We didn't have enough room in the magazine to show all the incredible food I was fortunate enough to try in Korea, so here's a larger sampling. I was amazed at the variety of dishes and the beauty of the food. I can't wait to go back to Korea—next time with my husband and kids! (Read about my journey here.) My brother Tim is the first to lift a wiggly tentacle of "live" octopus. The octopus wasn’t alive, really—the animated tentacles were already separated from the rest of the animal.

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Photography: Lauryn IshakMore: Bring Korea to your kitchen with these Korean Recipes.