Ilsan is undoubtedly becoming a very popular place. Recent construction has seen the arrival of One Mount, MVL, Aqua Planet and lots of new apartments to deal with the increased population. It’s just a short drive from Seoul and it’s a really fun city with lots to offer. One of my favourite things to do in Ilsan is a trip to Lake Park. Lake Park covers a HUGE area, over 900,000 square metres and boasts the largest artificial lake in Asia.
These days, I go to the park to run. The track around the perimeter covers approximately 4.9km and it’s so wonderful to see the assortment of walkers, cyclists, runners, skateboarders out and about exercising. The walking trail is longer at about 8.9km. There is also a basketball court and a game area.
If you’re not that into exercising, fear not. There are a tonne of things to do in the park. It’s the ideal venue for a picnic and a get together with your friends. It has lots of open spaces for people to sit and enjoy. I’ve gone with my friends a few times and the atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon is perfect. It’s peaceful and relaxed and you can spend the afternoon people watching is you wish. It’s a great place to bring your family. There are lots of things for children to see and so.
You can easily get lost in the park. Even a gentle walk will bring you to pagodas, gardens, the cactus centre, the mini zoo, there is such a variety of things to do here, you can never get bored! At the weekend, you are bound to find live entertainment in the park. There always seems to be a band or singers performing and entertaining the crowd. A few tvdramas have been filmed here also, the best known probably been Star’s Lover.
The musical fountain is also here. You can enjoy a performance several times during the day.
Directions: Jeongbalsan Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2. Walk along Jungangro-1261 beon-gil Street or Jungangro-1275 beon-gil Street for 10min. For those with a car, there is a car parking fee. It is 300 won for the first 30 minutes and an additional 100 won for every 10 minutes after that.