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$50,000 Deposit?! | Apartment Hunting in Seoul

Today, I am going to start apartment hunting because I want to move to a Bigger space so that I can film at ease. I’m here with my mom Hi, Mom Yes, and then we’re going to go to the very first Budongsan (real estate office). Here is the first one we’re going to check out It’s Budongsan They have a bunch of options outside, but let’s see what it looks like For apartment? They actually only have one room left So we’re going to check it out and the deposit for this apartment is five thousand so Fifty thousand dollars and every month you’ll be paying a thousand dollars, so if you think about thousand dollars a month It’s not that expensive, but the deposit is just insane This is what it looks like~ Room one Bathroom one, oh there’s a bathtub! Room two And there’s a closet in here Nice. I think this is a shoe closet. Oh, this is- So nice! and this is the kitchen and the living room along with- a view This is room three and here is a balcony There’s also more storage space right here and then There’s another bathroom along with the vanity space and the bathroom Like that~ It’s super clean they just built this I think in February And this is the last room available. The reason why we are looking for a bigger apartment is because I want to have like an office or a uh, Filming room and then my brother is going to probably stay there and so is my mom So, we’re going to need a bigger space than where we’re staying now and Yeah, deposit is crazy high but it’s just something that is common in Korea. When I was living in Sungshin University, I remember the deposit being five thousand dollars and I paid 6 hundred dollars a month which was a very great deal, but you guys remember how small it was and- there were also- Like ten thousand dollar deposits with less than like nine hundred dollars every month, so it just depends on what you find We actually checked out two or three more apartments, but we couldn’t film because people were living there But I don’t think we’re going to sign with any of the ones in this area because it’s kind of expensive Mandu~ My mom’s not hungry, but after all that walking. I just need some food So we just stopped by and, I’m going to the skincare clinic afterwards to get my treatment as well as removing my gel nails [Music] All right guys. I am at Times Square now and before we go to the skincare clinic I need to go to Tiffany and Co. to pick up my bracelet I don’t know if you guys remember, but when I went to New York, I bought a bracelet from Tiffany’s But I didn’t show you guys, um it was because it was too big for my wrist So I had to come to a Tiffany’s store to get it readjusted, and I know this is really late But I had to go to California And it just was easier for me to drop it off here because I come to Times Square like every, every other week I feel like? I feel like every week almost, so that’s why I dropped it off here, went to California, and it’s the first- It’s like one of the first things I’m doing since I got back so let’s go pick it up, and I’ll show you which bracelet I bought at duty-free Oh I really like it! They put the leftover beads in here, and here’s what it looks like guys! And, we’re back! I’m going to remove my nails and get my acne treatment I just removed my nails and my toenails, and I’m going to let them rest and breathe for the next three weeks And then I’ll come back to do something summer-y but now it’s time to get my skincare treatment, so let’s change~ I’m going to pick some products up and look, they’re having a one plus one for the cocktail mist So I might pick that up too Alright guys, I picked up some Very Mom sheet masks, sunscreen as well as the cocktail mist And today during my treatment they were saying that I had like a allergic reaction, so they calmed it down And it’s looking very flat which I appreciate. Anyways I’m going to end the vlog here because I’m just gonna head home and eat dinner and- Probably get some work done So here’s the shout out of the day for those of you guys who translated and transcribed my vlogs And I will see you all in tomorrow’s vlog. Have a great day! Goodbye~


Morrissey Bronder

Jul 7, 2017, 2:46 pm Reply

does anyone else wait for these to come out? they make my day so much better!


Jul 7, 2017, 2:58 pm Reply

I'm expecting tropical trees or pastel for the summer nailsssss. SO EXCITED ♡


yan յանա

Jul 7, 2017, 3:06 pm Reply

jjoaaannn u should check out the new marvel makeup that came out in korea!! <3

Angel Arias

Jul 7, 2017, 3:25 pm Reply



Jul 7, 2017, 3:28 pm Reply

Aah last few days with the And July outro 😮
i chocked on my cereal when i realized the deposit was 50,000 dollars and not won omg

Jeannie Lim

Jul 7, 2017, 3:30 pm Reply

Would yall consider buying apt?

Jeannie Lim

Jul 7, 2017, 3:33 pm Reply

What cocktail did u choose? Blue?

Kayla Weng

Jul 7, 2017, 3:34 pm Reply

hi joan
i was just wondering what the card at 3:42 is

June O

Jul 7, 2017, 3:47 pm Reply

I believe that "shoe closet" is actually a pantry (?) since it's next to the kitchen. I might be wrong but it seems like it.


