Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,886
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,333
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,424
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,524
12 eggs, large ₩3,437
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,056
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,567
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,006
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,215
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,600
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩19,981
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩3,005
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,500
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,628,690
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,307,450
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩149,422
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,117,480
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩653,113
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩173,314
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,539
40” flat screen TV ₩637,846
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩113,689
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,715
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩13,486
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩65,357
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩53,540
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩101,455
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩186,025
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,610,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,560
Monthly ticket public transport ₩61,817
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩10,681
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,437
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,301
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩37,552
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,698
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,360
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,160
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,121
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,721
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩20,738
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩32,115
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,874
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩129,649
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩68,728
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,520
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,726
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,335
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩570,817
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩203
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩68,446
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 876 prices entered by 267 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2018.

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