Cost of living in Wonju, South Korea

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,500
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₩5,655
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩4,250
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,200
12 eggs, large ₩3,350
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩4,500
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩11,600
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩9,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩7,000
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩1,850
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩27,000
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₩2,450
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩2,350
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₩800,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₩500,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩275,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₩700,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₩461,905
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₩225,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₩31,196
40” flat screen TV ₩600,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩80,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,500
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩10,000
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₩80,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₩250,000
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩105,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩120,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩19,000,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,650
Monthly ticket public transport ₩18,000
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) ₩2,300
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩4,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₩6,000
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩4,000
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩4,500
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩4,000
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,000
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩63,000
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩32,500
2 tickets to the movies ₩12,000
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩125,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩87,500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩10,000
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,750
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩3,250
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₩1,000,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩58,000
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₩3,600
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 61 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: June 18, 2018.

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