Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

List of prices in Seoul, South Korea. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,168
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,422
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩4,788
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,514
12 eggs, large ₩3,556
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,519
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,157
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,626
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,140
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,546
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩20,476
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,791
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,316
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,566,500
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,283,570
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩137,665
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,030,150
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩610,508
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩125,855
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,354
40” flat screen TV ₩566,850
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩96,193
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩12,321
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,355
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩70,974
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩54,314
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩100,539
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩163,823
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,814,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,581
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,026
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩10,329
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,918
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,419
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩36,263
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩13,213
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,180
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩9,158
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,605
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,867
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩17,222
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩30,721
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,248
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩126,280
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩61,128
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,533
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,265
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,885
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩559,593
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩201
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩54,879
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,524
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 776 prices entered by 221 different people.
Latest price update: January 15, 2019.

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