Since its promotion to city status in 1992, Goyang has been quickly growing as one of the largest satellite cities around Seoul. Located along the lower reaches of the Hangang river, the north-western part of the area is often called 'Ilsan', which is in fact the name of the city's residential district. Following the establishment of the Ilsan district in 1996, Goyang has developed into the biggest uptown of Seoul, with a population of 910,000.
Goyang is also dubbed the 'City of Flowers'. The floral industry in the city blossomed into the busiest one (15 percent of domestic production) in the country by the 1980s. In 1997, the city held the inaugural Goyang World Flower Exhibition around the largest artificial lake in the country, Ilsan Lake. The event has been held every three years to attract visitors from all over the world.
Football is another important keyword used to describe Goyang. Ideally located between Seoul's FIFA World Cup™ Stadium and the National Football Centre in Paju, the city is also home to last season's National League (second flight) champions, Kookmin Bank FC.