Value of 1990 South Korean Won today

₩100 in 1990
₩278.73 in 2022

The inflation rate in South Korea between 1990 and today has been 178.73%, which translates into a total increase of ₩178.73. This means that 100 won in 1990 are equivalent to 278.73 won in 2022. In other words, the purchasing power of ₩100 in 1990 equals ₩278.73 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 3.26%.

Inflation timeline in South Korea (1990 - 2022)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of ₩100 due to compound inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchasing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (KRW) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were extrapolated from the latest 12-month rolling average official data.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Cumulative inflation 1990-2021 166.37%
Cumulative inflation 1990-today 178.73%
Avg. Annual inflation 1990-2021 3.21%
CPI 1990 40.56
CPI 2021 108.05
CPI 2022-04 (latest official data) 112.64
CPI today 113.07

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula or the compound interest formula.

Using the CPI formula

When we have both the start and end years, we can use the following formula:

Valuet =Value0 ×
CPIt/CPI0

To obtain the values equivalent in buying power between 1990 and 2021, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2021
=Value1990 ×
CPI2021/CPI1990
=₩ 100 ×
108.05/40.56
₩266.37

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 113.07:

Valuetoday
=Value1990 ×
CPItoday/CPI1990
=₩ 100 ×
113.07/40.56
₩278.73

Alternative: Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes with time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as compound interest, we can use the following formula: FV = PV × (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are ₩100 worth today. There are 31 years between 1990 and 2021 and the average inflation rate was 3.2108%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2021
=PV × (1 + i)n
=₩100 × (1 + 0.032108)31
₩266.37

South Korea inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
₩1 won in 1990 ₩2.66 won in 2021
₩5 won in 1990 ₩13.32 won in 2021
₩10 won in 1990 ₩26.64 won in 2021
₩50 won in 1990 ₩133.18 won in 2021
₩100 won in 1990 ₩266.37 won in 2021
₩500 won in 1990 ₩1,331.84 won in 2021
₩1,000 won in 1990 ₩2,663.68 won in 2021
₩5,000 won in 1990 ₩13,318.42 won in 2021
₩10,000 won in 1990 ₩26,636.85 won in 2021
₩50,000 won in 1990 ₩133,184.24 won in 2021
₩100,000 won in 1990 ₩266,368.48 won in 2021
₩500,000 won in 1990 ₩1,331,842.38 won in 2021
₩1,000,000 won in 1990 ₩2,663,684.75 won in 2021
Cumulative inflation From 1990 178.73%
Avg. annual inflation From 1990 3.26%
CPI 1990 40.56
CPI today 113.07

Value of Won over time (by year)

Period Value
1990 100
1991 109.33
1992 116.13
1993 121.7
1994 129.33
1995 135.12
1996 141.78
1997 148.07
1998 159.19
1999 160.49
2000 164.11
2001 170.79
2002 175.51
2003 181.67
2004 188.2
2005 193.38
2006 197.72
2007 202.73
2008 212.2
2009 218.05
2010 224.46
2011 233.5
2012 238.61
2013 241.71
2014 244.79
2015 246.52
2016 248.92
2017 253.76
2018 257.5
2019 258.49
2020 259.88
2021 266.37
2022-04 277.68
Today 278.73

All available years

Today's value of south korean won by year:

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