Strengths:From late winter to early summer is the best time to go to the island because the barley fields are in their full glory. One of the most serene walks, it has a no-rush feel to it. Perfect to enjoy and spend longer than the recommended course time. Notice the difference in the rocks for landscaping, they are different than those on Jeju’s mainland.
Weaknesses:There’s only three short signs to read in English; since it is an island and basically flat, the views will be limited to some extent. At only five kilometers in length, it might have been able to snake one more time around other parts of the island.
English learning opportunities:Three Olle signs: walls around houses and fields, barley field and wind, six mountains
Quotable:“The shortest of the Olle bunch, Gapado’s trail meanders around the island’s perimeter and takes only about an hour to complete. It winds along the stunning shore, where jagged black rocks jut in striking contrast to the azure water. Piles of prayer rocks, burial mounds smothered in wildflowers, and carefully arranged stone fences provide endless photo opportunities. Even the buildings add to the island’s charm, as many of the colorful houses are covered in vines, and many of the walls have brightly colored murals depicting island life.” -- Susan Shain, Jeju Weekly
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