Actor-singer Lee Seung-gi joins military

February 1, 2016
Hundreds of fans came to Korea Army Training Center in Monday morning to see the star starting his mandatory military service.

Hundreds of fans came to Korea Army Training Center in Monday morning to see the star starting his mandatory military service.

NONSAN, South Korea (Yonhap) — Actor-singer Lee Seung-gi enlisted in his mandatory military service Monday upon entering a military training center here.

Singer-actor Lee Seung-gi waves to his fans who have gathered at a boot camp in Nonsan, south of Seoul, to see him off as he begins his mandatory military service on Feb. 1, 2016. The 29-year-old celebrity marked his enlistment by releasing a single titled "I Am Joining the Military" on Jan. 21. (Yonhap)

Singer-actor Lee Seung-gi waves to his fans who have gathered at a boot camp in Nonsan, south of Seoul, to see him off as he begins his mandatory military service on Feb. 1, 2016. The 29-year-old celebrity marked his enlistment by releasing a single titled “I Am Joining the Military” on Jan. 21. (Yonhap)

Clad in black trousers and a jumper, the 29-year-old Lee arrived at a rail station near this army training camp for recruits located in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province.

While meeting enthusiastic fans gathered at the training center, Lee expressed special thanks to them for their overwhelming love, saying “I promise to return as a full-fledged real man.”

Fans from Korea, China and Japan replied they will wait for him to come back after military service. Some of the fans showed tears in their eyes.

Before the start of his mandatory military service, Lee released a single titled “I Am Joining the Military” at noon on Jan. 21.

Through his agency, Lee said the mid-tempo ballad is as much about himself as about those who will also have to complete their military service, as well as their families and friends.

Lee debuted with the chart-topping single “Because You’re My Girl” in 2004, and has since dabbled in acting, starring in hit shows like “Brilliant Legacy” and “The King 2 Hearts.” He has also been a fixture on variety shows, most notably “Two Days, One Night.”

2 Comments

  1. HopesDD

    February 13, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    He looks great with short hair, that smile of his is never leaving his face, glad that he’s able to smile. Be healthy Seung Gi, and take care.

  2. Callie

    December 20, 2017 at 6:52 AM

    It’s great news that celebrities aren’t evading military service and are ready to put their career on temporary hold. actually as a paper writer I’ve been doing a research into the military service all over the world and found out some drastic data — in some countries those more privileged tend to pay themselves off from the military service

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