Nature Republic Flagship occupies Korea’s most expensive property

The Nature Republic flagship store in Myeongdong, Seoul, has been named the most expensive commercial property in South Korea for the 15th consecutive year.

According to data released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), the official government appraisal of the land currently housing the cosmetics retailer’s stroe increased by 6.16 per cent from last year to 91.3 million won (US$85,439) per square metre.

Other properties within Myeongdong rounded out the list of the 10 most expensive properties per square metre in the nation.

Properties currently occupied by jewellery shops Lloyd and Clue were the second and third most expensive, coming in at 90.25 million won and 90.12 million won, respectively.

The site of Woori Bank’s Myeongdong Branch dropped to fourth place at 88.6 million won per square metre after holding the second highest position for many years.

The average price of land per square metre rose 6.28 per cent with Mapo-gu showing the highest increase at 11.89 per cent.

Seocho-gu followed with 8.76 per cent, while Yongsan-gu and Seongdong-gu were tied at 8.14 per cent each.

Gangnam-gu, with a 7.85 per cent increase, rounded out the list of districts in Seoul that saw the greatest rise in land prices.

According to MOLIT, the least expensive land can be found in Uljin-gun, North Gyeongsang Province, boasting an appraisal price of 142 won (US13 cents) per square metre.

In addition, the greatest price leap came from Guneop-ri, Hwachon-myeon in Hongcheon-gun of Gangwon Province, having seen a 700-fold increase from 286 won per square metre last year to 200,000 won this year.

The jump in price is attributed to a newly built rest service area along the Seoul-Yangyang highway.

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