Everyone seems to have been going back to the normal days when there was no corona virus, enjoying a picnic outside, going to outdoor festivals, and partying all night long. Yet, they struggle to go back home at night because they can’t get a taxi!
That’s because the taxi business faced a huge problem as the pandemic lasted over two years. During the pandemic, many taxi drivers didn’t have enough customers to make a living and there was no choice but to quit the job.
The late-night hours (11pm to 2am) are the hardest time to get a taxi. High demand, low supply. There’s just not enough taxis running around the cities. Moreover, even though you’ll see vacant taxis, some won’t let you in because the destination is not far enough.
Some people choose to stay at a jjimjilbang, a Korean style spa that runs 24 hours, or wait until the morning to take the first bus or subway.
FYI: Uber pulled out of Korea in 2015 as Seoul Metropolitan Government defined it as an illegal call taxi.