If you plan on visiting Wolmido, throw out all expectations first. It is not what you think it will be. First, despite the name, Wolmi-do, Wolmido is not an island. It was many years ago, but thanks to a sea reclamation project, the island is now fully connected to the mainland.
Despite the misnomer, to visit Wolmido is to visit the sea. The main strip that draws the majority of visitors to the island runs along the sea and provides a great seaside experience...as long as preconceived expectations aren't too high.
The Scouting Report
Wolmido is a perfect example of a planned tourist attraction that never lived up to its potential. If you were to visit the island on a whim with no preconceived notions of what to expect, you may be pleasantly entertained. However, to expect too much out of the place would be a mistake. That would be setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment.
In short: enjoy Wolmido for what it is. Not for what it isn't.
Cultural Street is the main strip on Wolmido. It is a seaside pedestrian street that has various shops and restaurants on one side and the sea on the other side. It is the most popular destination for visitors and regularly hosts festivals during the summer.
Join the older, more experienced local fishermen at Wolmido. Take your rod and reel out onto the rocks during low-tide and hope for the best.
Wolmi Theme Park
Every seaside spot needs a good old-fashion carnival. Wolmi Theme Park provides just that. It has everything you could want in a carnival: games, prizes, food, rides, etc.
The facilities are old. Sometimes a little dirty. But that is part of the fun in going to a carnival. If you wanted clean and new, you would be at Lotte World or Everland.
One of Wolmido's newest attractions is Wolmi Park. After half a century of military occupation, the land was handed over for public use. Thankfully, it was turned into a beautiful, free park.
Wolmi Park is full of walking trails that weave through traditional Korean structures, gardens, and water features. It is a great place to escape the noise and crowds at Cultural Street.
If you can swing it, pack a lunch and find a cozy spot in the park. Several splendid picnicking spots can be found throughout the park.
- Cultural Street
Wolmido According To Others
- Wolmido: Fun For All - by The Korea Blog
- Destination: Wolmi-do Amusement Park _ at night (Incheon) - by One Weird Globe
- Boardwalks & Carnival Games in Korea: Incheon's Wolmido Island - by Aclipse
- Wolmido Park (월미도 공원) in Incheon - A Serence and Calming Walk on a Summer's Day - by Derek versus Lonely Planet
- 11 April 2012 - Touring around Wolmido Island 월미도 - by Happy Dalkis
- Wolmido Island, Seafront and Cherry Blossom (월미도 / Incheon) - by Modern Seoul
To see more photos of Wolmido, check out the Wolmido photo album.
How To Get There
Where: Incheon-si, Jung-gu, Gaho-dong
From Incheon Line 1 - Incheon Station -Chinatown- (인천역 -차이나타운-):
-If you want to walk, follow the signs to Wolmido. It isn't a scenic walk, but it is close (20~ minutes). Or, take bus 2, 23, or 48 to Wolmido.
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Posted October 8, 2015
Updated October 10, 2015