The name Wolmido comes from the actual form of the island in Incheon as it resembles the tail of a half moon. Wolmido is known to be Wolmi Island to the locals. Apparently, the island is so well-visited that the locals had to invent a shortened name due to the constant referral to it.
Wolmido Island was once roughly about a kilometer away from the coast of Incheon. However, because of the creation of a new highway, Wolmido then became part of the mainland of Korea. Because of the ease of transport it provides, the island serves as a common getaway of city dwellers wanting to get a breath of fresh air from the crowded city of Seoul or Incheon.
Wolmi Island can be viewed from any point from the mainland due to the huge round hills that rise from the island. This hill is known by the name Radar Hill because of the huge naval radar found on the top of the hill. Radar Hill is a common place for locals to hike up to as they view the island and the Incheon harbor found below.
Wolmi Island is particularly famous for the many seafood restaurants and trendy cafes that line its boardwalks. Its famous boardwalk is exactly where the American marines landed back in 1950. Dining here is especially pleasant as you can enjoy delectable seafood dishes with an incredible view of the sea. There are around 50 restaurants along the boardwalk so one would never run out of choices. The area is supposed to be divided into different zones such as one for meeting, arts, performances and much more. However, no one seems to notice as the entire strip is a full of spontaneity. Walking along the path will satisfy you with performances, exhibitions and contests with street artists that can draw you as a character on the spot. If that’s not enough, there are fortune tellers along the boardwalk who will be willing to tell you what life has in store for you for a price. Regardless if such readings are true or not, it will still be a fun way to experience the excitement of what the island can bring.
Aside from dining, Wolmi Island is also famous for “Play Hill”, which is the closest theme park in Incheon. Although Play Hill is not as big as other theme parks in Korea, this amusement park has its share of attractions such as the Apollo Disco and the Viking Rides to entice its visitors. These thrilling rides make a great weekend off especially for families who have kids.
The easiest way to get to Wolmi Island is surely by highway, but some would rather take a ferry to the island. The west part of Incheon is dotted with plenty of nearby islands with Wolmido being one of them. Hopping on a cruise that leaves every hour is a pleasant way to see the Incheon border and its offshore islands. Be aboard just before the sun sets as there is nothing comparable to cruising along the sea and seeing the beauty of nature ending on an equally beautiful island.
No trip is complete without making a stop at Wolmido. Visitors never neglect to notice the certain aura that Wolmido possesses that translates to constant fun, excitement and spontaneity. Now that is surely something worth checking out.