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BTS' dorm evolution


Thanks to the BTS HOME PARTY, we were able to see some sneak peaks of BTS' new dorm. And one thing that probably all of us noticed is that it is MUCH MORE spacious and way nicer than their old ones. The size of their rooms are now bigger than their old living rooms. I'm so happy that they have a nice place to rest.

So here's a few pics of their dorms to show their evolution:

1st dorm

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2nd dorm

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3rd dorm

Rapmon and V's room:

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Jin and Suga's room:

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J-Hope and Jimin's room:

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Jungkook's room:

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Kitchen/dining room :

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I'm not trying to come off as some pervy stalker I just wanted to show how much BTS has grown and how they got from their cramped dorm to such a spacious one. Its all thanks to us ARMYs that they can have such a nice dorm so keep supporting them!

Although I know we all want a BTS dorm tour, we also all know that it'd obviously be too dangerous as some fans (or saseang fans) might come to their house and bother them or even worse put cameras in their dorm. So if somehow you know where they live, please don't tell their address to anyone or just don't do something to bother them.

(PS: not all of these pics are mine so credits to their owners.)


BTS vs. Dorms

Today's Kpop history will be focused around the following question:

For how long do Kpop stars live together in their dorms?

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Most Army probably know that BTS live in a dorm and have lived together in dorms since pre debut.

They continue to live in dorms to this day too, but will they continue to do so in the future too?

I'll attempt to answer these questions by exploring some Kpop history and letting you know what other idols have done, and why, and taking a look at how BTS compares.

Let's begin...

Moving into the dorm

Most idol groups live in dorms, at least in their early years, and during their trainee days.

In fact, I can't name a single group that haven't lived together at least for a short while either pre-debut or at debut.

BTS Bangtan Dorm old photo debut

There are many reasons for this but some of the most obvious ones include:

1. Some trainees and members don't have family living in Seoul but they need to be in Seoul in order to train to be an idol and in order to promote after debut.

In BTS, for example, everyone except from RM and Jin come from hometowns outside of Seoul and wouldn't be able to live at home while training or promoting.

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2. Most trainees and idols are too young at the beginning of their career to secure housing for themselves; too young to sign papers for a lease, so the company does this for them by putting them into dorms.

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3. Most trainees and young idols don't have money to pay for housing even if they wanted to do so.

They are in debt to their company who has invested a lot of money in training them, and they rely on the company for simple things like housing, food and transportation.

4. Especially during promotions, the idols get picked up in the morning and driven to their hair and make-up shops and to their schedules. It's a lot more convenient for the company (who pays for this) if they can all be picked up from the same location.

5. Idols living in dorms are easier to manage and managers will sometimes live with them too. This way there is never any doubt about where they are, and if they're eating the right things.

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6. Practices and rehearsals are easier when the idols live together and especially early after debut idols spend days and nights at their company just practicing, which doesn't leave a lot of time to spend at home anyways.

7. Living together reinforces teamwork.

Although living together can make teamwork, it can also break teamwork, which is one of many reasons why some groups decide to move in on their own after a while.

Groups stopping their dorm life

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Some idols choose to live on their own when they can because they lack a private space, since in the dorm they will share rooms and won't have real time just be on their own.

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For others, to move out on their own presents a new challenge, like moving away from home for the first time, and not just be dragged along by parents and other members.

Whatever the reasons, if idols move out of their dorms, then they need to pay for their own housing, so only idols who make enough money to pay for themselves, hence only idols who have paid back their company debt, even have the option of moving out of their dorm.

Let's look at an example.

Big Bang, like almost every other Kpop group, started their career by living together in a small apartment. They quickly shot to fame and made money, and four years after their debut, in 2011, they began to move out and live independently.

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Even so, a few of the members continued to live together. Daesung and Taeyang lived together, and a year later they moved in with Seungri to keep "watch over him" and keep him out of trouble.

By 2014, Seungri and Taeyang still lived in the same building.

Beast (now called Highlight) also began to move out of their dorms after they succeeded, and could afford it.

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However, during promotion times they would still gather back in a dorm.

