Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,332
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,173
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,871
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,572
12 eggs, large ₩3,440
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,426
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,035
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,213
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,774
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,693
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,828
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,967
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,195
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,557,810
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,150,180
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩175,020
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,114,250
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩577,350
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩221,247
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩25,407
40” flat screen TV ₩561,117
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩100,148
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,511
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,137
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩67,733
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩60,674
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩105,148
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩164,866
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩29,927,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,521
Monthly ticket public transport ₩69,869
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,619
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩7,944
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩39,310
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩20,195
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,538
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,884
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩5,290
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,588
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,573
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩29,674
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩127,417
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩60,138
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,889
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,937
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,600
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩609,338
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩210
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩86,365
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩8,298

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 180
2nd Bucheon 159
3rd Seoul 147

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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Seoul costs ₩1,000,000 (3 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Seoul costs ₩400,000 (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Daejeon costs ₩3,000 (6 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Daejeon costs ₩3,200 (6 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Daejeon costs ₩4,000 (6 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Daejeon costs ₩20,000 (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Daejeon costs ₩12,000 (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Daejeon costs ₩13,400 (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Daejeon costs ₩9,900 (6 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Daejeon costs ₩12,000 (6 days ago)