Cost of living in Seongnam, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,500
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,500
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩4,900
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩1,800
12 eggs, large ₩3,600
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,000
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩6,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,000
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩4,000
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,484
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩1,500
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,500,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩901,887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩150,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) -
40” flat screen TV -
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩80,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩110,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩120,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩150,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩20,417,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,420
Monthly ticket public transport ₩50,976
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩9,081
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩7,000
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩13,160
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩5,790
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩3,000
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,310
Tube of toothpaste ₩1,200
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,000
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub -
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,000
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩60,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩46,000
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,236
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,491
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩70,000
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 45 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 22, 2017.

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