I used to think like you, especially about Chinese.
No, Hangul is stupid because it groups the glyphs together and I don't think they really have any if much spaces between words.
I champion Roman lower-case, I think it's the best of all possible worlds. But only after 15 years actually working with and learning all writing systems ever.
Hangul is not based on human mouth shapes, typical 1400's Eurasian nonsense, but Phagas-Pha, which is Uighur-lineage Proto-Semitic. I kind of think it was invented by the king, but I'm not skeptical where it's not necessary.
Let me tell you, Korean is a lot better than Japanese or Chinese. They group their glyphs in imitation of Sino-Japanese characters. It might also reflect historic areal writing system tendencies to top to bottom, right to left. I have learned and forgotten Korean alphabet many, many times. It is a joy. Of course, though I think they're very stupid and backward, my joy in life is hieroglyphic writing systems, so I hardly do anything with Korean.
The problem with them writing like that is that it makes their cursive much worse than it would be if it was a linear script. I think the Brahmi scripts are stupider though, worse than Arabic. They're extremely non-linear and redundant. What they did is adopt Aramaic together with something like a Semitic voweling systems - but for regular use ! Whose idea was that? Totally stupid. But I can see how it could happen. Modern Khmer orthography makes Modern English orthography look easy. I even think it's harder and more ridiculous than French. The French, by the way, are just silly to not totally revise their orthography. It's so antiquated though Old and Middle French are so utterly lacking. Those clowns think that French is Latin! Wow. French is pronuncable but annoying and it's a testament to who they are as a culture that they insist on all the unncessary diacritics (with which they went overboard and totally ruined Modern Vietnamese Roman Script) as well as spellings which are shameful. Modern English is a bit of a joke in that Middle English invariably matches modern pronunciation better. It's funny what writing systems and orthographies reflect. German is just excellent. But remember that in the 1800s they were using Fraktur, something worth considering. Fraktur is very beautiful, it is, but nonetheless ...
I also know you make good money teaching in Korea, though most of them seem to be total jerks. Koreans overseas in the Philippines are especially awful, just forcing the Filipinos to work slave labor for them, not paying them a decent wage at all, so they can live high on the hog with their clannish monopology on English language schools. If ever Asian greed, xenophobia, and snobbishness could get on your nerves ... They're a lot like Iranians, but not as bad. (Though Persian Arabic is a very nice, nice script, and the language is wonderful and influential in early 1900s science fiction ...) Of course, some are nice, very nice.
They have a warm and traditional culture about staying warm and heating the floors. Should you ever live in Siberia, you would appreciate what they've got going on. Just hopefully not in Seoul. As with China, the food, ah, the food is just awesome. I eat Kimchee very regularly.
The language is what interests me. Altaic and Tungestan-branch languages in that area have a really colorful and interesting history for writing systems, including the Shangri-La of writing systems, Khitan, Tangut, Jurchen, (sinitic), Manchu and oh so much more. In Linguistics, Japanese is related to Korean, but most Linguists are too inexperienced to be able to accept this. Nonetheless, the relationship is very interesting. North Korea is also a very interesting (and scary as hell) place, something of a land that time forgot as far as Asian cultures go (or is it?). Those guys are almost as scary as Scientologists, let me tell you.
But then aside from wanting to do more with the comparison of these languages, and of course working my way through reference grammars and trying my hand at common vocabulary, I haven't managed to do much with Korean yet. I hardly know what it sounds like, I haven't worked much with recordings of it. Sounds like Japanese to me, though, in the big scheme of things. In many ways it's a minority language among major world languages. Their scholarship is worse than the Chinese or Japanese, their older literature much poorer and harder to access than that of Classical Japanese, and they don't have the big money or the adventurous streak that makes Japanese attractive, despite its limitations. Arabic has a much harder script to remember, but it ends up being worth it, with the Koran in Classical Arabic and all the writings on science and their local ruins. "1,001 Arabian Nights". Korean? Meh. K-Pop is too plastic. The Koreans lack what the Japanese have for soul and concept.
Of the Chinese script sphere of influence, Vietnam interests me more. I like Southeast Asian languages. I wish I could get more into Classical Chinese or whatever written in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan, whereever. I'm actually in the building right now, but won't have the time until months from now.
Hey, does anybody know where I can buy input software for Korean or how that works ? I just found good free online (30 day trial, but I'll re-download) software for Japanese and Chinese. Is it just like Arabic, you switch computer language and keyboard and then type away ?
One of the funniest things in the world is how the Muslims think Arabic is divine to the core, writing system and everything, while the Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese, act that way to a lesser extent about their ridiculous and cumbersome writing systems, and that Westerners, some, believe them. KJC spend lots of time explaining how necessary and pleasant their writing systems are, while 15 years of study has shown me how Chinese characters are the most complicated writing system ever, getting unnecessary complicated in an exponential manner since 1500 BC and Oracle Bone Script. Reading through OBS inscriptions is the key to understanding how the Chinese have just let their orthography slide off into oblivion. Of course, before 1900 or so, all writing was in Classical Chinese, which is mostly monosyllabic and a lot better fit for orthography than Modern Mandarin, even so-called "Simplified", ha. This is just the corner of the world where scripts like Ancient Egyptian survive, staggering along. It's all part of a big program they have going on there, which is at times really great. Script mechanics and history are tied up with culture, aesthetics, usage, and not really so much the language typology per se.