Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원] is an evergreen K-Dramaland location, which often appears in final episodes, particularly if it’s a happy ending.
Note: spoilers ahead if you’ve not watched the shows.
Six days after her breakup with Goo Woong (Ahn Bo-hyun), Kim Yu-mi (Kim Go-eun) jogs along the lake in this park in episode 1 of Yumi’s Cells 2 (Yumiui Sepodeul 2/유미의 세포들 2) (TVING, 2022).
Kim Yumi (Kim Go-eun) arranges to meet colleague Chae Woo-gi (Choi Minho from SHINee) at the fountain in the centre of the rose garden of this park during the Goyang Flower Festival in full episode 2 of Yumi’s Cells (Yumiui Sepodeul/유미의 세포들) (tvN, 2021). As she thinks this is a “date”, she runs all the way and does some impressive stunts and photo-bombing to get there first, after unexpectedly seeing her colleague Ruby (Lee Yoo-bi) heading for the same location.
Oh Bit-na (Yang Hye-ji) and Nam Kyu-hyun (Kim Min-gwi) take a (initially awkward) walk in this park in episode 9 of Nevertheless/I Know But (알고있지만) (JTBC/Netflix, 2021), [SPOILER] but end up reconciling in the end.
Lee Yeong-hwa (Kang Tae-oh) does some sketching at this park in episode 4 of Run On (런온) (JTBC/Netflix, 2020-21).
In episode 1 of Tale of the Nine Tailed/Tale of The Nine-Tailed Fox (구미호뎐) (tvN, 2020), Lee Yeon (Lee Dong-wook) sits on a bench at this park, and watches the human families enjoying their time together and pondering about his first love. He retrieves a balloon for a little girl, and is joined on the bench by cute and cheeky Kim Soo-oh (Jung Si-yul), who wants to be his friend and questions Lee Yeon’s life choices. In episode 14, Pyo Jae-hwan (Kim Kang-min) and Kim Sae-rom (Jung Yi-seo) meet up for her birthday at this park and he brings a bouquet of dahlias and a cake and he quickly notices that she has the rash on her neck.
When waking up out of his coma in episode 14 of Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020), Oh Dae-o (Son Ho-jun) apologizes to Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo) and recapitulates how different their lives could have been and images both of them and their daughter on an afternoon out at the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park.
In the final scene of final episode 16 of Oh My Baby (오 마이 베이비) (tvN, 2020), Jang Ha-ri (Jang Na-ra) and Han Yi-sang (Go Joon) are on a date at the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park.
Song Da-hee (Lee Cho-hee) meets Yoon Jae-seok (Lee Sang-yi) outside the Windmill Small Library [풍차 작은도서관] to go cycling together in episode 42 (full episode 21) of Once Again (한 번 다녀왔습니다) (KBS2, 2020).
Koo Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-goo) looks for the red pocket —with a spell for marriage— here, while Jang Man-wol (IU/Lee Ji-Eun) does all to detain him from doing so and finally it is found by his friend Sanchez (Cho Hyun-chul) in episode 5 of Hotel Del Luna (호텔 델루나) (tvN, 2019).
Hong Yi-young’s (Kim Se-jeong of Gugudan) uncle took her to the marine rescue parade at this park when she was a kid — which made her so enchanted by the drums, that she made it her career later on. She recalls this memory in a flashback in episode 3 (full episode 2) of I Wanna Hear Your Song/Let Me Hear Your Song (너의 노래를 들려줘) (KBS2, 2019).
Kim Hae-il (Kim Nam-gil) accompanies Park Kyung-sun (Lee Ha-nee) through this park in episode 40 of The Fiery Priest/Hot Blooded Priest (열혈사제) (SBS, 2019) on her way to denounce herself.
Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) confesses his feelings through giving Oh Yoon-seo (Yoo In-na) a hand-written letter at the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park in episode 7 of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019)
Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) and Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-gum) head to Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] for a date in episode 11 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19). Jin-hyeok shows Soo-hyun how to take photos and later presents her with couple rings.
