Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district ₩7,988
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,832
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,493
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,504
12 eggs, large ₩3,359
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,435
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩8,407
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,631
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,745
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,429
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩20,686
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,583
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,377
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,559,690
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩233,243
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩24,555
40” flat screen TV ₩1,345,450
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt ₩99,256
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩13,591
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩12,177
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩104,386
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) ₩52,011
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) ₩105,743
1 pair of leather business shoes ₩131,278
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,956,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,857
Monthly ticket public transport ₩53,294
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) ₩10,096
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) ₩5,402
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,048
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,405
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,545
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩4,087
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,000
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩17,729
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩25,399
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,592
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩146,415
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert ₩53,520
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,568
Capuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,672
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,319
iPod nano 16GB ₩179,108
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩176
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩83,127
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,201
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,868 prices entered by 382 different people.
Latest price update: March 30, 2015.

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