The drinking culture is alive and, well, drunk in Korea. Couple that with the fact that almost everyone has a car, and you can see where things have the potential to go. So what's a man to do when he wants to go out and get smashed, but doesn't want to leave his car at the bar?
Enter: The Designated Driver for Hire
In many Korean cities and towns there is a service called Daeri Unjeon [대리운전] (lit: "substitute driver"). When you're ready to go home, the substitute driver will show up at your place of drinking and drive you home - in your own car. Someone else will come to pick up the driver later.
The kicker: When I used the 대리운전 for the first time over the weekend, it was the same price as a taxi. Exactly.
Apparently this service is catching on in some US cities as well.
The next time you're at the bar, ask the staff for the number for a substitute driver, and store it in your phone. You never know when you might need it.