Kang Bok-su (Yoo Seung-ho) comes the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park for a jogging with a client in episode 4 of My Strange Hero/Bok-Su’s Back (복수가 돌아왔다) (SBS, 2018-19).
Seo Do-jae (Lee Min-ki) comes here for his morning jogging in episode 4 of The Beauty Inside / Byooti Insaideu (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018).
Kim Myeong-ha (Kim Min-gue) meets Mong-mong (Elkie from CLC) here at a wooden swing amidst the cherry blossoms in episode 24 of Rich Family’s Son (부잣집 아들) (MBC, 2018) to talk. He tells her not to give up on her studies and leave Korea, and she inadvertently admits that she liked him from the first time they met.
Baek Joon-soo (Jang Keun-suk) meets up with Oh Ha-ra (Han Ye-ri) at this park in episodes 17-18 of Switch/Switch: Change The World (스위치 – 세상을 바꿔라) (SBS, 2018).
Eom Cho-rong (Kwon Soo-hyun) has a 100 items bucket list of all the things he wants to do with Yoo Jin-kang (Jung So-min) and in episode 7 of Hundred Million Stars from the Sky / The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (하늘에서 내리는 일억개의 별) (tvN, 2018), he brings her on a bicycle date to this park.
Song Geu-rim (Kim So-hyun) and radio PD Lee Kang (Yoon Park) come here in episode 11 of Radio Romance (라디오 로맨스) (KBS2, 2018), where they spend an afternoon together.
It is at the Ilsan Lake Park Clock Tower [일산호수공원 시계탑] that Mawang (Cha Seung-won) carries the Olympic torch and gets stabbed (or lets himself stabbed for humankind) by a demon-possessed human in episode 11 of Hwayuki/A Korean Odyssey (화유기) (tvN, 2017-18).
Ji Eun-hyuk (Choi Tae-joon) camps here in episode 15 of Suspicious Partner (수상한 파트너) (SBS, 2017) to celebrate his birthday, and Cha Yoo-jung (Nara) drops by with a gift.
Eun Ho-won (Ko Ah-sung) and Seo Woo-jin (Ha Seok-jin) go on a date here in episode 11 of Radiant Office (자체발광 오피스) (MBC, 2017).
Company Brain holds a fashion shoot here in episode 2 and 3 of Introverted Boss/My Shy Boss/Sensitive Boss (내성적인 보스) (tvN, 2017) – with CEO Eun Hwan-ki (Yeon Woo-jin) becoming the clothing courier against his will while passing through the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을].
Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk) goes jogging here in episode 9 of W Two Worlds (더블유) (MBC, 2016).
Go-ho (Kwon Yu-ri/ Yuri formerly of Girl’s Generation) and Kang Tae-ho (Kim Young-kwang) come to the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] on their date in final episode 10 of Gogh’s Starry Night/Gogh, The Starry Night (고호의 별이 빛나는 밤에) (SBS, 2016).
Bong Hae-ryung (Kim So-yeon) and Seo Ji-gun (Lee Sang-woo) take a walk on the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] in episode 11 of Happy Home (가화만사성) (MBC, 2016).
The teaser trailer of Lucky Romance (운빨로맨스) (MBC, 2016) was filmed here.
The Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park is a special place for Do Hae-gang (Kim Hyun-joo) and Choi Jin-eon (Ji Jin-hee) where their love is affirmed and reaffirmed again and again in I Have A Lover [애인있어요] (SBS, 2015-16); as for instance, in episode 18 and 33.
We see Seo Eun-ha (Soo Ae) and Choi Min-woo (Ju Ji-hoon) with their daughter in final episode 20 of Mask (가면) (SBS, 2015).
Koo Seo-jin (Hyun Bin) and Jang Ha-na (Han Ji-min) take a walk at the Metasequoia Alley Way of this park in episode 12 of Hyde, Jekyll & I/Hyde Jekyll, Me (하이드 지킬, 나) (SBS, 2015) and he tells her that liking Robin is liking him.
The last scene in the final episode 16 of Sensory Couple/The Girl Who Sees Smells (냄새를 보는 소녀) (SBS, 2015): Choi Moo-gak (Park Yoo-chun) and Oh Cho-rim (Shin Se-kyung) ride a bike together.
