Korea is just like the United States in this regard; whether or not a taxi accepts pets into their vehicle is completely up to the driver. I think in America and Korea, drivers will simply refuse service because they don’t like animals, they don’t trust them, or they worry about a ‘mess’ that the animal will leave behind. I think most taxi drivers are more accommodating if the pet is in a carrier though. Unfortunately for me, lugging around a carrier for a 45 lb (18 kg) dog is not really feasible for a quick trip (15 min. drive) to the vet. As a result, I have had to walk my dog to the vet office–a 75 minute walk ONE way.
One thing that differs is WHY some taxi drivers refuse service. This is something that I learned from a Korean:
There have been incidents of some Koreans who purposely look for taxis that have driven an animal. Then they will then take that cab SOLELY to file a health complaint citing illness or allergies due to the previous animal passenger (not because they actually became sick). In effect, they basically ‘sue’ taxi drivers to get free money.
Honestly, I was at a loss for words when I heard this. I couldn’t believe people would ACTUALLY do it.