Cost of living in Busan, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩6,688
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,893
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,999
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,462
12 eggs, large ₩4,267
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,849
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩13,997
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩4,909
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,155
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,303
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩14,355
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,395
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,263
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩996,032
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩788,600
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩165,037
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩628,079
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩407,150
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩100,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,028
40” flat screen TV ₩932,421
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩75,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,308
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩20,127
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩81,986
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩51,329
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩89,086
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩114,454
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,131,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,642
Monthly ticket public transport ₩52,557
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩16,723
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,770
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩10,425
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩9,267
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩15,425
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,375
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,026
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,394
Tube of toothpaste ₩1,859
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,893
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩18,556
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,432
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩37,200
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩41,842
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,312
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,537
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,791
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩775,195
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩374
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩59,900
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩3,309
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 220 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2017.

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