Cost of living in Busan, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩6,949
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,990
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,165
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,440
12 eggs, large ₩4,204
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩6,130
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩13,135
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩5,745
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,647
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,450
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩16,618
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,641
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,260
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,100,450
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩823,017
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩168,110
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩641,331
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩410,910
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩100,303
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩25,030
40” flat screen TV ₩679,832
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩84,588
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,134
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩20,193
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩86,350
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩51,173
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩87,700
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩95,368
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩34,697,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,557
Monthly ticket public transport ₩55,734
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩18,307
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,590
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,738
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩27,500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩14,140
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,708
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩5,390
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,324
Tube of toothpaste ₩1,859
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩17,052
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩19,667
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,452
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 ₩43,542
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,312
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,403
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) ₩377
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩59,900
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩3,534
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 93 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: November 19, 2018.

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