Well, I experienced a similar feeling this morning through the eyes of my wife (a Seoul native) and, I'd guess, a big portion of the Boston-metro Korean/Asian population with the opening of H-Mart, a Korean grocery chain that just opened their 31st US store in Burlington, MA. After walking the 1/4 mile from the satellite parking lot (it was total mayhem), we walked in and immediately felt like we had been transported to Seoul. The smells, tastes, products and people were all there.
Sure, there are plenty of small ethnic markets in Boston, but this was, from top to bottom, a sophisticated Korean grocer. The efficiency, the technology and, thankfully, the food court that you find only in Seoul was all there. Check out the Globe's story.
Anyway, I couldn't help but reflect on how much the world has changed and/or stayed the same.