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The Best Day Trip From Seoul: Ilsan 1-Day Itinerary

July 31, 2021
If you want to explore a different city during your trip to Seoul, look no further than Ilsan. Here you can find nature, nightlife, and of course aesthetic cafes.

The Best Day Trip From Seoul: Ilsan (์ผ์‚ฐ) 1-Day Itinerary

What to Know Before You Go

When planning a trip to Seoul, Ilsan is one of the best day trip destinations you can find especially considering it's less than an hour away from anywhere in Seoul by the subway.

Ilsan is somewhat similar to Seoul but is less crowded, cheaper, and has its own unique charms.

I was lucky enough to live in Ilsan for a year and am going to reveal all my favorite spots you canโ€™t miss on your next visit.

My favorite area in Ilsan has a calm, almost European-style vibe with unique architecture and of course, amazing cafes and restaurants.

Itโ€™s the perfect peaceful escape from the constant hustle and bustle you will find in Seoul.

Ilsan vibes ~

How to Get to Ilsan

Ilsan is located just outside of Seoul and is easily accessible by the Seoul Metro and buses.

You can reach Ilsan from Hongdae in under 30 mins by subway making it one of the easiest day trips from Seoul.

By Subway:

Take the Gyeongui-Jungang Line (๊ฒฝ์˜์ค‘์•™) and get off at Pungsan(ํ’์‚ฐ)Station.

I recommend downloading the app KakaoMetro, there you can check the subway times, and plan your route seamlessly.

Ilsan also has lots of kitschy vintage and craft stores to explore!

Where to Drink and Dine in Ilsan

Coffee:
Peace Peace (ํ”ผ์Šคํ”ผ์Šค)

Peace Peace is famous for their mouth-watering homemade pies with a sign at the door saying โ€œpie makes it all betterโ€ and they definitely arenโ€™t wrong.

I had a hard time deciding what pie to choose but ultimately settled on the tiramisu pie and wasnโ€™t disappointed!

Pie isnโ€™t a common dessert in Korea so it makes this amazing dessert and cafe shop even more special.

Peace Peace (ํ”ผ์Šคํ”ผ์Šค)
  • Address: 45 Ilsan-ro 380-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋กœ 380๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 45)
  • Hours: Everyday 11:30 - 21:00
  • Phone: +82 031 8076 9032
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
I took a quick snap of my Tiramisu pie before devoring it in seconds.
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Mirukku Coffee (๋ฏธ๋ฃจ๊พธ์ปคํ”ผ)

Mirukku Coffee is known for serving almost unique dessert-like coffee and tea.

I love their speciality drink called Flat-tea which is nutty sea-salt caramel flavored tea and is absolutely delicous.

Mirukku Coffee (๋ฏธ๋ฃจ๊พธ์ปคํ”ผ)
  • Address: 25-1 Ilsan-ro 316-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋กœ316๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 25-1)
  • Hours: Everyday 10:00 - 22:00
  • Phone: +82 0507-1317-6378
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
ยฉMirukku Coffee Instagram
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Precoffee (ํ”„๋ฆฌ์ปคํ”ผ)

Precoffee is a modern cafe with a chill atmosphere perfect for chatting with friends.

They have an excellent selection of cookies and if you love sweet drinks you will not be disappointed!

I recommend trying the Einnispanner latte which is an americano with homemade cream on top.

Precoffee (ํ”„๋ฆฌ์ปคํ”ผ)
  • Address: 41 Ilsan-ro 286-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋กœ286๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 41)
  • Hours: Everyday 12:00 - 21:00 (Closed on Mondays)
  • Phone: +82 031-812-7092
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
Junicake

If you are a cake lover like me, Junicake is a must-go spot in Ilsan.

Here you can find a cake for every taste, including the famous Korean favorite strawberry cream cake which pairs perfectly with an iced coffee.

Junicake
  • Address: 8-1 Yulcheon 8-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์œจ์ฒœ๋กœ8๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 8-1)
  • Hours: Everyday 10:30 - 22:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
  • Phone: +82 031 818 9361
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: Link
  • Social Media: Instagram
ยฉJuni Cake Instagram
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Miwansung (๋ฏธ์™„์„ฑ)

Miwansung is a beautiful cafe in a garden-like setting with outdoor setting when the weather is nice.

This is the perfect photo-op spot with the flowers and plants, plus there aren't any cafes like it in Seoul.

Miwansung (๋ฏธ์™„์„ฑ)
  • Address: 17-1 Aenigol-gil 43-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์• ๋‹ˆ๊ณจ๊ธธ43๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 17-1)
  • Hours: Everyday 10:30 - 22:00
  • Phone: +82 0507-1323-4970
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 2 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
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Eats:
Sokoa (์†Œ์ฝ”์•„)

Sokoa is a delicious Japanese curry restaurant specializing in tasty curries.

