Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,191
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,136
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,523
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,369
12 eggs, large ₩4,177
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,475
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,398
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,573
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,060
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,018
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩24,998
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,742
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,651
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,296,380
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,541,350
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩152,285
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,074,300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩789,631
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩188,369
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,416
40” flat screen TV ₩574,851
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩128,657
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩14,458
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,397
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩83,927
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩57,843
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩107,837
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩175,028
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩34,906,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,478
Monthly ticket public transport ₩64,683
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩14,214
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,056
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,683
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩11,876
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,753
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,033
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,171
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,212
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,353
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,831
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩26,740
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,977
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩51,929
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩69,897
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,333
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,075
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,472
iPod nano 16GB ₩201,384
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩199
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩83,375
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,651
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 956 prices entered by 159 different people.
Latest price update: October 01, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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4th
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