Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,997
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,017
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,546
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,349
12 eggs, large ₩3,910
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,234
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,567
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,786
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,346
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,939
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,507
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,615
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,232
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,330,630
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,546,810
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩163,027
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,130,810
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩791,340
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩186,236
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩27,968
40” flat screen TV ₩678,711
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩125,007
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩14,694
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩16,997
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩87,065
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩60,253
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩107,605
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩188,519
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,057,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,454
Monthly ticket public transport ₩64,822
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩14,167
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,814
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,495
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩12,690
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩12,040
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,912
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,970
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,073
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,943
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩14,184
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩27,565
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,952
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩49,684
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩84,645
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,252
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,129
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,001
iPod nano 16GB ₩203,520
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩199
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩82,629
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,635
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 916 prices entered by 148 different people.
Latest price update: August 24, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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84th
out of 264
asia
4th
out of 27

Cheapest and most expensive products in Seoul compared to other cities:

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