Ansan is on the coast of the Yellow Sea (locally called West Sea), at 37°19′N 126°50′E / 37.317°N 126.833°E / 37.317; 126.833. Portions of various Yellow Sea islands lie within its jurisdiction. The largest and best-known of these is Daebu Island.
Several institutions of higher learning are located in Ansan. They include Ansan College, Ansan College of Technology, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and a campus of Hanyang University.
Near the coast and heavy industry, west Ansan can have dusty air, but this also often makes the city cooler and more comfortable in midsummer.
Cities nearby include Gunpo and Uiwang to the east, Hwaseong to the south, and Shiheung to the north. Approximate travel times from other locations are as follows:
Ansan is largely a commuter and industrial city and has fewer attractions for a tourist, but the east side of the city is becoming prettier with parks, fountains, and some street activity, particularly near the very nice canals with their walkways. From spring on the walkways are filled with flowers, particularly cherry blossoms in April.
The most active or picturesque areas tend to be by the canals which weave through the city, as well as near Ansan Station, near the east-side shopping/cafe/nightlife area west of the bus terminal and north of Jugang Station, and also the streets east of Hanyang University.
There are many foreign markets near Ansan Station providing cheap fruit and veg, and various foreign food stuffs and goods. English newspapers can often be found in convenience stores in the subway stations.
There are many foreign restaurants in Ansan including Indian, Indonesian, Pakistani and others mostly situated near Ansan station.
Mongol Sikdang- A Mongolian restaurant
Numerous Pizza Places
The streets east of Hanyang University's ERICA campus are also full of budget eateries for students, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Vietnamese, and a Mexican-ish restaurant.
There are a bunch of cheap love motels in Ansan. To find these cross the street from the station, go 5 or 6 blocks and veer to your left a street or two. They range from between 50,000 to 80,000 approx, and most will have large TV's with cable, internet and PC, and some nicer ones even have baths.
Hotels, in the standard sense, are rare in Ansan and are mostly 'business' hotels serving visitors near Ansan's large industrial complex. The largest hotel 'Minerva' has closed but still appears in some search engine hits (it was still closed in Feb 2012). Hotel 'Hi-Vice' is a basic business hotel and may serve for foreign visitors, with room rates between 40-120,000 Won it is located opposite Jungang Station and also features a wedding hall. There is also an international hotel located close to Sangruksu Station. However, as mentioned above, many motels are on par with 3-4 star hotels and are typically rather cheap.