Took the KTX up to Daejeon earlier today.
A couple of things bothered me on the trip: 1) Got told to “turn off my phone’s ringer” on the train. More about that in a separate post that’s going to be titled “KTX train rides are way toooo sensitive” or the like. And 2) My belief that taxi drivers outside the south are truly just rude. I realize their jobs aren’t the most exciting in the world, but their greetings or even just the “thanks” they lack in giving is probably one reason why they’re paid so little.
However, here in Busan, they at least speak up (or rather respond) when you thank them or tell them “Soo-guh-ha-seh-yo” which is similar to thanking merchants. In literal terms, it means like “Keep working hard.” In Daejeon, when riding the two taxis, neither driver even made a grunt after I wished them thanks or the like after the ride.