Jul 7, 2017, 3:48 pm Reply

You get the 50,000 back at the end of your lease though right? If I remember that's how other Korean vloggers seemed to explain the renting system: huge deposit, cheaper monthly rent. They seem to do this so landowners can get money by sticking it into a bank account and earning interest.


Jul 7, 2017, 3:53 pm Reply

Why does Joan's vlog end ! ?

Yoo whene

Jul 7, 2017, 3:56 pm Reply

cute change

lyna marcello

Jul 7, 2017, 4:13 pm Reply

I hope u find a nice apartment :))

Najwa Syafiqah

Jul 7, 2017, 4:15 pm Reply

I just love how your vlog started in train!!

Svetla Nelle

Jul 7, 2017, 4:16 pm Reply

OMG, $50K deposit is so pricey!

kookie Monster

Jul 7, 2017, 4:23 pm Reply

Joan's getting an apartment? Woah!! Cool

Tai –

Jul 7, 2017, 4:35 pm Reply

I never noticed that you have two (mirrored) moles in the collarbones its so cute!

Kimberly Milligan

Jul 7, 2017, 4:35 pm Reply

so excited for you Joan 🙂 looking forward to seeing the new place!

jenna elis

Jul 7, 2017, 4:36 pm Reply

$1000 / month in NYC will get you 100 square foot apartment ?

Christopher Hall

Jul 7, 2017, 4:38 pm Reply

Does anyone know what that hand gesture that Joan does at the end of all her blogs means? (crossed thumb and index finger) I've been curious about that.


Jul 7, 2017, 4:40 pm Reply

Joan not sure if your still having issues with the microphone on your Canon G7X. Look into DIY wind muff microphone, There are plenty of how-to's on here and they make a big difference too. You can buy them ready made also. Have a Joan day.


Jul 7, 2017, 4:44 pm Reply

High deposots are not uncommon for SK. Megan had a video about it. Apparently. You get interest back every year. If you stay in the same place for many years.

Still, it's a big committment. You need to save a ton, or live in temporary student housing forever.

Good luck.


Jul 7, 2017, 4:55 pm Reply

Your mom so pretty ?


Jul 7, 2017, 5:02 pm Reply

lool at 04:38 Joan just walked past it

Hajirah Younas

Jul 7, 2017, 5:08 pm Reply

You do not film your treatment. I think vloging is not allowed there. Anyways love your Vlogs Joan, everytime I watch them it makes me feel reall amazing. ?


Jul 7, 2017, 5:56 pm Reply

That much?!!? That is what I paid for my house. ? Don't give up on apartments. ?


Jul 7, 2017, 5:59 pm Reply

Every time I heard dean's voice, my heart melting ??

Nhung Tran

Jul 7, 2017, 6:00 pm Reply

Wow that subway is so empty

aishwarya amarapurkar

Jul 7, 2017, 6:34 pm Reply

The home is awesome ???

oh sarah y

Jul 7, 2017, 6:37 pm Reply


food is my life

Jul 7, 2017, 7:20 pm Reply


Nicole Allisson

Jul 7, 2017, 7:21 pm Reply

Joan, could you do a video of everything you had to do when you moved to Korea? Was it tough to find a place to stay? I'm very interested in moving there to work! 😀


Jul 7, 2017, 7:28 pm Reply

your mom resembles Soy lol

Sara Lee

Jul 7, 2017, 7:36 pm Reply

$50,000 American dollars????

Sara Lee

Jul 7, 2017, 7:37 pm Reply

You should get a roommate


Jul 7, 2017, 8:57 pm Reply

When you leave a deposit for an apartment dp they return it once you move out???


Jul 7, 2017, 9:10 pm Reply

50,000krw 5,000usd

Jenn Mi

Jul 7, 2017, 9:57 pm Reply

Did anyone ever tell you that you sound like Yoo In na? (Or in my opinion anyways) xD you always kinda reminded me of her n now i finally realised why! Haha

Susan Kelly

Jul 7, 2017, 10:03 pm Reply

I hate those huge deposits sometimes it's hard to get them back.

Manisa Valentina

Jul 7, 2017, 10:16 pm Reply

Love her vlogs but why is her camera so weird ?


Jul 7, 2017, 10:35 pm Reply

I'm late but I was looking at model homes today in a really rich neighborhood today and was living

Elle o_o

Jul 7, 2017, 10:46 pm Reply

What's the exact name of the tiffany bracelet did you get?


Jul 7, 2017, 11:45 pm Reply

Hi everyone! I was at a festival yesterday so I didn't have the time to respond, but I've been seeing a lot of comments about this so I will pin it here.

