Boyband Member to Open Jeju Luxury Hotel

Kim Jun-su of K-pop group JYJ will open a luxury hotel in Jeju Island next months. The Toscana Hotel in Jeju will take bookings from Sept. 1 for the grand opening on Sept. 25 and beyond.

The five-story hotel has 61 guest rooms and four luxury pool villas over a total area of 21,026 sq.m.

Guests will be able to enjoy sea views from the hotel's restaurant, cafe, bar, and outdoor pool. Kim plans to build another 200 guest rooms on an adjacent plot.

"I've been travelling and working abroad since I was a teenager and I've loved the beautiful natural landscape," Kim says. "I was impressed by the beautiful scenery of Jeju when I first went there, so I wanted to build a place to rest there."

Kim especially worked hard on the landscaping because of his love for palm trees and the sea.

With the profits, he hopes to help marginalized people by providing subsidies for living expenses and supporting others in need.

"I feel like my dream has come true," he says. "I think of this as a new challenge and would like to thank our 50 staff for making it possible."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 29, 2014 08:24 KST