Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district ₩7,718
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,505
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,234
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,518
12 eggs, large ₩3,686
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,051
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩7,932
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,866
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes ₩5,171
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,343
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,718
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,515
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,450
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,386,680
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩234,390
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩28,201
40” flat screen TV ₩935,088
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt ₩139,710
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,454
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,287
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩97,339
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) ₩54,605
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) ₩102,613
1 pair of leather business shoes ₩134,216
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,981,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,832
Monthly ticket public transport ₩50,077
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) ₩11,647
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) ₩4,668
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩9,716
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,455
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,225
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,594
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,831
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,158
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩26,616
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,953
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩177,366
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert ₩52,107
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,944
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,779
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,439
iPod nano 16GB ₩210,131
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩168
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩94,573
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,508
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,207 prices entered by 437 different people.
Latest price update: July 29, 2015.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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67th
out of 199
asia
4th
out of 17

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