There is a steady increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Korea. There are also a growing number of diverse types of lodgings for them including hotels, guesthouses, and Airbnb. Many people think that the overall quality of their trip is influenced by the type of lodgings where they stay. Some foreign tourists would like to have a first-hand experience of Korean culture by staying in a Korean family’s house. In such case, what are they supposed to do if they don’t have any friend or at least someone they know in the country? They can use the HomestayKorea service, which arranges their homestay with local Korean families. The service helps backpackers feel at home and have a hands-on experience of Korean family culture during their stay in the country.
HomestayKorea is a business that matches foreign tourists with Korean families across the country including Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Busan, and Incheon. At the end of their stay in the country, foreign visitors say that the homestay enabled them to make new friends and sweet memories.
I paid a visit to President Jang Myeong-jin of HomestayKorea, which carries out activities for the exchange of international cultures, to ask a few questions. He looked genial and kindhearted. I was deeply impressed with him, a person striving to help foreign visitors have a pleasant experience in the country.