It is easy to forget that there are musicians other than idols in Korea.
From ballad singers to rappers to trot musicians, Korea is home to musicians from all genres, each with their own fans.
In fact, many of these musicians actually make more than many idols.
Other than selling CDs and streaming, musicians make the most money by performing at events all across the country and even outside of them.
These events are much smaller than concerts and are often local or school festivals.
One of the most sought-after groups to perform at these festivals is Davichi.
Davichi is a ballad group made up of members Kang Minkyung and Lee Haeri.
The two members are famous for being best friends despite debuting in 2008!
In fact, ballad singer Baek Ji Young is famous for once saying during an episode of Knowing Bros that the only group that she has seen whose members are actually close in real life is Davichi.
I’ve shared a dressing room with other groups, and I’ve never seen one where the members get along. I’ve even wanted to leave because the mood among the members was so cold. Davichi is an exception. They are basically sisters.
— Baek Ji Young
All it takes is a look at Kang Minkyung’s YouTube channel to see how close the members are. A recent video even shows the members going shopping for member Lee Haeri’s wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials.
Hello it’s Kang Minkyung… Over a month, I made Haeri unnie‘s first Vlog! I hope this will be a good memory, and I hope you receive many blessings… and I hope if life ever gets you down, you can look back at this and laugh.
— Kang Minkyung
Despite being sad that her unnie is getting married, it seems Kang Minkyung has decided to take on How I Met Your Mother character Barney Stinson’s life mantra.
When I get sad, I stop being sad and get awesome instead.
— Barney Stinson
Davichi’s Kang Minkyung made the news on June 29 for a recent purchase that has left netizens in awe.
According to the real estate news outlet Ddang Jip Go, the singer has purchased a building in the trendy Hapjeung-Dong area for a whopping ₩6.50 billion KRW (about $5.03 million USD).
The building is five stories tall and is currently used as an office building and retail store. The news outlet reports that Kang Minkyung purchased the building with ₩1.50 billion KRW (about $1.16 million USD) in cash and a ₩5.00 billion KRW (about $3.87 million USD) collateral loan.
Netizens reacted with envy in online communities.
- “I am so jealous. She is able to get that loan since she makes so much.”
- “Kang Minkyung worked really hard since she was young.”
- “Woah, that’s the building, huh?”
- “She seriously lives in another world.”
With the news of Davichi member Lee Haeri’s upcoming wedding, many fans worried that Kang Minkyung would be sad, but it seems all that worrying was for naught, and the singer is going to be alright after all.