Pop Star Rain Joins South Korean Army

South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve in front of an army training center in Uijeongbu, north of of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

South Korean pop star Rain gives a military salute to his fans in front of an army training center in Uijeongbu, north of of Seoul, on October 11, 2011. Rain is fulfilling his compulsory two to three years military service. All able-bodied South Korean men are expected to serve, which is a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War except for athletes if they win an Olympic gold medal or or those deemed to have improved the country’s image with their accomplishments. But for entertainers no matter how successful they are abroad they cannot enjoy such lenience from the government.

“Thank you for the 10 years of love,” Rain whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon told hundreds of fans as his eyes welled up with tears. Well,  I’m sure his fans will surely miss him.

 

 

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