Bucharest vs Istanbul vs Seoul

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 1,830,000 15,520,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Romanian Turkish Korean
Level of English High Low Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Istanbul Airport (IST) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - October April - June, September and October March - May, September - November
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1388 $675 $2268
Rent $632 $363 $827
Groceries $117 $45 $370
Dining out $169 $83 $219
Cafe $39 $18 $72
Coworking space $137 $51 $231
Mobile internet $7 $3 $42
Public transportation $22 $6 $42
Taxis $9 $6 $43
Shared bicycles and scooters $26 $2 $14
Sport and cultural events $29 $11 $40
Museums and sights $30 $15 $7
Nightlife $47 $22 $96
Gym $31 $10 $72
Yoga $61 $24 $116
Massage $32 $15 $78
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Turkcell, Turk Telekom KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber BiTaksi Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow