1. Beer and barbeque.
Grilled belly pork, a bowl of dwenjang chigae and a cold beer is one of the best things about Korea. Chatting with friends, cooking your own food and leaving the restaurant smelling like charcoal and pig. An experience I could never get back home.
2. Lost and found.
So many times, friends have mine have lost or forgotten wallets, purses, umbrellas, bags, ipods and numerous other items in cafes, bars and restaurants. Yet these items do not disappear (most of the time), they remain in their location, looked after by kindly staff or strangers who return the missing objects intact. Of course my experience is subjective, but I know that compared to the UK your chances of getting back missing items here is far greater than in London.... Except for Gwangjang Market....
3. Everything is open all the time.
Convenience, convenience, convenience. Shops open here longer and later. Sunday may be the holy day of rest in some countries, but in Seoul I can get what I need late on Sunday night without even having to worry about early closing. Plus the joys of 24 hour convenience stores still amaze me.
4. More festivals and special events than you can shake a stick at.
Dear god, there are too many of them. Every weekend there seems to be something going on (usually for free) and if you are so inclined then you can spend all your free time attending the most interesting and esoteric events.
5. Korean Genre Cinema.
Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. Need I say more?
6. Food Carts, Orange Tents and Vegetable Sellers.
On my way home I can walk past fresh fruit and veg for sale at remarkably low prices. The quality is always good and the sellers are friendly. I'd much rather buy my mushrooms by the side of the road than from E-mart. Damn sight cheaper and a lot tastier. The food carts and orange tents allow us a myriad of tasty experiences as long as we don't think too hard about the lack of running water or health and safety standards.
7. Fast Internet.
It's fast, it's very fast...
8. Immediate repairs/installation.
No "wait three weeks" or "we will arrive between the hours of 6.00am and 9.00pm". If you need something fixed, delivered or installed then it can usually be done in a flash. If I have a problem, I call someone and they fix it almost immediately. No waiting, no snarky customer service and no long slide into depression.
Chicken, red pepper paste, rice cakes, cabbage, sweet potato. All mixed together and cooked in front of you on an iron plate. Heavenly!
10. Kangwon Province.
I've been there three or four times and the north-east coast of South Korea is my favourite place to visit. Delicious seafood, beautiful coastline, incredible mountains and amazing cultural/historical sites. 강원도의 힘!