The ferry left at 9 a.m. in the morning on May 1 from Moseulpo Harbor to Gapa-do (island). The ferry cleaves through the sea into the chilly wind and takes about 25 minutes to reach the island.
Wind and barley fields welcome the guests ariving at the harbor and visitors are immediately introduced to the services available on the island, such as the bicycle rental service and minbak.
It is said the island is convenient for riding bicycles because of the gentle gradient along with its small size, island map and Jeju Olle Trail. The map displays that there are only 134 households on the island, with a population of just 292. Jeju Olle Trail 10-1 is introduced on a notice board, which explains the safety guidlines for walkers.
There are just 134 households on the island. Photo by Kim Jinmi.
Gapado has two wind generators with 500 kw capacity which adds a certain picturesque view to the island. This is the Gapado Carbon Free Island Project, which is a pilot project for eco-friendly green island development by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.
In the sea I could see haenyeo diving with sunbeams hitting the ocean. The wonderfully warm and peaceful scenes were not spoilt by the chilly, strong wind. Some haenyeo dried seaweed on the rocks and ground; after a curious visitor asked, a haenyeo said the dried seaweed could be sent by post if wanted.
A local woman dries seaweed in the sun. Photo by Kim Jinmi.
When the southern part of the island was reached, the view took in Sanbangsan, Mara-do and Mt. Halla, which was surrounded by several oreum. Around the fields, a notice board informed that the fields are lying fallow, as it is prohibited to use either agricultural pesticides or chemical fertilizer on Gapa-do.
It took only about two hours to walk all the way around the island and in the interior is the charming Gapado elementary school which has only eight students. All the visitors looked satisfied resting in the wind-blown barley, and the sea and sky seemed in harmony. As the small ship embarks again for Jeju, your stress has dissipated on Gapa-do.
Green energy is present on Gapa-do, which aims to be a carbon-free island. Photo by Kim Jinmi.
Bicycle rental fee information
(from 9:00 to 16:00 every day):
Adult (single-seat): 4,000 won
Adult (double-seat): 8,000 won
Child (single-seat): 3,000 won
Child (double-seat): 6,000won
Adult fare: 4,000 or 5,000 won (depends on ferry size)
From Moseulpo to Gapado:
09:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00
**For further information call: 064-794-5490
From Gapado to Moseulpo:
09:20, 11:20, 14:20, 16:20
**For further information call: 011-699-7059
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