How to get to (and from) Muuido

In 2009, during my Asialink residency in Seoul, me and a bunch of others decided to make the journey to Muuido, an island near Incheon airport. Well, it seemed like it was ‘near’.

We ended up on the beach at the top right of the map near Silmido. Couldn’t get to Silmido itself because of the tides and warnings from ajummas not to cross the rock bridge … which turned out to be wrong.

It’s actually a nice place, lots of camping under pine trees, and not as many people as I thought there would be. Just no swimming. And no time to do anything.

Sounds great, huh?

  1. Catch subway for 45 minutes from Nonhyeun to Hapjeong.
  2. Wait for 30 minutes while hungover friend wakes up.
  3. Sit and drink coffee for an hour waiting for other friend to turn up.
  4. Catch subway for 1 hour from Hapjeong to Incheon.
  5. Wait for 30 minutes at bus stop.
  6. Catch bus (30-45 minutes) to Incheon airport.
  7. Get dropped off 2klms from ferry terminal. Walk for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Wait for ferry (5 minutes).
  9. Catch ferry (2 minutes).
  10. Catch small bus (5 minutes).
  11. Arrive at “Silmi Resort” at 6pm to find low tide, mud flats and no water.
  12. Spend an hour sitting on the beach.
  13. Decide to return home because someone else has to work the next day.
  14. Repeat steps 8-10 in reverse.
  15. Arrive at Incheon airport. Friend loses phone somewhere in airport (discovered later).
  16. Catch airport bus back to Hapjeong in 35 minutes.
  17. Realise what a complete waste of time outward journey was.
  18. Finally eat dinner in Hongdae around 10pm.
  19. Catch subway back to Nonhyeun at midnight.
  20. Forced to get off subway after four stops.
  21. Subway closes.
  22. Catch group taxi with maniac driver.
  23. Finally arrive home around 1am.
  24. Never do this again.

O hai, you were saying?