May 17, 2006

The Seoul home of Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon reportedly caught fire. According to Bae’s agency, BOF, on May 16, a fire broke out at his apartment in Samseong-dong, Seoul on May 7 around 8:00 p.m., apparently due to a short circuit.

The fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes by firefighters dispatched from the Gangnam District Fire Station. The fire caused property damage in the value of about 10 million won. But as the house was empty at the time, nobody was hurt.

BOF said on Bae’s homepage, "A fire broke out at Bae Yong-joon’s house due to a short circuit. But fortunately, nobody was hurt as the house was empty at the time. Please rest assured."

Meanwhile, this news has also been covered by major Japanese news media outlets, demonstrating Bae’s popularity in Japan. The Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports carried a detailed story on the fire under the title "Fire Breaks Out at Yonsama’s House." Yonsama is an honorific nickname of Bae Yong-joon used by the Japanese.

The newspaper reported when the fire broke out and how much damage the fire caused to the house.