But, those are not the only things going on in Korea. So, here is a list of positive things about Korea.
Koreans make some kick-ass food.
Here are some examples (in no particular order):
1) Live (well freshly-killed) Octopus Tentacles
You need to grab these things with your chopsticks (kind of difficult because they use their suckers to really hold on to the plate) and dip them in sesame seed oil. Delicious! Note: some people eat the whole octopus (i.e. not freshly killed (i.e. not killed (i.e. alive))), but I haven't done that.
2) Beon-daegi (Silkworm Pupa (maybe larva (it is hard to tell)))
The above kind is the street vendor version. It smells like pee to me. But, the kind served in sashimi restaurants is delicious. It tastes and looks a little bit like a nut. I almost made James puke after letting him eat them for 10 minutes before finally telling him what they were. His gagging was hilarious. I wish I had taken a picture.
Ssamjang is a soy bean-based paste mixed with peppers, sesame seed oil, onions, garlic, green onions, and possible other things. It comes in not spicy to very spicy varieties. It is the best meat or vegetable condiment of all time. I might consider putting it on a hamburger as the sauce. It is delicious.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my meandering through one category of good things in Korea. I am sure I will add some more in the future.