Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,931
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,396
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩4,439
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,558
12 eggs, large ₩3,685
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,516
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,240
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,389
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,670
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,329
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,182
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,541
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,969
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,283,350
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩992,118
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩151,822
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩750,746
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩495,226
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩84,737
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,424
40” flat screen TV ₩394,009
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩76,726
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,627
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩21,912
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩78,411
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩36,864
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩101,016
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩129,885
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩29,704,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,532
Monthly ticket public transport ₩57,624
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩6,068
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,346
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩24,884
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩13,179
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩6,833
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,883
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,177
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,812
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,001
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩32,761
2 tickets to the movies ₩21,171
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩186,616
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩60,745
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩8,956
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,250
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,741
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩588,221
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩287
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩81,212
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,553

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:
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 Bucheon 157
2nd Seoul 135
3rd Busan 129

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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Seoul costs ₩4,500 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Seoul costs ₩4,000 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Seoul costs ₩4,500 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Seoul costs ₩100,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Seoul costs ₩22,000 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Seoul costs ₩35,000 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Seoul costs ₩15,000 (1 day ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Seoul costs ₩7,500 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Seoul costs ₩1,200 (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Seoul costs ₩3,500 (1 day ago)