Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩8,498
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,139
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,852
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,709
12 eggs, large ₩3,536
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,565
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,634
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,351
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,602
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,400
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩24,392
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,719
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,969
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,802,280
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,477,330
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩180,931
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩993,093
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩636,770
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩201,115
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩28,885
40” flat screen TV ₩471,726
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩112,914
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩13,011
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩11,105
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩77,201
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩39,876
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩100,294
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩172,630
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩32,162,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,518
Monthly ticket public transport ₩63,458
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩9,181
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,048
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,557
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩17,264
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩11,932
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,460
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩6,935
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,239
Tube of toothpaste ₩3,082
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩17,740
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,519
2 tickets to the movies ₩19,350
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩165,985
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩91,915
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,692
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,925
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,015
iPad Air 2, 64GB ₩686,298
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩171
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩82,582
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩9,414
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,087 prices entered by 249 different people.
Latest price update: October 18, 2017.

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