The deposit for the first apartment I showed you was $50,000. In Korea, they say 5000만원 so that's why I said 5,000. You DO get the deposit back after your contract is over. They might take out cleaning fees and etc. but you will get the deposit back.

I've paid $5,000 deposit before and paid ~$600 a month (https://youtu.be/A8x4VjUB_nE). I hope this helps and answers some of your guys' questions!


Jul 7, 2017, 12:48 am Reply

that first apartment was so beautiful wow


Jul 7, 2017, 1:53 am Reply

that first apartment was huuuge omg

_janice Lee

Jul 7, 2017, 2:15 am Reply

Joan, did u sit the GD theme subway in Korea? I heard it was there but idk is it true haha ?

Amwag Channel

Jul 7, 2017, 3:18 am Reply

I'm so happy to see your mom ❤

Mike Dee

Jul 7, 2017, 3:27 am Reply

50k deposit is crazy and its not even a nice apartment

Christopher Holmes

Jul 7, 2017, 4:11 am Reply

I cannot wrap my mind around a $50,000 deposit. You could buy a nice little house for that price. How do young people expect to live in Seoul?

Jennifer Kwak 다인

Jul 7, 2017, 4:30 am Reply

How is the subway so empty LOL


Jul 7, 2017, 4:47 am Reply

Happy Sunday Joan~ I'd be great if you can create a P.O. box so that subscribers can also send you stuff hehe!

shulin Wu

Jul 7, 2017, 4:56 am Reply

If you change your diet you will have better skin confirmed. I see too much refined foods you been eating, and facials are only a temporary fixture. The skin doctors and facialists need your business so they will not bother telling you to change the way you eat. I changed my dietary habits since 2 years ago and noticed an improvement in health and complexion, it does wonders really. My skin is way better even though I do without branded skincare or facials. And I'm much slimmer too.


Jul 7, 2017, 6:34 am Reply

wide angel lens is really disturb my eyes

Rachel Ellen

Jul 7, 2017, 6:38 am Reply

Does anyone know the name of the song at the end of the vlog? Really love it!

Cupid Cipid

Jul 7, 2017, 8:05 am Reply

$50k can buy a nice house in my country. At least you'll get 2 bed rooms. Hmm… Seoul is pretty expensive. I've been there before for vacation and yes, one of the most expensive places i ever been. Lols. But anyone knows about Joan's camera? I wish to buy that one.


Jul 7, 2017, 9:20 am Reply

You can already own a decent unit with that 50000 deposit here in PH ?


Jul 7, 2017, 9:51 am Reply

I haven't watched joan unnie's vlogs lately, and im happy just clicking a video of hers, and her vlogs makes me happy ?☺️

Gwen A

Jul 7, 2017, 10:45 am Reply

In South Korea, Is paying for an apartment the same with paying for a condominium? Do you own the unit after paying for it for a certain period of time?

Bongkeeks Tamayo

Jul 7, 2017, 1:31 pm Reply

you removed your nails and toenails.. omg amazing! lol hi Joan!


Jul 7, 2017, 1:57 pm Reply

Wow that first place is soo nice but I think $50,000 for the deposit is only good if you stay there for many years like 20 years


Jul 7, 2017, 2:53 pm Reply

That apartment was actually quite nice!


Jul 7, 2017, 2:53 pm Reply

That apartment was actually quite nice!


Jul 7, 2017, 6:37 pm Reply

The bracelet looks so simple and elegant on you ?


Jul 7, 2017, 7:29 pm Reply

that first apartment is so my aesthetic.. but that's such a high deposit fee, and then it's unfurnished as well so that only adds to it (for someone who isn't moving from old to new but like starting from scratch) but i do wish you luck in finding a comfortable apartment!!!

Whitney Chakara

Jul 7, 2017, 11:55 pm Reply

So I've heard that people take out a loan for the deposit which makes more sense than thinking anyone has 50,000 usd in theijr bank account to pay at once plus another 1000 a month for rent plus utilities, living expenses, shopping and entertainment. I would think a person would need to make well over 100,000 USD a year or have a wealthy family.

Sunflowerhobi _

Jul 7, 2017, 2:15 am Reply

I HAVE THAT BRACELET WE'RE TWINS (i lost my necklace though ?)

Vi Pham

Jul 7, 2017, 2:34 am Reply

Wow that a lot but that place look nice ,, hope you can find the place you looking for ,, love Seoul it have so many skin care things wish I was in Seoul !!


Jul 7, 2017, 4:04 am Reply

the first apartment is huge for a person to live in tho. 😀

Joe Harvey

Jul 7, 2017, 4:49 am Reply

The first apartment you saw is the same apartment Simon and Martina from EatYourKimchi lived in. I'm pretty sure I'm right but I'm not 100% positive.

