Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,004
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,033
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,635
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,373
12 eggs, large ₩4,050
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,548
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,769
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩8,091
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,440
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,938
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,732
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,587
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,252
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,307,670
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,581,590
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩157,471
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,124,900
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩824,211
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩199,226
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩27,918
40” flat screen TV ₩653,077
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩118,909
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩14,599
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩16,780
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩82,152
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩44,240
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩104,880
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩144,894
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,756,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,456
Monthly ticket public transport ₩62,775
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩18,588
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,494
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,493
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩14,791
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,481
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,542
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,817
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,470
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,028
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,803
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩27,013
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,637
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩45,733
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩86,810
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,181
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,884
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,559
iPod nano 16GB ₩213,153
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩267
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩81,958
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,626
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 866 prices entered by 140 different people.
Latest price update: July 24, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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84th
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4th
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