Cost of living in Pyongyang, North Korea

List of prices in Pyongyang
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 11,003 ₩
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 4,500 ₩
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8,313 ₩
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,263 ₩
12 eggs, large 2,286 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5,870 ₩
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 4,263 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,813 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,678 ₩
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,437 ₩
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 6,359 ₩
2 liters of coca-cola 1,940 ₩
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,369 ₩
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,620,810 ₩
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,813,790 ₩
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 120,000 ₩
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,000,000 ₩
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 900,000 ₩
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 150,000 ₩
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 49,300 ₩
40” flat screen tv 138,103 ₩
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 60,000 ₩
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) -
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 73,087 ₩
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) -
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 51,586,500 ₩
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 799 ₩
Monthly ticket public transport 63,518 ₩
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 16,313 ₩
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 78,976 ₩
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,250 ₩
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper 8,967 ₩
Tube of toothpaste 3,977 ₩
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 100,000 ₩
2 tickets to the movies 76,555 ₩
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert -
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 67,999 ₩
Cappuccino in expat area of the city -
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 403 ₩
1 month of gym membership in business district -
1 package of marlboro cigarettes -
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 6 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2022

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