The rise of the Korean wave didn’t just result to the global popularity of its biggest stars, but it also rewarded them for their hard work, financially. Of course, what celebs do with their amassed wealth varies. Where some stow them away for future plans, personalities who’ve been in the business longer are able to invest their money in upscale homes that will last them for years to come.
Here are 8 Korean actors who own luxury homes:
Jun Ji Hyun
In an episode of Korean show TMI News, it was revealed that Jirisan star Jun Ji Hyun now owns at least three commercial properties after she bought a three-story shopping mall worth an estimated $38 million. Her evident buying power has also afforded her a place in Samseong-dong, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Seoul. Ji Hyun’s apartment there is reportedly worth around $4.3 million.
Rain and Kim Tae Hee
Power couple Rain and Kim Tae Hee are known to be real estate savvy, having purchased and profited off properties of their own before they even got married. Together though, they reportedly have $72 million worth of real estate, according to Entertainment Weekly Live. This includes their $4.4 million home in Itaewon and their $2 million home in Irvine, California.
Last 2020, TMI News crowned Start-Up actress Bae Suzy as the top female K-pop idol with the most expensive home in Korea. As per the show, her property is located in the upscale district of Gangnam, and it cost her at least $3.3 million. Other established K-pop stars came right behind her in the list, Including SNSD’s YoonA and f(x)’s Krystal.
Lee Jong Suk
Yet another actor known for his real estate purchases, Lee Jong Suk currently owns a $4.2 million villa at Nine One Hannam. The high-end apartment complex is also home to other Korean stars like G-Dragon, Ju Ji Hoon, and BTS’ Jimin and RM.
In 2017, Jong Suk opened a cafe called 89 Mansion in Seoul. What soon became a tourist destination for K-drama fans unfortunately had to close down just three years later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The actor reportedly sold the building for a whopping $5.39 million.
Beloved soloist and Hotel del Luna actress IU made a luxurious investment last year when she bought a penthouse worth $11.7 million at Eterno Cheongdam. Once completed in 2023, the building will officially become the most expensive property in the country.
Lee Min Ho
Hallyu heartthrob Lee Min Ho has a number of properties under his name, including his home in the 21-story high-rise Mark Hills. In 2018, Korean media shared that the actor also bought two villas in the wealthy village of Seongbuk-dong for $4.3 million.
Kim Soo Hyun
As the highest paid Korean actor, it should be no surprise that Kim Soo Hyun is part of the list. The It’s Okay to Not Be Okay star resides in a $3.5 million apartment in Galleria Foret, as per TMI News. Described as “the finest living space in Seoul,” the building is located near Seoul Forest and boasts stunning views of famous landmarks like the Han River and Namsan Tower.
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