Day Trip to 소무의도

One of the walking paths on 소무의도.

On a warm Saturday afternoon in October my friend, Eunji, messaged me and asked if I wanted to take a day trip with her to 소무의도 (somuuido), a small island off the coast of Incheon. I thought about it for a bit and decided to get ready quickly and we decided we would meet at the airport to travel the rest of the way together.

Walking to the ferry.

I have been to an island before just driving around, but there wasn’t really much to look at, so I figured maybe this little island will offer a little bit more to see.  I ended up late because somehow in my mind I convinced myself the bus was faster than the subway (this is rarely true taking the route I chose).  Once we got to the airport we took the free shuttle to the last stop and got off and decided that we would walk our way to the ferry. It was only about a 20 minute walk from the last stop and we got to enjoy some fresh air and the smell of low tide.

Our seagull friends.

We walked onto the ferry with a bunch of cars and people, it is a very short 10 minute ride across the water to the island 무의도 (muiido) which is connected to the smaller island we were headed to. We fed quite a few snacks to our seagull friends who dangled and swooped above our heads for a bite at our shrimp crackers. Once we got to 무의도 we boarded a small local bus to take us to the other side of the island where we could walk across the pedestrian bridge to 소무의도.

The bridge from 무의도 to 소무의도.
My friend, Eunji, and I on the way back home.

Unlike the previous island where we disembarked from this island wasn’t stuck in the mud. I tell myself if I’m going to the beach I’d like to see some water on the horizon and I don’t think it is asking for too much.When we got to the island we were greeted with a bunch of ajummas and ajusshis (women and men in their 50s to 60s) who enjoy hiking and can be quite pushy on the walk paths. We let a group of 12 go ahead of us as we decided what our plan of action was. 

We hiked from one side of the tiny island all the way to the other and stopped at the snack shop to grab some ramyun to have with our kimbap. We asked the store clerk if it was okay to sit by the beach with our ramyun if we brought our trash back and he said that was fine. So we found a spot on a big rock, put out a blanket and relaxed eating lunch with a nice ocean front view. It was nice to listen to the waves crash as we ate and caught up on each other’s lives. I think we spent a good two hours sitting there in the sun enjoying the weather, scenery, and conversation.

Our perfect lunch spot.

As it was time to head back we decided to take a different path around the island, which was much shorter than we anticipated. We took a bunch of photos throughout at the scenic spots on our way back. All in all it was a lovely day to get away with a friend I haven’t seen in a long time. I got to smell the ocean and enjoy one of the last few warm days of the year. All in all I’d say that counts as a pretty fantastic day.

As the sun was setting.
A beautiful sunset greeted us as we got off the boat.




1 comment / Add your comment below

  1. Nina,
    The trip was so worth it, as I see it..The pictures were awesome, and very beautiful to say he least..It s always a special day and time when one can reconnect with an old friend..No doubt, this will be a life long friendship no matter the distance there may between you both in the future..I looked at these pictures carefully, and I saw a very lovely and majestic beauty of a woman..Your friend, is very attractive as well, but..the simplicity of you, Nina is a beauty even “Paccaso” couldn’t replicate! Whatever you are doing, don’t change a it looks well on you..
    Anyway, I am off to starting baking some cookies for Christmas..So, for now, I will say so long, stay well and stay safe! And as always I send love and hugs from my side of the world to you, on your side..
    Aunt Millie

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