Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,225
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,940
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,861
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,762
12 eggs, large ₩3,535
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,312
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩13,039
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,658
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,591
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,565
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩26,047
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,965
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,077
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,852,260
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,510,960
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩185,120
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,072,410
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩648,941
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩231,799
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,692
40” flat screen TV ₩484,841
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩106,856
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩13,109
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩11,105
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩77,988
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩43,937
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩102,818
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩192,745
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩31,176,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,517
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,764
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩9,181
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,048
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,557
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩17,264
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,932
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,460
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,935
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,239
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,082
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩19,166
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,879
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,384
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩147,357
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩79,536
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,081
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,087
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,968
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩595,873
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩160
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩93,349
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩9,774
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 973 prices entered by 257 different people.
Latest price update: December 17, 2017.

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