Cost of living in Seoul, South Korea

Summary of cost of living in Seoul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₩4,851,383
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₩2,485,649

List of prices in Seoul
Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₩9,432
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₩6,856
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₩5,513
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₩2,545
12 eggs, large ₩4,230
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₩5,903
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₩12,516
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₩6,636
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₩4,468
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₩2,589
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₩27,304
2 liters of coca-cola ₩2,692
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₩3,270
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Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₩2,250,190
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₩1,206,190
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₩319,645
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₩958,268
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₩659,336
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₩133,081
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₩31,040
40” flat screen tv ₩542,260
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₩104,479
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₩11,885
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₩13,636
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₩78,704
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₩56,053
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₩106,267
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₩165,350
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₩33,342,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₩1,455
Monthly ticket public transport ₩77,007
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₩14,868
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₩6,168
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₩6,501
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₩34,865
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₩16,257
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₩9,949
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₩9,710
4 rolls of toilet paper ₩2,758
Tube of toothpaste ₩2,598
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₩16,011
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₩35,341
2 tickets to the movies ₩20,662
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 ₩68,859
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₩11,421
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₩5,171
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₩5,003
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 ₩70,723
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₩4,692
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 489 prices entered by 109 different people.
Latest price update: August 05, 2020

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