Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,733
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,092
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,888
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,510
12 eggs, large ₩3,715
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,000
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,347
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,605
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,969
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,117
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩24,428
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,725
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,110
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,121,060
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,623,540
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩193,777
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,131,010
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩648,826
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩230,565
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩28,372
40” flat screen TV ₩706,107
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩121,088
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,329
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,928
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩71,006
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩63,671
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩101,822
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩168,730
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩32,141,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,491
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,718
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩9,743
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,764
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,550
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩7,512
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,377
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,465
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,402
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,255
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,081
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩16,244
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩30,692
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,195
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩119,540
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩86,296
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,893
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,203
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,059
iPod nano 16GB ₩192,460
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩190
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩78,311
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩11,581
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,081 prices entered by 220 different people.
Latest price update: April 28, 2017.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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4th
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