Yeah! I liked it too. I mostly liked this paragraph:
"South Korea has changed dramatically in recent decades. Many westerners, condescendingly, think ‘development’ is synonymous with ‘westernisation’ and while all the big cities have MacDonalds, 7-Eleven and an abundance of places to get your fill of lattes, Korea’s apparent westernisation is largely superficial. The centuries-old foundations of Korean society remain intact. A Korean code of manners is routine. Buddhism and Confucian ethics, perhaps a little diluted, and the importance of family still remain the basis of society here."
I have often tried to put that point into words, and this article did it pretty well.
One thing that I would point out though, is that while I totally agree that Korea is very safe for foreigners...don't fail to use good judgment. I've been driven in circles for a while by a taxi driver who figured out I had no idea where I was going. When I first got here, that happened a lot. Since I know where I'm going these, and can tell him mostly in Korean, that has stopped completely. Every once in a while an enterprising shopkeeper may try to take advantage of you. HOWEVER, I've had hovering ajumas (older women) put the shopkeeper in his place for trying to rip me off. I have had my apartment broken into, and I know a woman who was attacked. My point is....people are people in every country.
Not trying to instill any kind of fear, just be careful. Most people will go out of their way to help you, and it really is pretty safe--safer and more honest than where I grew up in some respects. Just don't totally let your guard down. If you are a foreigner, you are a target--for both good and bad deeds. Don't be stupid.