When it comes to the most popular South Korean actors, there’s one recurring name that’s often on the tip of everyone’s tongue: Lee Min-ho. The actor, who currently reigns as the most-followed South Korean actor on Instagram, is often credited for his role in spreading the Hallyu wave all around the globe.
Lee is currently starring in the Apple TV series Pachinko, which also features Oscar-winning actress Youn Yuh-jung as well as breakout star Kim Minha. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Manhattan-based author and journalist Min Jin Lee, the eight-part historical drama has charmed critics and audiences around the world with its heart wrenching story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.
Alongside Pachinko, Lee’s previous work in other iconic Korean drama titles like Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs and The King: Eternal Monarch has cemented his status as one of the highest-paid actors in Korea.
Lee has amassed an impressive property portfolio, which includes not one, but two sprawling villas in Seongbuk-dong, nestled in the foothills of the mountains overlooking the city. Having served as home to royals during the Joseon dynasty, the neighbourhood has retained its prestigious air. The homes of many politicians and leaders of Korea’s conglomerates as well as ambassadorial residences are located in the area as well.
According to Korean news portals, Lee purchased both villas for 5.35 billion won (approximately US$4.3 million). The neighbouring properties sit on a massive land area of 740 sq m. Lee also counts fellow actor Lee Seung-gi as well as Kim So-hee, founder and CEO of popular Korean label Stylenanda, as neighbours within the area.