What are Olle Grandma Homestays?
The Olle Grandma’s Homestays are a chance for Olle walkers to stay in a VERY local way with a Jeju grandmother in her home. It is also an opportunity for elderly grandmothers of Jeju to make some extra pocket money as well as keeping themselves busy into old age.
The homestay program began as far back as 2007 with Jeju Olle Trail before accommodation options became widely available on each route.
Where are the Olle Grandma’s Homestay Located?
The vast majority of the homestays are located on Route 1 and Route 2 with one on Route 3 and another on Route 12.
A stay will require some forward and active planning for international walkers. Most of the homestays are not directly on a route either. They are almost all not near a start or end point. Walkers will have to go on or go back to their homestay after finishing for the day.
Facilities and Amenities
Walkers should expect a clean, but simple stay. Walkers usually have a room to themselves in a single storey house and will use shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Bathrooms are usually Korean style with a wet room.
Some places do not have WiFi, so if you are a walker who needs to be connected for one night then you might need to look elsewhere.
Keep in Mind
Remember this is not a hotel or even guesthouse. Olle walkers will be staying in close proximity with the grandmother. It’s almost like staying with an elderly relative. Be mindful of this.
How to make a reservation
Unfortunately this is where it gets even more difficult for international walkers on Jeju Olle Trail. None of the grandmothers offer online reservation options and none of the grandmothers speak enough English to make a reservation over the phone. Therefore walkers who do not speak Korean should have a Korean speaker call on their behalf.
The office plans on registering the places with popular English language accommodation reservation web sites.
There is the possibility of just arriving at the home stay and taking your chances, but this is recommended as a last resort.
Please pay in cash to the grandmother upon arriving.
If you cannot stay at the accommodation after making a reservation please, please, make contact so the reservation can be canceled.
We cannot stress that enough and really hope for your understanding and etiquette on this point.
Recommended: Route 1 Kang Tae-yeo Grandmother (Route 1 Start Point)
Of all the home stays on the trail Kang Tae-yeo might be the easiest and best option for international walkers wanting this accommodation experience.
The grandma is located a one minute walk from the Route 1 start point.
Even though she speaks no English, she can call upon a neighbor on the phone or in person to help with translation difficulties.
Kang Tae-yeo has had many foreign guests over the years she has been open.