John Yoon

Jul 7, 2017, 5:28 am Reply

Can we donate for a better house?

Eugene C

Jul 7, 2017, 6:12 am Reply

joanday I have seen some other vlogs and seoul seems to have a lot of luxury apartments, the inside of these apartments are stunning in both style and technology.


Jul 7, 2017, 10:36 am Reply

i think joan's mom look alike soy or that just me ? but joan look really pretty without makeup and omgosh i love her so much ❤️ #soextrahaha


Jul 7, 2017, 2:28 pm Reply

the apartment is huge and pretty!


Jul 7, 2017, 3:11 pm Reply

So nice hope you will take it ??


Jul 7, 2017, 10:04 pm Reply

is anyone curious about how the subway cart was completely empty at the beginning?


Aug 8, 2017, 12:00 pm Reply

enjoy your mantu!

Drew N

Aug 8, 2017, 1:08 am Reply

Did you bring your own chopsticks? lol interesting. any reasons for that?

Khaty HJ

Aug 8, 2017, 1:51 am Reply

I'm not sure why but in this video, Joan's mother looks like Soy ?


Aug 8, 2017, 4:00 am Reply

So I guess you pay more deposit but for lesser rent but I liked the first apartment a lot actually.


Aug 8, 2017, 8:16 am Reply

Omg who has $50k just lying around? ?

Humairaa Bulbul

Aug 8, 2017, 7:42 pm Reply

$50.000! ? why is the deposit so much???

Bridget Rezny

Aug 8, 2017, 2:13 am Reply

Is bathtubs rare in Korean apartments?!


Aug 8, 2017, 1:57 pm Reply

the confusion about why she said 5,000 is:

In Korea $50,000 (50 thousand dollars) can be said as: 5000만원
(만원 =10,000)
(So 5000만원 basically means 5,000×10,000 = 50,000,00 won which is approx. $50,000 )

Eye wateringly expensive, even if you get it back, as you have to have that kind of money lying around…

Muyeon Mijin

Aug 8, 2017, 3:34 am Reply

i love your bracelet…may i know how much is the price? thinking about it when i go for vacay..

Томирис Турдалина

Aug 8, 2017, 1:51 pm Reply

Спасибо за перевод?

Neta Batata

Aug 8, 2017, 4:15 pm Reply

Girl im a jewelry designer and we sell bracelets similar to this tiffani&co you bought. But when people buy from me i fix it to their size like in 1 minute insteed of telling them to pick this up from another country LOL ????

Angie Rhee

Sep 9, 2017, 2:40 am Reply

ohm you're mom is a beauty too

Stephanie Kim

Feb 2, 2018, 4:19 am Reply

Is 50,000 usd or 50,000,000krw it's NOT 5,000usd. It's a damn deposit you get it back.

Jay Park

Mar 3, 2018, 9:01 pm Reply

so is this deposit refundable when you move? where is the deposit placed while your living in the place?

Barbara Solorzano

Jun 6, 2018, 9:07 pm Reply

$50,000 won or US dollar????

Luciano Aibar

Jun 6, 2018, 11:35 pm Reply

50.000.000 KRW = 50,000 USD


Jul 7, 2018, 9:39 am Reply

Lolll I was so confused when you said 5000 until I read the description, when you explained why you said 5000.

yes you are right that is crazy 50.000 .However, I also heard that the more you put in the deposit the less you pay Every month. And if you put in like a crazier amount you could live rent free ,right? .

Michael Angel

Jul 7, 2018, 12:49 am Reply

The fish eyed lens makes it look bigger but in reality it's a tiny shithole.

Cloud Feeling

Sep 9, 2018, 12:12 am Reply

i know im the only one who didnt enjoy vids that uses fish eye lens

Ibeth Gubiangan

Sep 9, 2018, 3:34 pm Reply

Is this near at Han River?

Julz Ribera

Nov 11, 2018, 9:06 pm Reply

Wait so is the 50,000 in usd or Korean won? I’m so confused

Cahya hana

Nov 11, 2018, 2:19 am Reply


Doug Dorsey

Dec 12, 2018, 11:02 pm Reply

If Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp & Axel Rose split that 3bd they couldn't do $50K worth of noise complaints & damage to the unit over a one yr lease.

Kaltrina Demiri

Apr 4, 2019, 9:44 am Reply

Wow, that first apartment was gorgeous and perfect.

Nastya Misnyk

Jul 7, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Русские ребята здесь!!!!))))

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