I especially love that you can try 2 different curries at once, which is great if you are like me and can never decide what to order.

Along with amazing curries they also make a mean katsu sandwich.

Sokoa (์†Œ์ฝ”์•„)
  • Address: 53 Sando-ro, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์‚ฐ๋‘๋กœ 53)
  • Hours: Everyday 11:30 - 20:40 (Break Time 15:00-17:00)
  • Phone: +82 0507-1348-3104
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
Both spicy and non-spicy options are available!
Stairs Ramen (๊ณ„๋‹จ๋ผ๋ฉ˜)

The Stairs Ramen is a cute and kitchy traditional-style Japanese Ramen Restaurant in Ilsan.

I went here with one of my friends who has visited Japan before and she said it almost transported her back to Tokyo as the taste was that authentic.

Stairs Ramen (๊ณ„๋‹จ๋ผ๋ฉ˜)
  • Address: 10 Yulcheon 7-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์œจ์ฒœ๋กœ7๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 10)
  • Hours: Everyday 11:00 - 21:00 (Break Time 15:00-17:30)
  • Phone: +82 0507-1344-1511
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
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Peach Springs (ํ”ผ์น˜์Šคํ”„๋ง์Šค)

Peach Springs is a popular American-style brunch cafe offering classic favorites such as avocado toast and pancakes along with refreshing fresh-pressed juices.

Iโ€™m sad that I only discovered it right before I was moving out of Ilsan because itโ€™s that tasty!

Peach Springs (ํ”ผ์น˜์Šคํ”„๋ง์Šค)
  • Address: 5-10 Ilsan-ro 380-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋กœ380๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 5-10)
  • Hours: Weekdays 09:00 - 18:30 Weekends 09:00 - 18:00 ย (Closed on Mondays)
  • Phone: +82 031-902-0117
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
A close-up of my beautiful salmon eggs benedict
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Ginger and Treacle (์ง„์ €์•คํŠธ๋ฆฌํด)

Ginger and Treacle is a unique spot you canโ€™t find anywhere else in Korea.

Itโ€™s a British-style brunch and pub run by British expats living in Ilsan.

I tried a traditional British-style breakfast for the first time here and was hooked by their flavorful homemade sausages.

Ginger and Treacle (์ง„์ €์•คํŠธ๋ฆฌํด)
  • Address: 41-17 Ilsan-ro 441-gil, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋กœ441๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 41-17)
  • Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 15:00 Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 - 21:00 ย (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
  • Phone: +82 0507-1322-7514
  • Metro Stop: Pungsan, exit 1 (ํ’์‚ฐ)
  • Website: N/A
  • Social Media: Instagram
Fun Things to Do in Ilsan

Walk Along Ilsan Lake Park

Ilsan Lake Park is arguably the most famous attraction in all of Ilsan.

It is one of the largest man-made parks in all of Asia stretching over 900,000 square meters.

Here you can expect to see lots of cute dogs and beautiful scenery.

You can also rent a bike in various spots around the park which is the best way to explore the entire area easily.

Ilsan Lake Park is especially stunning during Fall and Springtime.
Check out the Nightlife in Jeongbalsan

La Felicita is a huge dining and shopping complex right outside Jeongbalsan station.

Itโ€™s filled with different cuisines, bars, and cafes that stay open past midnight so itโ€™s a fun place to go if you are looking for a new nightlife spot to try.

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Create Your Own Couple Rings/Friendship Rings

Creating your own custom rings as a fun activity is definitely something Iโ€™ve only seen in Korea.

Korean couples traditionally buy couple rings after their 100 days anniversary as a sign of their commitment.

Even if you arenโ€™t in a relationship it would be a unique activity to try with friends or even creating cute ring for yourself as a souvenir.

Ring University (๋ฐ˜์ง€๋Œ€ํ•™)
  • Address: 39 Jeongbalsan-ro Daeyang Building Unit 207, Ilsan-dong, Goyang-si (๊ณ ์–‘์‹œ ์ผ์‚ฐ๋™๊ตฌ ์ •๋ฐœ์‚ฐ๋กœ 39 ๋Œ€์–‘๋นŒ๋”ฉ 2์ธต 207ํ˜ธ)
  • Hours: Weekdays 10:30 - 21:00
  • Phone: +82 031-902-0112
  • Metro Stop: Jeongbalsan, exit 1 (์ •๋ฐœ์‚ฐ)
  • Website: Link
  • Social Media: N/A
Want to pay a visit to Ilsan? Pin this handy guide to use during your trip!
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