetables just picked out of vegetable garden, fruits, fish, cloths, shoes, medicinal herbs, various foodstuffs, household goods, puppies, rabbits, ducks and goats are just eye-catching. The market is full of vigor with stalls packed with goods, buyers haggling over prices and food catching your eyes and stimulating appetite.

The largest shopping center for furniture in Korea offers a complete selection of furniture from designers’ to imported goods to meet everyone’s taste and needs.

Eat

Throughout the centre of town there is a huge array of eating options, ask any foreigner in Ilsan about Meat street and they will direct you to the street just before LaFesta that is BBQ heaven. There are plenty of other restaurants throughout the centre of the town, lots of street vendors and fast food outlets.

Taverns where they played guitar and live music were once clustered in an area in front of Baekma Station. All these places had to relocate to anigol in the vicinity due to urban development and formed a food alley of unique cafes reminding you of old memories and as many as 80 plus large restaurants boasting of distinctive flavors. You can enjoy diverse cuisines and classy meals in a spacious and romantic space as if you were at your own vacation home in the country.

Large shopping malls like LaFesta and Western Dome are clustered in this area creating more food alleys than anywhere else. The food alleys are full of vigor of the youth. Restaurants satisfying various tastes of their customers are always crowded with people, like Shinchon or the neighborhood around Hongik University in Seoul, whether it is weekdays or weekends. Reasonable prices, comfortable atmosphere and unique tastes offered by each restaurant let you have a minute or two of thinking happily about what to eat.

The alleys surrounding Bamgasi intersection are lined up with scores of Japanese restaurants. You can enjoy Japanese food ranging from snack to full course Japanese cuisine consisting of seafood of the season, fresh sashimi and other authentic Japanese dishes. Coupled with reasonable prices, these restaurants are very popular in the neighborhood.

The area covering the four-way intersection of Daejin High School in Daehwa-dong and 6 subdivision of Munchonmaeul has the food street with great atmosphere and tasty foods.

The district located near the Haengjusanseong Fortress offers various restaurants that specialize in eels, seafood and spicy fish soups. Especially, the clear scenic view of Hangang River and clean atmosphere add to the taste of foods.

Drink

Ilsan has a huge amount of bars to refresh yourself, look up to the 2nd floor and above. Beer Bistro (5th floor) on the corner of Meat street facing LaFesta has a great balcony to sit out on in the summer months.

Favourite foreigner hangouts include Don't Go bar, Frog and Toad, Intos bar, WA Bar (x2), Bar Boom for music and dancing.

Sleep

A quiet and convenient hotel providing comfort in classy atmosphere

Location: 1306-2 Baeseok-dong, Ilsan-gu Information: 82-31-908-0062 Guestrooms: 58

Guestrooms arranged in 3 themes to satisfy various taste of the guests

Location: 1307-1, Baekseok-dong, Ilsan-gu Information: 82-31-907-5060 Guestrooms: 54

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