Cost of living in Pyongyang, North Korea

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List of prices in Pyongyang, North Korea. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12,563 ₩
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) -
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13,667 ₩
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,926 ₩
12 eggs, large 2,893 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 10,822 ₩
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6,000 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,000 ₩
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2,922 ₩
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of coca-cola 1,000 ₩
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10,000 ₩
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,213,490 ₩
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,800,000 ₩
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 185,000 ₩
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
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 [Edit]
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 72,639 ₩
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
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.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper 8,967 ₩
Tube of toothpaste 6,095 ₩
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment [Edit]
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) 786 ₩
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 79 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: January 12, 2021

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