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Inside Big Bang’s Taeyang and Min Hyo-rin’s new luxury home – K-pop celebrities BTS, G-Dragon and Blackpink also live in the upscale Hannam neighbourhood dubbed the ‘Beverly Hills of Seoul’

From one expensive apartment to an even more high-end one in Hannam, here’s how Korean celebrity couple Taeyang and Min Hyo-rin are living it up

From one expensive apartment to an even more high-end one in Hannam, here’s how Korean celebrity couple Taeyang and Min Hyo-rin are living it up

23 Jan 2022 - 11:00AM
7 Korean stars born in the Year of the Tiger – and how their 2022’s looking, from K-pop girl band Twice’s Dahyun to Hellbound star Yoo Ah-in, and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Kim Seon-ho

Idols like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Kim Seon-ho, Hellbound’s Yoo Ah-in and Twice’s Dahyun were all born in the year of the tiger – so what’s in store for them this year?

Idols like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Kim Seon-ho, Hellbound’s Yoo Ah-in and Twice’s Dahyun were all born in the year of the tiger – so what’s in store for them this year?

14 Jan 2022 - 3:34PM
4 Korean celebrity couples’ luxury honeymoons – Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung splurged on a week in the Maldives while former K-pop idol Eun Ji-won jetted to Hawaii

Thinking about your honeymoon destination once the world opens back up? Perhaps you can take inspiration from Korean stars such as Lee Byung-hun and Lee Young-ae …

Thinking about your honeymoon destination once the world opens back up? Perhaps you can take inspiration from Korean stars such as Lee Byung-hun and Lee Young-ae …

10 Jan 2022 - 10:00AM
Life after K-pop: as Jay Park retires, here’s what 5 more idols did after quitting showbiz – from Ahn Eun-jin’s YouTube videos to Lee Ji-yeon’s chef career and Lee So-eun becoming a lawyer

Jay Park’s shock news of his retirement as CEO of his music companies – and possibly from K-pop altogether – got us thinking about when other stars announced they were hanging up their microphones

Jay Park’s shock news of his retirement as CEO of his music companies – and possibly from K-pop altogether – got us thinking about when other stars announced they were hanging up their microphones

4 Jan 2022 - 4:52PM
The real life Santas of K-pop: stars like IU, Exo and Bae Suzy love to treat their fans all year round – but which idol’s gifts were the most OTT?

IU doesn’t just give fellow idols G-Dragon and Twice thoughtful gifts, but likes to make sweet gestures to her fans too – so which other K-pop idols are the best gift givers of all time?

IU doesn’t just give fellow idols G-Dragon and Twice thoughtful gifts, but likes to make sweet gestures to her fans too – so which other K-pop idols are the best gift givers of all time?

25 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
K-pop idols’ most epic wedding dresses, from Lee Hyori’s US$120 vintage shop find and Eugene of S.E.S.’ Monique Lhuillier gown, to Crayon Pop singer Soyul’s A-line design with 3D detailing

From Lee Hyori’s US$120 vintage shop find to former Wonder Girls member Hyerim’s customised shoes and S.E.S.’ Eugene’s US$8,000 Monique Lhuillier luxury gown, which idols aced it on their big day?

From Lee Hyori’s US$120 vintage shop find to former Wonder Girls member Hyerim’s customised shoes and S.E.S.’ Eugene’s US$8,000 Monique Lhuillier luxury gown, which idols aced it on their big day?

20 Dec 2021 - 3:18PM
10 rich Korean stars who had humble weddings, from Rain and Kim Tae-hee’s modest ceremony to Lee Hyori’s US$120 dress, and Netflix’s My Name star Park Hee-soon’s intimate nuptials

Power couples from Lee Na-young and Won Bin to Rain and Kim Tae-hee went for intimate ceremonies over opulent extravaganzas – so just how little did they spend?

Power couples from Lee Na-young and Won Bin to Rain and Kim Tae-hee went for intimate ceremonies over opulent extravaganzas – so just how little did they spend?

