Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,877
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,184
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,984
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,417
12 eggs, large ₩3,830
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,163
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,242
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,017
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,834
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,789
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩21,921
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,703
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,774
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,114,590
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,486,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩154,182
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,037,840
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩754,491
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩109,045
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,607
40” flat screen TV ₩459,483
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩132,515
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩14,115
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩12,993
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩71,771
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩65,669
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩103,694
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩179,357
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩33,108,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,478
Monthly ticket public transport ₩62,264
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩10,133
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,775
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,462
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩7,941
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,006
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,549
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,014
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,183
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,981
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,149
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩27,623
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,096
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩138,997
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩100,721
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,405
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,000
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,937
iPod nano 16GB ₩196,728
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩191
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩79,959
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,574
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,043 prices entered by 216 different people.
Latest price update: March 25, 2017.

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