Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,212
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,190
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,799
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,411
12 eggs, large ₩4,741
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,604
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩10,676
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩5,777
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,786
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,891
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩22,972
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,699
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,137
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩2,116,700
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,507,850
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩146,592
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,023,900
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩767,955
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 ₩13,248
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 ₩34,083,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,476
Monthly ticket public transport ₩61,264
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩17,008
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) ₩7,939
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 ₩28,367
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,020
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩114,703
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩87,639
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,603
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,031
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,118
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 ₩4,597
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,140 prices entered by 199 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2017.

Seoul position in our World Ranking

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90th
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4th
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