Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,876
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,855
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,744
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,395
12 eggs, large ₩3,887
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,442
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,564
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩8,293
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,437
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,946
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩20,707
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,546
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,126
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,138,080
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,527,340
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩162,974
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,049,850
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩823,498
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩205,249
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₩25,676
40” flat screen TV ₩653,077
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩113,175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩13,544
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩17,463
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩78,846
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩41,832
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩102,505
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩138,117
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩37,170,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,487
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,641
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩18,645
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,134
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩5,398
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩15,179
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩10,830
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩7,245
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,440
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,207
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,085
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,949
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩26,201
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,503
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩51,873
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩78,096
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩8,814
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,933
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,752
iPod nano 16GB ₩208,058
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩279
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩82,192
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,633
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 871 prices entered by 141 different people.
Latest price update: May 30, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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115th
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5th
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