Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district ₩7,455
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,513
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,103
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,496
12 eggs, large ₩3,372
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,205
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩7,518
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,606
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes ₩5,267
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,533
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,992
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,531
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,508
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,395,770
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩240,069
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩26,564
40” flat screen TV ₩1,038,770
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt ₩97,566
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,824
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩13,563
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩101,925
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) ₩58,221
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) ₩106,808
1 pair of leather business shoes ₩138,496
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,970,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,859
Monthly ticket public transport ₩49,378
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) ₩9,573
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) ₩5,661
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩10,041
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,059
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,457
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,594
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,658
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,495
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩25,108
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,574
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩163,075
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert ₩49,609
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,506
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,572
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,216
iPod nano 16GB ₩179,290
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩170
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩81,092
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,318
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,980 prices entered by 396 different people.
Latest price update: April 24, 2015.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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50th
out of 194
asia
4th
out of 19

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