Istanbul vs Seoul vs Tbilisi

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Tbilisi ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Population 15,520,000 9,963,452 1,108,700
Official language(s) Turkish Korean Georgian
Level of English Low Moderate Low
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, September - November March - June
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) GEL - Georgian Lari (โ‚พ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1324 $2550 $1363
Rent $711 $930 $700
Groceries $89 $416 $104
Dining out $163 $246 $157
Cafe $36 $81 $42
Coworking space $99 $260 $116
Mobile internet $6 $47 $4
Public transportation $12 $47 $8
Taxis $12 $48 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $16 $25
Sport and cultural events $22 $46 $20
Museums and sights $30 $8 $8
Nightlife $44 $108 $49
Gym $19 $81 $31
Yoga $46 $131 $35
Massage $30 $87 $49
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Magti GSM, Geocell, Beeline
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars Not customary or expected 10% usually included in bill, not expected at bars or cafรฉs.
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Kakao Yandex, Bolt
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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. Cuisine of the Caucasus meets regional diversity in Georgia. Emphasis on spices and meats (poultry, beef, pork and mutton) as well as soups and creams.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Kachapuri, kuchmachi, khinkali, chikhirtma, kharcho with gomi, jonjoli
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Small local restaurants, open bars, terraces and wine bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 10 options on Happy Cow