Korean Tourism Offers Free Homestay
To celebrate the launch of their new website, Korea Tourism is offering the first 100 people to make a reservation before 30th June a 2-night/3-day stay at a Korean residence for nada, gratis, zip.
Whether this is good for the family or not is debatable. Generally, homestay families should benefit directly from their guests, it’s their way of making a living, but I guess as long as the lucky 100 who secure the holiday for free spend their money within the locale then the family will benefit in some way.
Where is Korea?
With the Sea of Japan to the north and the East China Sea to the south, Korea extends from the Chinese border towards the islands of Japan. It’s a country that, until recently, receives few overseas visitors, not only because of its location but also due to the political climate that has often overshadowed the good of the country – like far too many places.
North Korea is still a bit of a nightmare for tourists, the government rule with an iron fist, but visiting the country is still possible. Travellers must be on guided tours and have their tour guide with them at all times, which for some is perfectly acceptable. But if you want a bit of free-spirited travel, South Korea is the place to go.
South Koreans are eager beavers; they enthusiastically encourage tourism and are keen to send out a different image of Korea to the world.
The majority of tourists come from neighbouring countries and there was a spurt of international tourism around the Seoul Olympics but it seems the country wants to attract more travellers from overseas, and there’s no shortage of things to experience.
Attractions in Korea
Visit the ancient Suwon Hwaseong Fortress or trek to the peaks of Mount Seorak National Park, seek out one of the many festivals held throughout the provinces or try your hand, or foot, at the national sport and Olympic marital art, Tae Kwon Do – translated as ‘the art of hand and foot fighting’.
Places to stay in Korea
There are a range of places to stay in South Korea, including basic budget hostels and swanky boutique hotels but for a true Korean experience, why not book one of the many homestays (or Hanok stays) available, even if the freebies have been reserved, or, for something completely different, book a temple stay. Temple stays offer travellers the chance to experience life in a Buddhist temple where they learn about the customs, culture and Buddhist way of life.
There’s also an extensive public transport system across the country which means most places are easily accessible and within a day’s travel.
Visit the Korean Tourism website for further information.