The number of self-service gas stations is rising quickly in Korea. For the first time, self-service stations now make up more than 10 percent of all gas stations in the country.
Over the last six years, the number of self-service gas stations has increased exponentially from just 59 stations in 2007 to more than 13,000.
"With rising gasoline prices and increased competition, it's hard for gas stations to survive, so self-service stations have been increasing since they cut labor costs and other expenses that go into a full-service station," the owner of a gas station said.
Many of full-service gas stations are feeling the pinch. More than 600 are temporarily closed or have shut down this year.