Kim Bom (Song Ha-yoon) and Yong Soo-chul (Choi Jong-hyun/Changjo of Teen Top) first meet each other when they meet up at this park in episode 1 of Sweden Laundry (스웨덴 세탁소) (MBC Every 1/MBC Dramanet, 2014) as the buyer and seller of a used riced cooker.
Chun Song-Yi (Gianna Jun) and Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) argue here in episode 17 of My Love from Another Star/My Love From The Star/You Who Came From the Stars (별에서 온 그대) (SBS, 2013-14). In final episode 21, Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun) is filming drama at the Waterfall Square of this park.
After a heart-to-heart talk, Fairy Il-rek (Kim Ye-won) asks Dokgo Ma-te (Jang Keun-suk) to not to contact her anymore at this park in episode 6 of Bel Ami/Pretty Man/Pretty Boy/Beautiful Man (예쁜남자) (KBS2, 2013-14).
Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) and Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho) take a walk through the autumn leaves tree at the Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을] of this park the morning after their camping trip in episode 11 of The Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들) (SBS, 2013).
Kim Do-jin (Jang Dong-gun) and Seo Yi-soo (Kim Ha-neul) go here on a highly emotional picnic in episode 16 of A Gentleman’s Dignity (신사의 품격) (SBS, 2012).
Mok Ga-on/Jin Jin-shim (Wang Ji-hye) and Han Tae-yang (Ji Chang-wook) meet up at this park for a date in final episode 24 of Bachelor’s Vegetable Store (총각네 야채가게) (Channel A, 2011-2012).
The final episode of variety show ‘Couple Making Season 3’ (a meta to MBC’s ‘We Got Married’) takes place at the Koi Bridge [호수공원 잉어 다리] of this park in episodes 9 and 10 of The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011). Dok Ko-jin (Cha Seung-won) tries to hold onto Ku Ae-jung (Kong Hyo-jin) and tests his heart rate with a kiss. But to no avail which makes Ae-jung join Yoon Pil-joo (Yoon Kye-sang) on stage and be celebrated as the new couple with him. Right before (as seen in episode 10), Kang Se-ri (Yoo In-na) confesses her love to Pil-joo to try to hold him off to no avail too.
Jang Joon-Ha (Namgung Min) brings his half-sister Bong Woo-Ri (Hwang Jung-Eum) here in episode 20 of Can You Hear My Heart?/Listen to My Heart (내 마음이 들리니) (MBC, 2011); the last time he will appear as Bong Ma-Roo in front of Woo-ri and their last date without Woo-ri knowing it (he constantly remembers scenes from their childhood when the two came to this park and he confessed his feelings to her). They say goodbye on the Evening Island after having eaten ramyun together.
Park Gae-in (Son Ye-jin) best friend Lee Young-sun (Jo Eun-ji) talks her and Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) into taking photos at this park in episode 6 of Personal Taste/Personal Preference (개인의 취향) (MBC, 2010) and posing like a family with her son.
Go Eun-seong (Han Hyo-joo) and Park Joon-se (Bae Soo-bin) come to the Koi Bridge [호수공원 잉어 다리] of this park in the afternoon to cheer up Joon-se who had a clash with his father in episode 15 of Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산) (SBS, 2009). In the evening they are back here and Joon-se tells Eun-seong that he wants to stop being her ‘oppa’ but be her man.
It is at the Waterfall Square [일산호수공원 폭포광장] of this park that Ko Mi-nyeo (Park Shin-hye) stops Hwang Tae-kyung (Jang Keun-suk) during his morning jogging in episode 3 of You’re Beautiful (미남이시네요) (SBS, 2009) to plead with him that she can stay in the group and offers her most precious belonging, a ring, to him. He takes the ring and throws it (or so it seems) into the artificial lake behind them, which makes Mi-nyeo search it throughout the whole night.
Lee Ma-ri (Choi Ji-woo) and Kim Chul-soo (Yoo Ji-tae) go here for a walk with their daughter in episode 20 of A Star’s Lover (스타의 연인) (SBS, 2008-09).
