Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,653
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,350
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,512
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,580
12 eggs, large ₩3,533
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,394
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,916
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,810
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,209
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,512
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩18,943
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,950
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,099
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,540,140
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,165,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩172,687
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,021,250
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩630,573
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩164,223
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩24,792
40” flat screen TV ₩520,784
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩102,722
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,523
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,137
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩72,462
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩52,299
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩100,321
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩162,813
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩29,521,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,531
Monthly ticket public transport ₩65,234
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,116
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,491
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩35,877
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩20,195
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,294
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,111
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩4,085
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,460
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩17,690
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩29,617
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,545
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩105,003
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩62,264
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,209
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,895
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,529
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩609,338
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩204
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩83,253
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500

Map of Cost of Living in South Korea

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This map shows only the top cities in South Korea. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in South Korea

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Anyang 182
2nd Bucheon 161
3rd Seoul 144

Price 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.

Are you moving to South Korea? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Ulsan costs ₩4,800 (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Ulsan costs ₩100,000 (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Ulsan costs ₩6,000 (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Ulsan costs ₩8,000 (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Ulsan costs ₩30,000 (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Ulsan costs ₩40,000 (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Ulsan costs ₩20,000 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Ulsan costs ₩1,250 (4 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Ulsan costs ₩1,000 (4 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Ulsan costs ₩2,800 (4 days ago)