It was reported today that actor Jang Geun Suk recently purchased a six-story building worth 10 billion won (9.2 million USD) in the downtown Seoul area. The building, previously owned by popular comedian Suh Se Won, is located in Non Hyun Dong, a major business district of Seoul, and Jang bought the building with several co-investors in March, according to local media.
“Jang Geun Suk bought the building with the money he saved up over his long celebrity career. It wasn’t solely purchased for investment purposes; he’s planning to use the building for his own work, but specific purposes have not been determined yet,” an insider of the deal told Money Today Star News. Many KPOP stars—including Seo Taeji, Go So Young, Park Chanho, Lee Seung Chul, and Shin Seung Hoon, just to name a few—purchase their own buildings once they become financially stable, but not many celebrities in their 20s are able to buy a building of this much value.
Jang Geun Suk’s popularity all across Asia has been phenomenal lately, especially in countries like China, Japan and Thailand. He won the Most Influential Korean Artist Award at the 15th China Music Awards (CMA), the equivalent of the Grammy Awards in China. In Japan, he has been picked as the main model for cosmetic brand Nature Republic and will be releasing his first Japanese single next week. In response to his enormous popularity, Jang has even released his own iPhone application to personally update his fans in real time with photos, videos, and messages. Jang is currently preparing for his Asian Tour covering Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and China.