Cost of living in South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,358
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,073
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,781
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,596
12 eggs, large ₩3,640
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,412
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩13,205
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,858
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,326
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,373
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,181
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,699
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,843
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,595,410
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,241,140
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩184,413
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,012,220
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩578,413
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩204,369
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,022
40” flat screen TV ₩700,557
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩105,199
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,481
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,247
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩63,245
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩49,583
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩106,157
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩152,994
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,063,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,505
Monthly ticket public transport ₩65,021
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,982
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩8,358
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩15,367
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩17,850
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,368
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩5,789
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,784
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,304
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩16,306
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩26,429
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,185
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩112,351
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩74,506
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,822
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,056
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,669
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩602,179
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩194
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩79,610
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩7,784

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 184
2nd Bucheon 164
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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Seoul costs ₩120,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Seoul costs ₩44,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Seoul costs ₩1,550 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Seoul costs ₩10,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Seoul costs ₩15,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Seoul costs ₩0 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Seoul costs ₩8,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Seoul costs ₩1,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Seoul costs ₩16,000 (5 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Seoul costs ₩30,000 (5 days ago)