Wow is all I can say. This is NOT the Korea that I knew and loved. In some ways it is still the same place, but in others it is completely different. The first thing that we noticed was how expensive everything has gotten. On average I would say things are 5-10 TIMES as expensive as when we were he last . A cheap meal has gone from 800 Won to about 7,000 Won. Most meals are now 15,000 to 45,000 won for simple Bulkogi.
Another thing that is different is transportation. The subway system is great, and widely expanded since we were here last. Also the roadway system has greatly improved with nice wide lanes and lots of cars. The cars here are also very different. It used to be only Korean cars were available here, now it is everything under the sun. BMW's, Mercedes, Fords and Chevrolets are as common as Hyundai's. You also see many exotics, Ferraris, Mazerati etc.