Austin vs Seoul

Austin 🇺🇸
Seoul 🇰🇷
Population 926,426 9,963,452
Official language(s) English (de facto) Korean
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) KRW - South Korean won (₩)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2184
Rent $1650 $797
Groceries $243 $356
Dining out $396 $211
Cafe $66 $69
Coworking space $331 $222
Mobile internet $40 $40
Public transportation $110 $40
Taxis $73 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $13
Sport and cultural events $54 $39
Museums and sights $11 $6
Nightlife $124 $93
Gym $62 $69
Yoga $139 $112
Massage $89 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Kakao
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow