Taxi rides that cost less than a dollar
Believe it or not, it's possible to get a cab ride that costs you less than a dollar here in Korea, today in the 21st century.
This seemingly impossible concept originated in Asan in Chungcheongnam-do Province, with the intent of solving the problem of public transport shortage in the countrysides.
For our newsfeatures tonight Lee Jeong-yeon went to find out how this system really works.
This is Jonggok-ri Village located in Chungcheongnam-do Province. It's a secluded village, with only one narrow path leading up to the village from the main road. 80% of the village population are elderly.
These three elderly villagers are sitting outside the Village Hall. It seems they're waiting for someone. Soon enough, a cab pulls in and they all hop in together.
"We're off to the hospital. We have to take the cab. Otherwise we can't go."
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But instead of being dropped off at the hospital, they arrive at a bus junction to change over to a bus that goes downtown. The fare: 100 won.
That ride was about 3km but it cost only 100 won, around 10 U.S. cents. How is that possible? This is a special 100 won taxi designed to make commuting easier for people that live in remote rural areas.
Currently in South Korea, 18 municipalities in areas that lack public transportation coverage have implemented this system.
These cabs go by different names depending on area, but here in Asan it's called "Majoong" which is Korean for "pick up."
The cabs aren't 100 won for every journey. A distance of 3km and under to the nearest bus stop or town costs 100 won, but anything over that costs 1400 won, equivalent to a normal bus fare.
Consumers can use the service at these low prices because the local government covers the rest.