Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,443
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,095
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩6,154
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,432
12 eggs, large ₩5,014
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,850
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,436
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,544
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,608
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,991
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩23,861
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,665
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,084
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,217,660
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,346,640
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩171,649
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,055,710
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩734,636
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩109,045
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩26,563
40” flat screen TV ₩516,654
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩130,597
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩13,977
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,245
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩86,860
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩58,355
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩108,358
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩174,036
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩35,133,300
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,464
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,104
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩15,398
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩4,930
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,462
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩9,508
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,006
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,648
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩7,104
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,006
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,814
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩13,771
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩27,538
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,879
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩50,782
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩81,985
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩9,403
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,199
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,016
iPod nano 16GB ₩199,050
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩191
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩83,357
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,641
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,018 prices entered by 175 different people.
Latest price update: December 03, 2016.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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87th
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4th
out of 25

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