Staying in dorms during promotion times is a standard practice as it makes it easier for the company to manage the idols when they have packed schedules. Besides, dorms tend to be conveniently located so idols don't have as long a road in the morning to their make-up and hair artists.

Hence many idols still have dorms, even if no one lives there outside of promotion times anymore.

Sometimes members whose families are not from Seoul will also continue to stay in the dorm as they can't move back to their hometowns even during non promotion times, as their company would be too far away.

Continuing dorm life

Some choose to go beyond this and continue to live together, even after their company agrees to allow them to live on their own.

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In 2015, Girl's Day said that they moved out of the dorm that their company provided them with, in order to move into an apartment - together.

Their company had offered them to move out of their dorm, but two of the members stayed behind, worried about living alone.

Sojin's and Yura's families both lived far from Seoul and the girls worried that life would be too lonely if they lived alone so they refused to leave the dorm - until they decided to buy an apartment and move in together, all but Minah who lived independently with her sister.

In 2016, they confirmed that they were still living together and joked about now it was time to live on their own, but that living apart would not weaken their bond.

Another prime example of continuously living together is Super Junior. Several of the members have lived together in their dorm(s) for as long as ten years, only leaving when the members each began to head off for their two year mandatory military service.

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But ten years is already a long time (even if it was only some of the members) and few groups come close to having lived together for that long.

Another example is A Pink who, six years after their debut, still live together.

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But since they're a group of six members, they have divided themselves up into two apartments on two floors, one above the other. They go comfortably up and down between the dorms to spend time together and to eat together.

Although they have been offered to live on their own, A Pink stated that they felt a shift in their energy as a group when they hadn't been together for a while.

So, even if they now have each their own rooms, they decided to continue to live together for the sake of the group.

And BTS?

I imagine that BTS might make a choice similar to that of A Pink, when the day comes.

Lately BTS are gaining both fame and money. They've already moved dorms twice. With their rising popularity they certainly have the means to move out of their dorm and live on their own instead, if they so desire.

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But will they?

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Jungkook has expressed his willingness and hope for them to continue living together. On Celebrity Romance, he spoke to Shinhwa member Minwoo about his willingness to continue to live with the members.

Naturally, such hopes and ideas may also shift and change as the members continue to grow and start to feel like they need their own personal spaces.

So let's look at it a bit more specifically.

The first thing to consider is that, as we have seen above, Kpop groups still mostly have dorms that they use together during the times when they promote.

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As Army, we're very spoiled, and BTS are almost constantly promoting. Either touring, promoting a new album, or making the final arrangements for their next album.

With comebacks twice a year and concerts, BTS don't have many weeks a year when they aren't promoting.

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This reason alone highly encourages dorm life.

However, if it's just for the conveniency of having to live close for the sake of promotions and transportation, they could get their own apartments in the same neighbourhood or in the same building.

But I think that BTS, like A Pink, see the value of living together as it brings them together and means that they know each other inside out.

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For that reason, it seems a lot more likely that they will try to stay in dorms, and continue to live together, like A Pink. Perhaps also splitting up into two apartments so they can get that extra privacy.

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EDIT: Since the original writing of this blog, their newest dorm has been revealed through their Anniversary Festa and also through their Mnet Comeback show with DNA.

This footage as well as their own recent comments on their dorms confirm that they have moved into a bigger place where they mostly have their own rooms, or rooms that are big enough that they can have privacy even with a roommate. They have even hinted at their dorm being on two floors.

So they seem to follow in A Pink's footsteps.

Most of the BTS members also have family living far away. Except for RM and Jin, the others aren't in the capital region, so like Girl's Day, those members might be reluctant to move out of dorms and live completely on their own as there won't be any family nearby and it might get lonely without each other.

BTS is a team that solve their problems together. They have often talked about how the members sit down together and talk and solve their problems and how decisions are risen together. They are a group that take big decisions together, as a team, and take those decisions for the sake of the team.

And above all else, let's not forget the importance that BTS put on teamwork.

