Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩4,526,514
Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩2,321,202
Seoul is the 4th most expensive city in Asia (4 out of 24)
Cost of living in Seoul is more expensive than in 54% of cities in the World (141 out of 304)

List of prices in Seoul, South Korea. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,594
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,599
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,082
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,625
12 eggs, large ₩4,059
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,545
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩10,790
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,427
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,526
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,620
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩28,127
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,872
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,929
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,739,770
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,453,890
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩231,042
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩855,589
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩627,125
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩133,081
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩30,874
40” flat screen TV ₩529,273
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩103,398
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,981
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩19,706
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩79,836
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩56,133
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩117,882
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩169,832
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩30,966,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,447
Monthly ticket public transport ₩67,377
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩11,413
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,939
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,347
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩31,551
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩14,172
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,949
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩9,538
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,744
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,594
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩15,334
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩33,167
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,223
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩144,373
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩64,858
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,841
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,208
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,794
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩530,009
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩157
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩61,897
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,555
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 574 prices entered by 129 different people.
Latest price update: December 05, 2019

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Seoul position in our World Ranking

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141st
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4th
out of 24

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