While UN Village is not originally a very popular tourist destination in Korea, all this could soon change now that this part of Seoul was recently revealed as the favourite dating spot of K-Pop’s newest It couple. Recently, Korean news outlet Dispatch broke the news that K-Pop sensations Kang Daniel and Jihyo, from the mega girl group, TWICE, were in a relationship. After the entertainment companies of the two artists confirmed the dating news to be true, many fans took to social media to congratulate the new couple, making them a trending topic worldwide. While most people were intrigued by the news of them dating, a lot of interest was also placed on the place that they went on most of their dates, Hannam-dong, UN Village. Swipe through our gallery to find out seven things to know about the famous UN Village in Seoul.
UN Village is an actual place in South Korea located at the center of Seoul!
“UN Village, a gated compound of luxury villas and large homes on steep hillsides boasting breathtaking views of the river and the mountains.”
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"UN Village, a gated compound of luxury villas and large homes on steep hillsides boasting breathtaking views of the river and the mountains."
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1. Where it’s located
UN Village is located in Hannam-dong, right in the heart of Seoul, making it very easily accessible. It is right next to the Nam Mountain and the Han River, which is how the name ‘Hannam’ came about. With breathtaking sights of both gorgeous mountains and scenic water views being visible from almost any part of this entire neighbourhood, it is no wonder this location is home to many luxurious homes and huge villas.
2. Kang Daniel and Jihyo were spotted on dates here
UN Village was the place Kang Daniel and Jihyo were revealed to have most of their dates at. While it might seem a bit random for the two to be spotted here, this is actually because Daniel owns an apartment here and the two tried to keep their relationship secret by only dating in his house. It was reported that TWICE members would help drive Jihyo all the way to UN Village to meet with Kang Daniel at his house and even pick her up to drive her back to their dorm after their date. (Now that’s true sisterhood!)
3. It is expensive to live here
With its prime location and exceptionally scenic views, it is no doubt expensive to purchase an apartment here. But how expensive are we talking about? Well, the starting price of a villa here is estimated to be valued at US$2.6 million and a brand new house can cost up to US$9 million. Although Seoul is mostly home to many high-rise apartment buildings, UN Village is made up of mainly large luxurious homes built with lush gardens, patios and multiple bedrooms. It is known to be one of the most atas neighbourhoods in Seoul, and only the richest people can afford to live here.
4. Many celebs live here
Kang Daniel is not the only celebrity to own an apartment here. With a property market that is so exclusive that sales are done only through private networks, there are bound to be many important and famous people are residing here. Some popular Korean celebs that own houses here include Taeyang and T.O.P of Big Bang, soloist Lee Hyori and “Gangnam Style” singer PSY (who ironically doesn’t stay in Gangnam). BTS’s Suga has also reportedly bought an apartment there for US $3.87 million and this probably since the location is near The Hill, where the BTS dorm is located.
5. It is the title of EXO Baekhyun’s solo song
While it was no surprise that both Jihyo and Kang Daniel’s names were trending on Twitter a few days ago, it was interesting to also see EXO’s main vocalist Baekhyun’s name topping search results on various platforms as well. No, he wasn’t the one who introduced them, but many people were amused at how timely and coincidental the title and premise of his recent debut song, “UN Village”, was. The track is about a couple spending romantic time alone, relaxing and chilling in Hannam-dong, UN Village. Many fans were quick to draw a parallel between the characters in the song and the newly-announced couple. This lead to a series of memes made online that resulted in Baekhyun trending worldwide, and his song topping the music charts in Korea once again. Till now, fans are still convinced that Baekhyun is a psychic of some sort and being able to predict the hottest dating spot with his single.
6. UN Village is known for its luxurious amenities
Being home to many wealthy families, UN Village has many luxurious shops and boutiques. It is also the perfect destination for hipsters and art lovers alike, with a wide array of different platforms that showcase local talent. There is the Samsung Museum of Art, which puts up art done by locals as well as world renowned artists, as well as the Hyundai Card Music Library that serves as a popular performance area and training ground for locals interested in the music scene. UN Village is also known for its boutiques, which have the main selling point of exclusivity. Many shops only sell their items to selected clients and the items sold in boutiques are usually imported goods or unique one-of-a-kind, luxe items. If you aren’t ready to ball, perhaps UN Village is not a place for you during your next shopping trip to Korea.
7. It has great Feng Shui
Apparently, one of the reasons behind why the place is so highly sought after by celebrities and wealthy families is because of its impeccable Feng Shui! Feng Shui is also known as Chinese Geomancy and the idea behind it originates from Ancient China. The belief is that energy forces will affect the harmony between people and the environment that they inhabit. The director of international business development Century 21 Korea, Min Suh mentioned how ‘A good property location must have mountains behind and a river in front’. Being located right in between the Nam mountain and the Han river, UN Village checks off both boxes. Many people believe that the Feng Shui here will bring them good luck and prosperity and this makes UN Village a highly desired place to reside in.