Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,724
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,479
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,233
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,574
12 eggs, large ₩3,560
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,970
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 ₩2,654
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩19,983
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,847
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,582
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,557,150
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,229,470
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩137,803
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,200,980
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩677,083
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩161,667
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,509
40” flat screen TV ₩554,727
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩89,871
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,864
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩12,377
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩67,855
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩51,958
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩106,685
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 ₩1,572
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,321
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩10,684
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,623
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,301
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩35,768
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,718
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,162
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,877
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,619
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,961
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩21,077
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,951
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,370
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩127,042
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩65,554
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,520
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,902
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,832
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 ₩63,088
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 923 prices entered by 256 different people.
Latest price update: July 17, 2018.

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