While actor Song Joong Ki recently announced that he became an official couple with Katy Louise Saunders, the Itaewon mansion where the couple lives is drawing attention.
In particular, Song Joong Ki left the mansion unattended for 4 years. Since a large-scale construction suddenly began 3 years ago, speculation is circulating that Song Joong Ki may have prepared for marriage since then.
Song Joong Ki announced his remarriage on Jan 30th. Through his fan cafe, he revealed that he registered his marriage with Katy Louise Saunders and that his wife became pregnant. The two will hold a separate wedding ceremony, but the exact schedule has not been set as Katy Louise Saunders is about to give birth this year.
While everyone was surprised by the news of Song Joong Ki’s remarriage 4 years after his divorce from Song Hye Kyo, the place where his new family lives also became a hot topic. Song Joong Ki and his wife currently live in a mansion in Itaewon with a market value of 20 billion won.
The house is a building that Song Joong Ki purchased in 2016 for 10 billion won and rebuilt. It boasts a total of 5 floors with 3 basement floors and 2 ground floors. The area is about 993㎡ (300 pyeong). It is located in a place where you can see the whole view of Seoul from the front and Namsan Tower from the back.
Except for the price and size of the house, there is another reason why the Itaewon house is attracting keen attention from netizens. It is because the time when the reconstruction of this house started was similar to when Song Joong Ki and Katy Louise Saunders began dating.
When Song Joong Ki purchased this Itaewon mansion, it was known as his newlywed house with Song Hye Kyo. However, there was no update after the actor received construction permission in November 2018, then rumors of him selling the house arose after the two divorced.
The reconstruction of the Itaewon house began in February 2020, about one and a half years after Song Joong Ki purchased the building. Coincidentally, this period overlapped with the time when Song Joong Ki started dating Katy Louise Saunders. According to reports, Song Joong Ki revealed that he had been dating his lover for about three years when having a meal with the actors and the production crew of the movie “Ro Ki Wan”. Therefore, some people are speculating that the actor might have been preparing for his marriage step by step since then as he took his relationship with Katy Louise Saunders very seriously. The fact that Katy Louise Saunders has also been living in Korea since last Spring, which was also when the Itaewon mansion reconstruction was completed, added more credibility to the speculation.
Meanwhile, Song Joong Ki owns real estate assets worth 50 billion won, including an apartment in Hannam-dong, a villa in Cheongdam-dong, which will be completed soon, and this Itaewon house.