Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,955
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,527
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,389
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,504
12 eggs, large ₩3,439
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,350
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩10,042
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,947
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,209
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,561
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩19,027
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,695
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,141
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,523,360
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,068,520
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩145,685
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩996,371
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩614,461
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩145,621
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,564
40” flat screen TV ₩532,530
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩98,292
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩10,886
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩13,123
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩81,904
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩51,241
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩102,290
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩163,609
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,507,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,544
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,503
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,744
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩9,743
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩34,694
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩14,237
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,298
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,147
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,285
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,373
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,875
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,416
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,260
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩104,758
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩59,552
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩8,912
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,964
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,695
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩600,313
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩170
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩80,946
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.

Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Seoul costs ₩4,000 (3 days ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Seoul costs ₩4,200 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Seoul costs ₩2,400 (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Seoul costs ₩4,900 (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Seoul costs ₩10,000 (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Seoul costs ₩300,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Daejeon costs ₩1,600 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Seoul costs ₩30,000 (7 days ago)