Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩4,945,482
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩2,589,192
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Seoul
Current as of Nov 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩11,255
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,767
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,143
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,358
12 eggs, large ₩5,436
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩7,258
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,923
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,334
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,415
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,301
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩25,778
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,638
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,723
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩2,247,340
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩1,357,370
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩285,485
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩1,455,390
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩843,674
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩109,270
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩27,891
40” flat screen tv ₩410,516
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩105,472
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,566
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,440
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩67,830
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩59,163
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩100,980
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩146,289
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,688,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,532
Monthly ticket public transport ₩77,984
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩14,543
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩7,123
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,501
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩30,830
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩15,753
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩10,736
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,520
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,631
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,616
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,124
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩32,943
2 tickets to the movies ₩22,232
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩203,675
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩61,500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,501
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,846
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,684
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩603,698
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩149
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩67,980
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,504
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 245 prices entered by 59 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2021

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