Seoul City announced that it will officially start operating an online service at the end of November that matches foreign visitors with compatible Korean host families to give guests the chance to experience the warmth of a Korean home.
The city government issued public announcements in newspapers from Oct. 4 to Nov. 7 to recruit at least 200 families interested in opening their homes to foreign visitors as part of Seoul City’s home-stay program. The local government recently announced the 200 members of its 2010 Seoul Global Family program, who were selected through a strict evaluation process.
The SGF home-stay home page will begin full service at the end of November, thanks to the cooperation between Seoul City and Seoul Tourism Marketing Co.
Prospective visitors can choose their host family in Seoul through the SGF home page(http://www.seoulhomestay.net), which will be available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese. Reservations should be made at least 10 days in advance. Payments can also be made after the reservations.