I have been a Korean addict from the time I’ve seen Lover’s in Paris. I remember I was in college at that time. It shown on TV right after the Meteor Garden fever. Because of this show, one of the Korean actors I adore was Lee Dong Gun. But he has nothing to do with this post — at least not yet. We’ll not yet since he hasn’t enlisted for the South Korean army.
According to wikipedia, South Korea has a mandatory military service of 24 to 27 months. as mandatory military service of 24 to 27 months. There are no alternatives for conscientious objectors except imprisonment. So in general, most Korean males have to serve the army for about 2 years or so.
Apparenlty even actors and singers are not exepmt from this military service. As many of you may know Gong Yoo (from Coffee Prince) is currenlty in the army. A friend of mine adores him and she just can’t wait for the time when he finishes his service so he can make more series! ahahah — 1 more year to go!
I recently found an article on asianfanatics about actors who will be enlisting in the army. Two of the are my favorites…
The actors mentioned in the article who will be enlisting are
Kim Jae Won (he’s the guy from Wonderful Life and 100 days from Ms. Arrogant)
Jo In Sung (awww… no more jo in sung for 2 years, he’s my favorite number 1) — he is the guy from Memories in Bali
Kim Rae Won (favorite number 2) , he’s the guy from My Little Bride and Love Story in Harvard
Other actors mentioned in the article were Jo Han-seon of Sweet Lies, Choi Ji-woo’s Star’s Lover co-star Lee Ki-woo, and Choi Ji-woo’s real-life love Lee Jin-wook.
I’m sure most fans will find it a little sad, but you just have to wait for 2 years and they come back. 😀