Cost of living in Suwon, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩7,167
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩6,000
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩7,583
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,291
12 eggs, large ₩2,600
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩9,000
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩8,749
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩7,915
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩3,960
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,000
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩8,000
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,250
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩1,634
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩764,612
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩150,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩600,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩250,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩32,085
40” flat screen TV ₩900,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩160,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩65,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩34,500
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩62,500
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,510
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩5,613
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩10,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩10,000
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) -
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩3,150
Tube of toothpaste ₩5,500
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩9,000
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩17,915
2 tickets to the movies ₩18,000
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩45,829
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩8,000
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,750
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,333
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩62,307
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩4,500
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 15 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: April 10, 2018.

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