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BTS’s sales sky-rocketed last year and peaked at $33.3 million USD. A move was called for and the whole team, including the company itself, moved to Seoul’s luxurious Hannam Area. The 7 members of BTS are now neighbors with Korea’s other top stars like Han Hyo Joo, Ahn Sung Ki, and Park Hyo Shin. So, this is the perfect time to look back at BTS’s beginnings and appreciate how far they have come.

1. The “All-Members-Sleep-in-One-Room” Days (2013 ~ 2014)

2. The Eating Good, Doing Better Days (2015 ~ 2016)

3. The “We-Might-Need-To-Move-Again-In-A-Year-But-Thank-God-For-All-This-Space” Days (2017)

4. The Luxurious Hannam Area Apartment Days (AKA very, very far from 7 members in a single room times (2018)

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BTS(방탄소년단) New Dorm 2017

BTS is one of the world’s biggest musical acts. The group members have made millions of dollars in the past few years and even bought luxurious homes.

However, BTS actually came from humble beginnings. The members used to all live together in a cramped dorm and can now share some interesting stories from those days. 

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BTS’ dorms have changed throughout the years

Fans can sometimes see BTS’s living situations in videos they post online. Because of this, fans have been able to track the changes in their dorms throughout the years.

When the group first debuted in 2013, they shared a small apartment in which all the members slept in the same room, as detailed by Koreaboo. After getting more popularity, BTS upgraded to progressively bigger and nicer apartments. From 2015 to 2017, their places had enough space to allow the members to share rooms with just one or two people instead of everyone sleeping in the same room.

In late 2018, BTS achieved more popularity internationally and subsequently moved to their current dorm. It is part of an exclusive complex called Hannam THE HILL. The neighborhood has various other South Korean celebrities living in it, so it comes with top-notch security.

In addition to their official dorm, many of the BTS members have their own apartments as well. 

BTS lived with other young people during their trainee days

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BTS still remembers the days when they did not have much. During a recent appearance on the South Korean show You Quiz On the Block, the members shared behind-the-scenes details of living in a cramped space together.

RM explained that, when they were trainees, the members lived in a two-bedroom place with as many as nine people. He said, “For the BTS team, the company provided a dorm for those who came from outside of Seoul. The candidates for that team lived in the dorm and left (when they dropped out).”

He revealed that the trainees—who were all teenage boys—“shared almost everything,” including clothes, one computer, and one bathroom.

BTS also talks about sleeping in one bedroom together 

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During another part of the show, J-Hope and Jungkook talked about living together in one bedroom after their debut.

“I think the most difficult thing was everyone sleeping in one room,” J-Hope said. “It was so suffocating at night.”

Because of this, J-Hope is happy about the group’s career success. Now they each have their own room in the dorm.

Jungkook also recalled the pain of living in a cramped space. Being the youngest member, he was the last person to wash up at night. The other members would be asleep by then, and Jungkook had to be extremely careful when moving around in the room.

Living in a dorm with several people is a common occurrence for K-pop groups, especially rookie ones. It seems these experiences have made BTS more appreciative of what they have now.


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According to their 4th Anniversary Festa Home Party, the BTS boys are split up into 4 rooms.

The seven members used to sleep in one single room up until the end of 2016.

Now that they’ve moved to a bigger apartment, the boys are split into pairs!

Jin and Suga room together with a big shelf separating their personal space.

J-Hope and Jimin get close and personal in a pink petite room.

Rap Monster puts up with V’s hardcore gaming in close quarters.

And the golden maknae has a room all to himself!

Jungkook used to room with RM, and the gamers (V, J-Hope, and Jimin) used to dorm as a trio.

But the ever talented Jungkook won his right to a single room through Rock Paper Scissors!

He got his wish for a separate dorm!

A golden (and lucky!) maknae, indeed!

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BTS(방탄소년단) New Dorm 2017

Am her guardian angel, I am the only one who can now protect her. I dreamed about Uncle Reggie, and a cheap bedroom in that little low-standard house. Don't think you can statement, but he still walked brooding all day, and I felt uncomfortable. Yesterday, however, there was a change.

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I went to the old closet and looked at myself in the mirror. Hair sticking out in different directions, all so sleepy. I wanted to get back into a warm bed and sleep soundly.

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