Gapado Island

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

Thank you for sending in your questions and missions on our CHIT-CHAT page! We received some great questions about the beautiful island of Gapado and would like to share our adventure with you.

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Gapado is a beautiful little island off the southwest coast of Jeju. It is most famous for the Gapado Barley Festival, which is held from April 9 to May 8 this year. To get to Gapado, you need to first take the intercity bus #755 (or drive) to Moseulpo Port.

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Once at the port, you can buy a ticket for the ferry to Gapado. A general adult one-way ticket costs 5,700won (5,000won for Jeju residents).

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Remember to fill out the ferry form (bottom), which asks for your name, gender, birthday, and phone number.

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You will be able to purchase round-trip tickets that list the date and time of your ferry.

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The ferry usually runs hourly, but it can change according to the weather. So please check with the ticket booth. When it’s near your departure time, walk to the harbor (about 15m away) and get ready to embark! It’s a cozy ferry with plenty of seats.

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The ferry ride takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Once you reach Gapado, you can see these welcoming rock pillars.

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As you walk or bike around Gapado, you can see outside of each house is a haenyo fishing basket and gear. What a unique decoration!

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Gapado gives off a quaint countryside feeling, with houses instead of buildings, and plenty of clean spaces for biking or walking.

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Walking along the coastal road, one can see the blue ocean, white waves, and Jeju oreums in the distance.

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But how can we not see what Gapado is best known for – the barley fields! These green stalks grow all around the island. It is a really picturesque scene!

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But be mindful to only take pictures near the barley field, and not actually in the barley field!

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When traveling with your friends, jumping shots are a must on Gapado! ^_^

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There are some really delicious seafood noodles (jambong) and black beans noodle (jajangmyeon) on Gapado!

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The portions are big and the little crabs are so tasty!

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If you would like to stay on the island overnight, there are several guesthouses all around the island.

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Besides the colorful scenery, you can see the beautiful culture of these island people, like this grandmother drying seaweed in the sun.

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Walking around the island takes about 2 hours. When it’s almost time for your ferry back to Jeju, just walk back to the port where you first got off and wait for your ride.

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Near the ferry dock are also tents set up for the Gapado Barley Festival. Would you like some coffee at Cafe-do? ^_~

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We had a wonderful time walking around Gapado island. The fresh air, delicious food, and green barley fields were a feast for the eyes! It’s a perfect little island for a romantic date or fun outing with your friends.

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Thank you to Daniel for asking us about Gapado and giving us such a fun mission. If any of our readers or Facebook fans have any questions or missions for us, please comment on the CHIT-CHAT page! We look forward to exploring Jeju with you!

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