Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩4,742,561
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩2,462,976
  • Seoul is the 4th most expensive city in Asia (4 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Seoul is more expensive than in 62% of cities in the World (78 out of 200)

List of prices in Seoul, South Korea. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,243
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,560
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,477
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,331
12 eggs, large ₩4,174
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩6,265
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,999
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,773
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,083
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,397
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩26,814
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,646
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,410
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩2,053,430
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩1,375,620
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩298,484
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩1,285,910
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩755,496
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩109,270
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩30,092
40” flat screen tv ₩362,068
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩104,479
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩9,942
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩12,811
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩72,873
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩55,608
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩105,719
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩168,969
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩29,775,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,456
Monthly ticket public transport ₩79,324
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩14,701
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩6,804
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,501
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩28,310
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩16,300
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩8,888
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩8,606
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,941
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,602
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩16,329
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩31,888
2 tickets to the movies ₩21,367
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₩177,731
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₩63,605
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,421
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩4,689
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,102
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₩595,350
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₩157
1 month of gym membership in business district ₩65,757
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,586
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 311 prices entered by 74 different people.
Latest price update: February 24, 2021

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Seoul position in our World Ranking

the world
78th
out of 200
asia
4th
out of 17

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