Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,657
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,671
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,331
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,471
12 eggs, large ₩3,733
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,260
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,519
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩8,879
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,628
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,023
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,971
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,568
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,206
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,203,400
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,429,940
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩250,821
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,200,010
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩837,713
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩234,202
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩29,518
40” flat screen TV ₩816,052
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩122,060
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩12,668
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩16,338
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩84,551
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩43,884
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩105,993
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩139,573
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩34,285,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,618
Monthly ticket public transport ₩59,203
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩11,927
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,742
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,651
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩17,555
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩10,966
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,274
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,409
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,539
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,895
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩14,460
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩27,739
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,070
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩59,810
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩66,558
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,182
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,865
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,777
iPod nano 16GB ₩199,209
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩250
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩86,003
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,573
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,644 prices entered by 502 different people.
Latest price update: February 10, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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104th
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asia
4th
out of 22

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