기사님 – Driver

If you want to speak to a taxi driver in Korea, a polite way to call them is 기사님. 기사 means driver, while 님 is a polite suffix used when addressing people. Taxis are everywhere in Korea, and taxi drivers definitely have one of the most difficult and interesting jobs. Since the drivers work all hours of the night, there are numerous restaurants open 24-hours which serve hungry taxi-drivers as well as other paying customers. In fact, 기사님 might refer to anyone who drives for a living, such as truckers. If you look around, you’ll find some restaurants which say 기사님 on the sign, meaning that they welcome and cater to drivers. Of course, non-drivers can also go to the restaurant. Since driving is not a high-paying job, these restaurants will generally be inexpensive and simple.

This 식당 (restaurant) was photographed in Gangnam.

This restaurant specializes in 김치찌개 (kimchi soup) for drivers.

The bottom of this sign says 환영, which means welcome.