16 Dec 2021 - 12:14PM
4 times Korean stars had luxurious blowout weddings, from Jun Ji-hyun’s multimillion-dollar tiara to K-pop star Lee Hyori’s menu created by MasterChef Korea winner Kim Seungmin

From Lee Hyori’s trendsetting small ceremony, to Bae Yong-joon and Tasty Road host Park Soo-jin giving out free meals to fans, these K-stars went all out on their big day

From Lee Hyori’s trendsetting small ceremony, to Bae Yong-joon and Tasty Road host Park Soo-jin giving out free meals to fans, these K-stars went all out on their big day

14 Dec 2021 - 10:00AM
Inside Shinee member Key’s new luxury mansion in ‘Seoul’s Beverly Hills’ – he’s now neighbours with BTS, Exo, G-Dragon and Girls’ Generation’s Sunny in Hannam-dong

Imagine living in a house so large that you can’t even remember the number of rooms in it – well, that’s what happened to K-pop superstar Key when he gave fans a view into his epic new home

Imagine living in a house so large that you can’t even remember the number of rooms in it – well, that’s what happened to K-pop superstar Key when he gave fans a view into his epic new home

8 Dec 2021 - 12:50PM
5 most OTT birthday gifts for BTS’ Jin from fans – from billboards in NYC’s Times Square and the ‘BTS Law’, to a water show in Peru and a life-size RJ doll from BT21

BTS’ hyung – or older brother – has received plenty of extravagant gifts from his dedicated legion of fans, but which nods of appreciation were the most unique?

BTS’ hyung – or older brother – has received plenty of extravagant gifts from his dedicated legion of fans, but which nods of appreciation were the most unique?

3 Dec 2021 - 1:14PM
K-drama stars’ most epic wedding dresses: Song Hye-kyo looked stunning in custom Christian Dior, Ko So-young donned Oscar de la Renta and Jun Ji-hyun picked two luxury gowns

Song Hye-kyo opted for a custom-made Christian Dior gown while Ko So-young’s donned Oscar de la Renta – but who bucked brands and designed her own dress instead?

Song Hye-kyo opted for a custom-made Christian Dior gown while Ko So-young’s donned Oscar de la Renta – but who bucked brands and designed her own dress instead?

24 Nov 2021 - 3:35PM
K-pop idols with the highest-earning YouTube channels, ranked: BTS and Blackpink lead the pack, but how many millions did NCT Dream, Seventeen and IU rake in?

From K-pop veterans BTS, Exo and IU to “monster rookie” groups Blackpink and Aespa, these bands are bringing in millions from their YouTube channels

From K-pop veterans BTS, Exo and IU to “monster rookie” groups Blackpink and Aespa, these bands are bringing in millions from their YouTube channels

16 Nov 2021 - 4:02PM
The Twice factor: how the K-pop queens are raking in millions off brand endorsements, from Estée Lauder and Nintendo to Pocari Sweat (and don’t forget those school uniforms for Skoolooks)

The nine-member K-pop group, which just released a new album, has modelled for coveted brands like Estée Lauder, Innisfree … and even online games

The nine-member K-pop group, which just released a new album, has modelled for coveted brands like Estée Lauder, Innisfree … and even online games

12 Nov 2021 - 10:30AM
6 Korean celebrities who adopted abandoned dogs, from Blackpink’s Rosé and Netflix’s Sweet Home star Lee Do-hyun, to former Wanna One member Yoon Ji-sung

Rosé’s Hank is an Instagram-famous pup who receives luxury gifts, while Lee Do-hyun even mentioned his dog Ga Eul during his award acceptance speech

Rosé’s Hank is an Instagram-famous pup who receives luxury gifts, while Lee Do-hyun even mentioned his dog Ga Eul during his award acceptance speech

8 Nov 2021 - 12:21PM
5 K-pop and K-drama stars who were exempted from military service, from Hospital Playlist’s Jo Jung-suk to rapper Simon Dominic and Forest star Park Hae-jin

Hospital Playlist actor Jo Jung-suk became the sole caretaker for his mother and Steel Rain star Jung Woo-sung didn’t finish high school, but which actor was accused of shirking army duty?

