Cost of living in South Korea

Summary of cost of living in South Korea

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩5,452,438
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩2,908,350
  • South Korea is the 4th most expensive country in Asia (4 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in South Korea is more expensive than in 69% of countries in the World (23 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,612
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,356
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,149
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,613
12 eggs, large ₩6,813
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩7,479
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,932
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩8,304
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,341
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,659
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,440
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,755
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,043
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩2,686,220
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩1,540,950
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩367,954
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩1,084,300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩727,290
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩97,213
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩27,138
40” flat screen tv ₩414,153
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩89,786
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩14,381
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩16,891
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩67,617
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩50,605
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩92,287
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩128,682
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩34,108,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,813
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,543
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩20,397
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩30,000
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩21,143
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩10,699
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,643
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩4,790
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,069
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,160
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,485
2 tickets to the movies ₩22,394
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩184,986
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩62,809
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩46,718
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,830
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,000
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩702,853
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩151
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩66,294
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,505

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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Seoul costs ₩1,600,260 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Seoul costs ₩2,903,320 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Seoul costs ₩718,876 (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Seoul costs ₩1,000,570 (3 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Seoul costs ₩131,412 (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Seoul costs ₩94,000 (3 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Seoul costs ₩47,632 (3 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Seoul costs ₩67,143 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Seoul costs ₩22,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Seoul costs ₩65,952 (3 days ago)

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