Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
KRW USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,085 ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,376 ($5.63)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,544 ($4.90)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,491 ($2.20)
12 eggs, large ₩3,489 ($3.08)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,497 ($3.97)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩9,157 ($8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,375 ($7)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,140 ($3.66)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,615 ($2.31)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩20,110 ($18)
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,806 ($2.48)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,831 ($3.38)
Housing [Edit]
KRW USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,680,330 ($1,484)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩1,256,110 ($1,110)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩137,665 ($122)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩1,233,760 ($1,090)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩700,949 ($619)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩125,855 ($111)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩27,679 ($24)
40” flat screen TV ₩566,850 ($501)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩96,193 ($85)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩12,321 ($11)
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩15,692 ($14)
Clothes [Edit]
KRW USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩65,982 ($58)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩57,536 ($51)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩104,303 ($92)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩170,738 ($151)
Transportation [Edit]
KRW USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩32,210,800 ($28,452)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,585 ($1.40)
Monthly ticket public transport ₩64,617 ($57)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩10,324 ($9)
Personal Care [Edit]
KRW USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,918 ($5.23)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,419 ($5.67)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₩36,263 ($32)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩13,213 ($12)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,180 ($8)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩9,158 ($8)
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,605 ($2.30)
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,867 ($2.53)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩18,649 ($16)
Entertainment [Edit]
KRW USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩30,879 ($27)
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,520 ($18)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩116,974 ($103)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩66,161 ($58)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,430 ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,024 ($4.44)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩4,876 ($4.31)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩559,593 ($494)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩201 ($0.18)
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩59,992 ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500 ($3.97)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 821 prices entered by 240 different people.
Latest price update: October 22, 2018.

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