Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩5,550,649
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩3,240,352
  • Seoul is the 4th most expensive city in Asia (4 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Seoul is more expensive than in 62% of cities in the World (85 out of 219)
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List of prices in Seoul
Current as of Nov 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,733
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,517
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,117
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,716
12 eggs, large ₩6,756
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩7,712
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩16,031
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,630
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,977
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,729
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,744
2 liters of coca-cola ₩3,003
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,466
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩3,187,450
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩1,635,570
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩255,318
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩2,311,950
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩897,246
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩114,684
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩27,367
40” flat screen tv ₩378,438
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩100,183
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,699
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩14,215
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩69,628
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩52,630
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩89,914
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩127,933
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,091,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,780
Monthly ticket public transport ₩57,777
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩16,290
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,748
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,336
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩29,755
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.) ₩7,635
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,684
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,527
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,215
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩29,836
2 tickets to the movies ₩23,420
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩259,590
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩69,204
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩14,727
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,192
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,307
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩631,358
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩143
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩68,584
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 196 prices entered by 60 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2022

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Seoul position in our World Ranking

the world
85th
out of 219
asia
4th
out of 21

Cheapest and most expensive products in Seoul compared to other cities:

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