Hong Nan-hee (Soo Ae) and Byun Hyung-tae (Lee Jung-jin) come here for a jogging in episode 1 of 9 End 2 Outs / Two Outs in the Ninth Inning (9회말 2아웃) (MBC, 2007).
Yun Ho-jeong (Chae Rim) and Choi Kyu-in (So Ji-sub) come here for their first date in episode 12 of We Are Dating Now (지금은 연애중) (SBS, 2002). They ride bikes and have a picnic (prepared by Kyu-in himself) at Ilsan Lake Park Theme Plaza [일산호수공원 주제광장]. In episode 16, Soo-ji (Lee Eui-jung) and Yoon Ho-jae (Kwon Sang-woo) marry here.
Lee Sun-Jae (Ryu Si-Won) and Kim Se-Na (Lee Jung-Hyun) come here in episode 14 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001) to practice before her debut as a singer.
Lee Ja-young (Choi Ji-woo) and Park Seung-jae (Son Ji-chang) come here on a bike-date in episode 3 of Truth/Honesty (진실) (MBC, 2000).
Also seen in Another Miss Oh/Another Oh Hae Young/Oh Hae-young Again (또! 오해영) (tvN, 2016); in episode 14 of Yoo-Na’s Street/Yu-na’s Street/Steal Heart (Yuna-eui Geoli/유나의 거리) (JTBC, 2014); the Goyang Culture Center [고양문화원] is seen in Prime Minister & I/Prime Minister and I/Prime Minister is Dating (총리와 나) (KBS2, 2013-14); To The Beautiful You/For You In Full Blossom (아름다운 그대에게) (SBS, 2012, autumn bike scene); Dream High (드림하이) (KBS, 2011); Aeja’s Older Sister, Minja ( 애자 언니 민자) (SBS, 2008); My Girl (마이 걸) (SBS, 2005-06).
Web-Drama filmed here
Han Tae-joo (Han Gi-chan) and Kang-gook (Jang Eui-soo) reunite at this park after three years in the final scene of final episode 8 of Where Your Eyes Linger (너의 시선이 머무는 곳에) (W-STORY/VIKI, 2020), when Kank Gook is about to leave to Japan and forget about Tae-Too.
Movie filmed here
Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원] is a city lake park located in Goyang’s neighborhood Janghang [Janghang-dong/장항동] in the Ilsangdong District [Ilsandong-gu/일산동구]. Opened in 1996, it is one of the largest artificial lakes in Asia.
< Photo taken by © sianiam, April 2019 >
595 Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595
Geolocation: 37.658769, 126.762523
Jeongbalsan Station [정발산역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 1 or 2
▶ or one station before or one after; depending on where you want to go in the park.
Geolocations of park ATTRACTIONS/LANDMARKS
Clock Tower [시계탑]: 37.656731, 126.766550
Evening Island [달맞이섬]: 37.660802, 126.761172 / 경기 고양시 일산동구 장항동 906
Koi Bridge [호수공원 잉어 다리]: 37.650843, 126.768142
Metasequoia Alley Way [메타세콰이어 길을]: 37.652114, 126.763365
Rose Garden/Tunnel [일산호수공원 장미터널]: 37.65939, 126.764253
Theme Plaza [일산호수공원 주제광장]: 37.655164, 126.767581 / 경기 고양시 일산동구 장항동 1518
Waterfall Square [일산호수공원 폭포광장]: 37.650628, 126.770726 / 경기 고양시 일산동구 장항동 905
Windmill Small Library [풍차 작은도서관]: Nearest to the 3rd Car Park [일산호수공원제3주차장]
Geolocation — Beautiful Days: 37.653847, 126.766934
Geolocation — The Beauty Inside: 37.651614, 126.764965
Geolocation — Personal Taste: 37.661126, 126.762078
Geolocation — Nevertheless: 37.654697, 126.763215
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 11/06/2022
— Photos taken by © Xinnz, August 2018 and by © sianiam, April 2019
— Yumi’s Cells; Tale of the Nine Tailed added by sarahms