Jang Dong Gun was one of the most-searched keywords in China yesterday, following reports of the plummeting value of property the actor purchased last year.
Portal Web sites like Baidu featured keywords such as “Jang Dong Gun” and “real estate investment” side-by-side after news broke last week of Jang’s property decreasing in value.
On July 13, Korean conglomerate research firm Chaebol.com listed the value of properties owned by well-known public figures.
The Web site said the building Jang purchased in June 2011 for 12.6 billion won ($11 million) had depreciated to just 3.4 billion won. Chinese media called Jang a “rookie” investor, telling readers that entertainers often make similar mistakes.
Meanwhile, Jang is in the spotlight in Korea because of his starring role in the hit drama “A Gentleman’s Dignity.”
Last year, the Hallyu actor starred in the blockbuster movie “My Way,” directed by Kang Je-gyu.