Food: Triangle Kimbaps in the convenience stores
Samgyeopsal or pork belly on the grill is amazing. Better than bacon.
Street food that is heavily fried and the fish broth soup that comes along with it. Amazing pick me up at night or in the middle of the day if you are feeling down.
Safety: I always felt safe in Korea. Even walking alone at 4AM in the pouring rain without wifi or any direction, I was never looking over my shoulder. I see kids as young as 8 walking alone or biking alone through their neighborhood, even at night. I just had a feeling of safety at all times, compared to even a place as safe as Toronto. There were many things I would not have done such as try to find a location at 3AM in Gangnam, in downtown Toronto.
Public Transit: Taking the TTC was a little disappointing when I got back to Toronto. The system in place in Korea for transit is just so much better. There is signal at all times, there are accurate train arrival times, the T-Money system, multple lines, I could go on and on. You don’t need a car in Korea, subway and buses can take you literally everywhere. It makes me sad in Toronto because I know that in order to get to that level, billions would have to be spent upgrading our current system. The KTX system works wonders as well. There was a train from Daejeon to Seoul almost every 15 minutes. That is an hour ride on the KTX at 300KM/hr. It is so convenient and the efficiency is amazing, everything runs smoothly.
Clubbing and Nightlife: Of course I miss the nightlife in Korea. It never ends, I feel safe so I have no problem walking around in the mornings and everything is always open. If I come out at 4AM and I feel like a fresh burger or some Bingsoo, no problem! The clubs are often fairly cheap (excluding Gangnam) and high quality with lasers, and smoke.