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The 4th Gapado Barley Festival is on nowClick here for an event schedule, ferry schedule and more
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승인 2012.04.23  11:33:01
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Please note there are event schedules and transport schedules at the end of this article. For Steve Oberhauser's review of Jeju Olle trail 10-1 which encompasses Gapado, please click here. For a previous story on visiting Gapado by Susan Shain, please click here. -- Ed.

A small island on the south coast of Jeju Island is launching its annual month-long festival celebrating the green waves not of the ocean, but of its historical crop: barley.

Gapado, only 0.84 km2 in area and located in 5.5 kilometers south of Moseulpo Port in Seogwipo City, is holding the 4th Gapado Barley Festival from April 23 to May 20. This year the festival began three days later than last year due to poor weather, and it will extend for a month in order to maximize the number of visitors to the festival.

The 180,000 pyeong (0.6 km2) of swaying green barley fields are ready to welcome one and all.

▲ A barley field sways gently in the wind on Gapado. Photo by Susan Shain

According to Jin Myeong Whan, Gapado village chief and festival organizer, the history of the relation of Gapado and barley dates from 1842, in the Joseon dynasty. The island began barley cultivation during the reign of the 24th Joseon King Heonjong. It was a food stuff.

The type of barley grown on Gapado (called hyangmaek in Korea) is used these days for beer, and sprouts the earliest in Korea. It grows twice as large as other types.

The color of the barley turns to gold in May. The mostly flat island provides such beautiful vistas of the green and gold barley fields that it has always attracted tourists, so in 2009 the village decided to hold its first annual festival.

▲ Photo courtesy Kang Bong Soo

This year visitors will have access to various programs including treks in the barley fields, making and flying kites, making barley bibimbap, a brown turban shell picking contest, the chance to catch sea food with one’s bare hands, watching women divers at work, a sea food auction, a song contest and more.

Many booths which sell Jeju special products or foods will be open for business as well.

“Gapado is becoming a ‘carbon-free island,’” said village chief Jin. “People are using electricity instead oil and we use no agricultural chemicals. You can see how the island has changed when you go to this festival.”

He added, “Enjoy the scenery of the wonderful green barley with the background of Halla Mountain and Sanbangsan. Come here and make memories.”

For further inquires, call the Gapa village office, 064-794-7130.


4th Gapado Barley Festival [April 23 to May 20, 2012]

Events
Times
Weekdays
Fridays
Weekends
Events and Experience Programs
10:00~
Barley field walks
Piling wishing stones
Song contest
Natural barley dyeing experience
11:00~
Making and flying kites
11:00~14:00
Drawing contest
Performances
11:00~13:00
Dad's a Cook
Times vary based on local tides
Catching seafood with bare hands
Observing women divers (해녀) at work; Sea food auction
14:00~15:00
Brown Turban Shell harvesting Competition


Transportation: During the festival, the number of passenger boat sailing will be increased.

Name of the boat

Weekdays (6 times)

Weekends (8 times)

Depart from Moseulpo port

Depart from Gapado port

Depart from Moseulpo port

Depart from Gapado port

21 Samyeong-ho (accommodate 294 people, 199 ton)


Samyeong-ho

(accommodate 91 people, 36 ton)


09:00

09:20

09:00

09:20

10:00

10:20

10:00

10:20

11:00

11:20

11:00

11:20

13:00

13:20

12:00

12:20

15:00

15:20

14:00

14:20

17:00

17:20

15:00

15:20

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-

16:00

16:20

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-

17:00

17:20

From Monday to Thursday, 21 Samyeong-ho and Samyeong-ho are operated on shifts.

From Friday to Sunday, only 21 Samyeong-ho are operated

Fare: 21 Samyeong-ho: adults 10,000 won (round trip), children 5,000 won (round trip)

Samyeong-ho: adults 8,000 won (round trip), children 4,000 won (round trip)


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