Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,985
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,528
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩4,957
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,498
12 eggs, large ₩3,427
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,263
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩10,856
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,767
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,225
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,513
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩19,403
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,739
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,350
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,541,380
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,108,410
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩148,919
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩994,024
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩612,536
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩132,259
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩25,690
40” flat screen TV ₩512,162
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩97,084
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,442
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩13,547
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩83,855
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩54,603
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩96,827
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩153,217
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,660,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,556
Monthly ticket public transport ₩65,989
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,647
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩7,057
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩32,530
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩10,272
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,076
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,730
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,061
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,686
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,295
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩30,601
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,654
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩118,894
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩60,511
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,150
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,929
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,728
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩597,994
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩382
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩76,765
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 Bucheon 161
2nd Seoul 143
3rd Busan 127

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?

Find out what is the real equivalent in South Korea of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Seoul costs ₩4,000 (5 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Seoul costs ₩100,000 (5 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Seoul costs ₩8,000 (5 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Seoul costs ₩3,500 (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Seoul costs ₩2,000 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Seoul costs ₩8,000 (5 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Seoul costs ₩3,500 (5 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Seoul costs ₩80,000 (5 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Seoul costs ₩12,000 (5 days ago)
  • 12 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Seoul costs ₩6,000 (5 days ago)