At the far northwestern end of Ilsan Lake Park is a massive fountain. In the evenings during the summer months, from 8:30 to 9:30, the fountain puts on a fantastic display orchestrated to an eclectic range of recognizable music from Korean to western styles. It's a great atmosphere with people of all ages and relationships appreciating the beauty of the show while picnicking on chicken and beer on a blanket or just taking a momentary rest on their bicycle seat. The best part is that it is absolutely free!
Right outside of Jeongbalsan station, there is a cemented park, offering some bits of foliage around the sides and the entrance. Walk through the middle of the cyclist jungle and sit yourself down for some good ol' fashion fun. For 500 won (beck won coin) you can enjoy about 3 minutes of fun driving mini cars around the incased amusement zone. Watch out of other cyclists or pedastrians or take the dangerous tour, at your own risk. Bumper cars are not widly acceptable, but with friends, it sure is fun. Once you've had enough of the cars, head on over to the line up of mini viking ships. If your afraid of heights, have no fear... It is also possible to rent mini motor bikes by the half hour. The shops are lined outside the edges of the park, across the street on the same side of the Western Dom. Be weary, you must provide foreign ID and a lot of the bikes are damaged. The last time we went, the clerk tried to make us pay for damages that were already inflicted on the bike prior to our renting. But it was still definitely a fun experience.
Lake Park, is just over the bridge across the concrete jungle. Take a stroll around the park to the toliet museum (its downstairs, so it might be hard to find a landmark... just check out the map), the cactus farm, and watch the waterfall or hang out in the pagoda.
If you wanna head 15-20 minutes away from the center of Ilsan, there exists the most delicious khamjatong (soft pork in a spicy soup with potatoes, vegetables and sliced, spiced doct) jump on bus 100-1, 100, 101 (the long way) to Supsongmaeul (poondong). Jump off at the Alpha Stationary store stop... if you miss this one, the next one is just past the lights (no biggie). You will notice a Dunkin' Donuts on your left hand side. Cross the street and head on back into the alley behind the donut store. You will notice what looks like a long parking lot with some tall buildings. The very first building you see, directly in front of you, look up at the second floor. There will be pictures of the soup. Head on up the stairs, take of your shoes and sit down for a scrumptious meal. Free sides of Kimchi and peppers will be never ending. For a 2-3 person meal you'll be out 17,000 Won. If you not much of a potato person, order the Hayjung-guk - 5,000 Won for an individual portion (comes with rice). The pork is tender and flakey. To die for.
Bar Boom is located where La Festa Shopping Plaza ends and the Meat Street begins. Just look to your left (a local convienient store and flower shop line the bottom row of shops) and notice an entry way. Head on up the the 3rd and sit yourself down for some cheap(3,oooWon) jack and cokes, gin and tonics, beers,etc, with a side of Korean fruit loops. Be prepared for some repetitive music, but the more you drink the less it becomes repetitive and rather just familar. There is a magnetic dark board and video screens to watch the music videos. No doubt you will meet bartender "Jackie" the magic man. He has a talent, just ask to see his cards.
Dress Code: Wear whatever it is that you feel like... white glows, so brush those teeth.
La Festa is located at the Jeongbalsan Subway stop on line # 3..Now I know alot of people are in Seoul and it's a far trek from DT, but for somebody living in Ilsan it's the Korean version of a lazy sunday afternoon. Window shop to your hearts content, have some dinner in any of the restaurants and vendors all over this little metropolis, or catch a movie, end it all with people watching in the nearby parks (I will be adding travelogue for Lake Park soon)..there is nothing special about La Festa, and that's what makes it so special..if you can't find a brand here , it doesn't exist..every Saturday night isn't a bad time to stop by either, they have live music in the open areas
What to buy: Lots of awesome shops to chose from, they've got alot of privately owned shops INSIDE the malls that carry alot of haute couture stuff..
What to pay: Prices are about average compared to other places (Canada, US etc.) but shop around, there are some good deals