Visiting Super Junior’s dorm
Across the world KPOP is gaining fame. Within the industry, leading the pack is SM Entertainment’s Super Junior, which debuted in 2005 and has been active for 8 years and created songs and dances that everyone can follow. They have presented to fans all over the world a caring image. Their hard work has been acknowledged this January when Super Junior gained the daesang for the “21st High One Seoul Gayo Daesang” hosted by Sports Seoul.
June 22 marks the 27th year of publication of Sports Seoul, and in memorial of “KPOP TOP STAR”, Sports Seoul found Super Junior’s Seoul dorms, how will the living space of the top idol group be like?
Dorm life is not lonely at all, this is very good.
A group of growing men living together should mean that there are lots of little incidents, right?
Siwon: After bathing, we don’t even have time to wipe ourselves dry, haha. The members used to hold very meaningful bathing contests, the record was Shindong’s 11 seconds.
Who is the member with the worst sleeping habits?
Leeteuk: Shindong, but the only thing is that he sleeps without clothes. In the beginning, the housekeeper who helps with the housework went into the room to clean it and got a shock when she saw Shindong sleeping without clothes, haha.
Who is the member most like a mother?
Donghae: Of course it’s Ryeowook, he is not bad at washing dishes, and when he sees food in the refrigerator he will think of making food for the members. He gives us a lot of care and is really nice to us.
Who is the member who has a lot of ‘networks’? (T/N: probably personal connections)
Leeteuk: The members agree that it’s Eunhyuk. Eunhyuk’s house is in Seoul, and he goes back every week. Also, Eunhyuk is a devout Christian and every week, he goes for service. When he goes out too regularly (T/N: actual words translate into ‘when going out is too normal’) the members will ask him “Where are you going?” And Eunhyuk will reply like this. That’s why we can’t really believe him, haha.
Eunhyuk was also chosen as the member who tidies his room most neatly.
Contrary to Eunhyuk are the more “hidden” members Eeteuk and Donghae. These two people stay in the dorm more, when they look at each other gives off a rare mysterious aura. If they can’t see each other they will call and ask “where are you” “what are you doing”. The two of them laughingly say, “It’s as if we’re following our girlfriends.”
Are there any places where the members are uncomfortable while staying together, and what are the good points?
Leeteuk: it’s inconvenient because there is no privacy, in truth (we) want to fall in love and have girlfriends, but if we talk on the phone in our rooms, there will be members who come in and keep asking “who are you talking to?” But there are many good things, one of them is that you don’t feel lonely, and when you’re tired and want somebody to talk to, there are friends all together.
Donghae: before I die, I really want to keep living like this. It’s really good, and next time when we’re married we can be neighbours, this way even if we are married we will still be living next to each other.
Living in the dorms is comfortable, but there are times when you miss home?
During festivals when we don’t have the chance to go home, we will feel homesick, when there is a TV programme on family, or when there’s nothing to eat in the dorms, we miss home.
Besides the 12th floor dorms’ dining chairs (T/N: mentioned in a question later), we hope to change….
There are no “We are starting to think of living independently”. “Dorm life has been too long” members, after discussion there are also no members who have indicated they want a break from living in the dorms.
Do members living in one dorm still carry their own individual lifestyles’ mindset?
There are no such members, in the dorms, we have a housekeeper who helps us to cook and clean, and take care of us. If we were to leave here and start living independently, I don’t know what I will do. In actuality, this year I have been worrying over the military thing, I’m worried that my room will be snatched away.
Any hopes of what the company will do to the dorms?
Leeteuk: The 12th floor dorms’ dining table and chairs could be changed, since we were trainees we’ve been using them and now they feel uncomfortable. Hopefully we can get chairs with backs. When using backless chairs while eating, the waist will feel very painful, haha.
Sungmin: It would be great if the 11th floor’s television could be changed to a bigger and grander one.
Ryeowook: On the 12th floor we are now pooling money to buy a new television, from a 20 inch one to a 50 inch one.
Source: Sports Seoul
Chinese Translation by: Rachelmu
English Translation by: @snugmin for @raichanxd only