Cost of living in Daejeon, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,444
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,300
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,417
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩3,111
12 eggs, large ₩3,491
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,967
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩8,725
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,321
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,180
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,945
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩20,857
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,689
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,086
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩866,667
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩639,200
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩122,905
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩483,333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩462,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩89,927
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩24,053
40” flat screen TV ₩589,438
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩90,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩8,456
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩21,790
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩82,635
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩65,435
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩108,558
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩95,360
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,753,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,720
Monthly ticket public transport ₩66,192
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩8,091
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩6,073
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩9,794
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩15,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩12,000
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩6,336
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,036
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,402
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,153
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩10,448
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩22,563
2 tickets to the movies ₩16,667
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩191,874
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩50,755
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩7,249
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,640
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,233
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩182
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩69,286
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩3,450
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 32 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 16, 2018.

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