Workers in Gangnam Spend Most on Lunch

  • By Jang Hyeong-tae

    October 21, 2022 11:10

    The part of Seoul where salaried workers have to pay the most for lunch is Samseong-dong in Gangnam District.
    The average price of lunch in the swish neighborhood is W15,000, twice as much as the IT hub of Gasan-dong in Geumcheon District (US$1=W1,433).
    NHN Payco analyzed 2.3 million mobile payment data of salaried workers using the service.
    The next most expensive places are Yeouido (W12,500), Gangnam (W12,000) and Seocho (W11,000). But lunches were relatively cheap in Gasan-dong (W7,500) and Guro-dong (W7,000).
    Businesses in the Seoul metropolitan area give their staff around W8,000 per meal on average, up from W6,000 in 2017. An NHN Payco staffer said, "The average cost of lunch is similar to last year, but it looks like businesses have cut back on benefits for workers due to the slow economy."
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