Hospital Playlist actor Jo Jung-suk became the sole caretaker for his mother and Steel Rain star Jung Woo-sung didn’t finish high school, but which actor was accused of shirking army duty?

27 Oct 2021 - 12:57PM
Krystal Jung at 27: the star of F(x) and Netflix’s Sweet and Sour has come a long way since being snapped up by SM Entertainment at age six ... but what ‘controversial food’ does she love?

She counts Park Shin-hye among her close friends, is allergic to apples and has a controversial love of mint chocolate: here’s what you need to know about K-pop and K-drama queen Krystal Jung at 27

She counts Park Shin-hye among her close friends, is allergic to apples and has a controversial love of mint chocolate: here’s what you need to know about K-pop and K-drama queen Krystal Jung at 27

22 Oct 2021 - 12:51PM
5 K-pop idols with weird allergies: BTS’ Jin can’t eat garlic or potatoes, Twice’s Jihyo avoids pineapples and NCT’s Jeno is allergic to cats – but has 3 of them

Min-hyun from Nu’est discovered his salt allergy in the music video for Overcome while BTS’ Jin had to give up his cooking hobby due to bad reactions to common ingredients …

Min-hyun from Nu’est discovered his salt allergy in the music video for Overcome while BTS’ Jin had to give up his cooking hobby due to bad reactions to common ingredients …

18 Oct 2021 - 11:37AM
K-drama queens who almost became K-pop idols: from The Heirs star Park Shin-hye to Descendants of the Sun’s Kim Ji-won, who was once a background singer for Younha

Did you know some of these K-drama queens once tried to break into the music industry? Multi-talented stars like Yoo In-na and Park Shin-hye put their singing careers on hold to pursue a life on the screen

Did you know some of these K-drama queens once tried to break into the music industry? Multi-talented stars like Yoo In-na and Park Shin-hye put their singing careers on hold to pursue a life on the screen

11 Oct 2021 - 12:15PM
5 Korean stars with weird certifications, from Seo Ye-ji’s sex education and balloon art qualifications to Mamamoo’s Solar fun and recreation leader titles

Scuba diving, an excavator licence and the ability to make Instagram-worthy latte art … these K-pop idols and K-drama actors are multitalented indeed

Scuba diving, an excavator licence and the ability to make Instagram-worthy latte art … these K-pop idols and K-drama actors are multitalented indeed

3 Oct 2021 - 12:00PM
Blackpink’s pets: Lisa, Jennie, Rosé and Jisoo all own adorable puppies, but which was sent a bespoke Dior bag, and is one of them really named after Exo’s Kai?

Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa’s adorable pets are almost as famous as they are, boasting millions of social media photos and even appearing on TV shows

Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa’s adorable pets are almost as famous as they are, boasting millions of social media photos and even appearing on TV shows

21 Sep 2021 - 12:04PM
4 K-pop idols who look just like their mums and dads, from BTS member V and Blackpink’s Jennie, to Twice’s Nayeon and T-ara’s Jiyeon

Blackpink’s Jennie, BTS’ V, Twice’s Nayeon and T-ara’s Jiyeon all get their good looks from their parents – but they have more in common too, from their singing skills to their taste in fashion

Blackpink’s Jennie, BTS’ V, Twice’s Nayeon and T-ara’s Jiyeon all get their good looks from their parents – but they have more in common too, from their singing skills to their taste in fashion

16 Sep 2021 - 12:53PM
Blackpink member Jisoo and Bae Suzy wear Dior’s Dioriviera – take inspiration from the Korean idols’ looks with more accessories from the capsule collection, and by Gucci and Celine

Love the summer, but hate the glaring heat? These pieces by Dior, Gucci and Chloé will make the season more bearable

