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Cost of Living in South Korea

Cost of living in South Korea is 9.42% higher than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in South Korea is 44.75% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7,000.00 ₩ 6,000.00-9,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40,000.00 ₩ 27,000.00-50,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6,000.00 ₩ 5,500.00-7,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,500.00 ₩ 2,500.00-4,500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4,500.00 ₩ 3,000.00-7,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,465.29 ₩ 3,500.00-5,300.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,638.43 ₩ 1,000.00-2,100.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 828.51 ₩ 500.00-1,200.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8,906.53 ₩ 7,003.01-11,356.24
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,631.64 ₩ 1,814.37-4,535.93
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,877.49 ₩ 1,043.26-3,628.74
Eggs (regular) (12) 3,406.22 ₩ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7,066.29 ₩ 4,535.93-13,500.02
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4,568.48 ₩ 2,721.56-6,803.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11,327.10 ₩ 6,803.89-18,143.72
Apples (1 lb) 3,228.51 ₩ 2,267.96-4,535.93
Banana (1 lb) 2,079.86 ₩ 1,360.78-3,175.15
Oranges (1 lb) 2,764.68 ₩ 1,587.58-4,535.93
Tomato (1 lb) 2,676.20 ₩ 1,360.78-4,082.34
Potato (1 lb) 1,869.10 ₩ 997.90-2,494.76
Onion (1 lb) 1,499.56 ₩ 907.19-2,267.96
Lettuce (1 head) 2,484.62 ₩ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,304.88 ₩ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16,446.50 ₩ 14,000.00-25,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,214.34 ₩ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,081.48 ₩ 2,000.00-4,500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4,500.00 ₩ 4,500.00-4,700.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,250.00 ₩ 1,250.00-1,350.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55,000.00 ₩ 45,000.00-73,913.04
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3,000.00 ₩ 2,800.00-3,300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,609.34 ₩ 1,126.54-1,931.21
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 12,000.00 ₩ 10,284.00-20,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5,965.18 ₩ 5,299.58-6,435.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000,000.00 ₩ 28,700,000.00-35,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,056,878.19 ₩ 24,000,000.00-37,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 172,335.14 ₩ 100,000.00-298,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 139.16 ₩ 100.00-250.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 26,878.53 ₩ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 68,497.94 ₩ 35,000.00-100,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19,766.67 ₩ 8,000.00-50,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10,000.00 ₩ 9,000.00-12,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 426,363.64 ₩ 300,000.00-600,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,269,300.00 ₩ 15,000,000.00-30,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 66,179.14 ₩ 40,000.00-110,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46,121.83 ₩ 30,000.00-79,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96,155.80 ₩ 60,000.00-139,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 136,715.45 ₩ 80,000.00-200,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 655,141.18 ₩ 400,000.00-1,150,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 426,250.00 ₩ 300,000.00-650,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,592,036.92 ₩ 900,000.00-3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,005,682.67 ₩ 600,000.00-1,800,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,108,769.13 ₩ 464,511.33-2,188,251.95
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 563,705.24 ₩ 278,706.80-929,022.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,695,353.60 ₩
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.49 3.00-4.70

Prices in South Korea

These data are based on 4886 entries in the past 18 months from 583 different contributors.
Last update: February 2019
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