Jeju Olle’s ‘Grandmother Homestay Bed and Breakfast’ accommodation option on the trail


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.


[Jeju Olle Trail Event Explained] Clear up the trash on Jeju Olle Trail once a month with the ‘Clean Olle’ volunteer group


I didn’t know so much work went into maintaining the Jeju Olle routes until now.

Really, I didn’t.

Previously I was a walker who enjoyed the routes purely from the walking side. I would arrive at a route starting point in the morning and wander along almost care-free for the day. I would follow the ribbons and arrows through the gorgeous Jeju countryside feeling the stress of the working week drain away.

Good memories were created. It was always so simple.


However, to enable me to have such days, groups of volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep everything functioning so people like you and me can just turn up and walk.

One of these groups comes together under the ‘Clean Olle’ banner. It is a group assembled once a month with trash grabbers and trash bags in hands to keep a selected route tidy.

On Mar. 9 2013, 32 volunteers arrived in Jeoji on the west side of the island for a 10 o’clock start at Route 14.


From Jeoji to Hyeopjae the type of trash changed markedly throughout the day. It started at the entrances to farmers fields with piles of bottles, rope, and bits lying about which had to be dealt with carefully. In the forest near benches and natural rest stops, orange peel, sweet wrappers, cigarette butts, and bottled water were discarded.

Prior to lunch we had coped quite well as a group. However, after a hearty bowl of sea urchin and cactus noodle guk-su, the situation changed in Weolreong.


The coastal area was carpeted in trash. We tried our best, but simply put, there was too much for us with the type of equipment we had. Therefore we tried to focus on specific, small, areas. We found slippers, so much glass, and polystyrene. Then when you looked up and moved on a little bit you realized how much there still was to clean.


One of the other foreigners who joined the event for the day and was certainly looking at this issue more closely was an American high school teacher, Jessica Carrier. Now working at an international school on the island she is, as part of a master’s program, researching the trash found on Olle routes.


“I’m going to be putting together this information with the other information I’ve collected from the other trails to look at what areas seem to be affected by unavoidable causes versus what areas seem to be affected by simple litter or trash that is left behind from tourists,” she explained.

“I want to map it out on Google Earth… to analyze the data and see if there are any commonalities between the type of trash being found and where on the trails is it being found,” she said.

What also strikes about the day is the work other volunteers do to help the volunteers collecting the trash. At certain points along the route one dedicated volunteer would arrive with their car to take away full bags and provide new ones. The leaders of Olle routes 5 and 7-1 were on hand to add ribbons to trees making sure the trail as adequately marked.


Leading everyone was Oh Soon-deok, an early graduate from Jeju Olle’s academy. She said the clean up days began in February 2010 after a group of graduates came up with the idea.

“At first we started with 10 liter bags, then 20 liter bags, and now just before Route 14 we used 50 liter bags and sacks,” she explained.

She also said all types of people come out for the day- from students, to teachers, to housewives, and people from the mainland. Even Olle founder, Suh Myung-sook, chips in. This, however, is the first time foreigners have participated.

“I recommend everyone to experience this event and feel it,” Oh explained. “The reason we’re doing this is to not only clean the Olle route, but we want to do something with meaning and valuable. Then we can have a good feeling… you can hardly wait for the next ‘Clean Olle’,” said Oh.


* This story has been updated and edited. It originally appeared on the Jeju-based Internet news web site Jnuri ( | By Jim Saunders