Love the summer, but hate the glaring heat? These pieces by Dior, Gucci and Chloé will make the season more bearable

25 Aug 2021 - 1:04PM
Brighten up your summer wardrobe like Ariana Grande with colourful shoes by Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Christian Louboutin

The pop queen recently showed off a daring yellow look on Instagram – we took inspiration with five summery heels and loafers by designer names

The pop queen recently showed off a daring yellow look on Instagram – we took inspiration with five summery heels and loafers by designer names

17 Aug 2021 - 5:37PM
G-Dragon’s most outrageous birthday gifts: BTS’ Army has nothing on this K-pop idol’s fans, who once decorated an entire Beijing building and even planted forests in his honour …

As the OG K-pop idol turns 33, look back at some of the crazy ways fans have celebrated his birthday over the years

As the OG K-pop idol turns 33, look back at some of the crazy ways fans have celebrated his birthday over the years

17 Aug 2021 - 4:44PM
From BTS member RM’s discovery by rapper Sleepy, to Song Joong-ki getting friend Lee Hee-joon cast in Netflix’s Vincenzo: 4 K-stars who would be nothing without their celebrity mentors

RM’s rap dreams became real after Sleepy recommended him to BTS, model Lee Hye-jung only broke into acting thanks to Song Joong-ki, and Lee Seung-gi’s talent was first spotted by ‘national diva’ Lee Sun-hee

RM’s rap dreams became real after Sleepy recommended him to BTS, model Lee Hye-jung only broke into acting thanks to Song Joong-ki, and Lee Seung-gi’s talent was first spotted by ‘national diva’ Lee Sun-hee

16 Aug 2021 - 12:20PM
5 colourful mini bags to wear this summer: K-pop idol Jessica Jung rocked a bright red handbag – steal her look with pieces by Prada, Valentino and Burberry

The former SNSD member recently showed off her style on Instagram – steal her look with bright mini bags by Prada, Valentino and Burberry …

The former SNSD member recently showed off her style on Instagram – steal her look with bright mini bags by Prada, Valentino and Burberry …

16 Aug 2021 - 9:00AM
Paris Hilton fed her dog caviar on Netflix? Glam up your pet Cooking with Paris style with these woof-worthy luxury accessories from Hermès, Prada, Versace, Fendi and more

Inspired by Cooking with Paris and looking to level up your pet-spoiling game? From a glamorous Versace raincoat to a dog collar with black diamonds, here are the trendiest luxury items for your fur babies this season

Inspired by Cooking with Paris and looking to level up your pet-spoiling game? From a glamorous Versace raincoat to a dog collar with black diamonds, here are the trendiest luxury items for your fur babies this season

10 Aug 2021 - 9:00AM
4 K-drama reunions that drove fans wild: before Crash Landing on You, did you know Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin had sizzling chemistry in a crime thriller?

When a pair of actors play off of each other to make their performances better, no wonder fans want to see them work together again – just like Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, and Lee Do-hyun and Go Min-si

When a pair of actors play off of each other to make their performances better, no wonder fans want to see them work together again – just like Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, and Lee Do-hyun and Go Min-si

9 Aug 2021 - 12:54PM
4 LGBT K-pop idols who came out despite discrimination, from trot star Kwon Do-woon and rapper Aquinas, to former Wassup member Jiae and Idol School darling Som Hein

It’s no secret that being openly LGBTQ+ in the K-pop world is difficult, but these stars encouraged the community with their positive messages – and even hope to help pioneer gay rights

It’s no secret that being openly LGBTQ+ in the K-pop world is difficult, but these stars encouraged the community with their positive messages – and even hope to help pioneer gay rights

2 Aug 2021 - 10:00AM
Crazy K-pop scouting stories: Cha Eun-woo and Bae Suzy were both spotted by talent scouts ... outside the toilets

Fame can find you when you least expect it – that’s definitely been the case for these six K-pop idols, anyway

Fame can find you when you least expect it – that’s definitely been the case for these six K-pop idols, anyway

22 Jul 2021 - 4:55PM