SS501‘s Kim Hyun Joong has officially finished his military service!
On February 11th at midnight KST, the Hallyu star was discharged after successfully completing 21 months of active duty. He enlisted on May 12th, 2015, and served as a border patrol in a dangerous area between North and South Korea.
After being discharged, he spoke briefly to the crowd of faithful fans who had turned out to support him. A large number of press were also in attendance, and a live feed was shared of the event.
“Thank you for coming all the way to this remote place in such [bad] weather, ” the star stated to everyone. “I’ve learned a lot during my enlistment and in [these] difficult times. [Upon] being discharged, I feel like I’m beginning the second half of life. Honestly, I am worried and afraid too. I’ve thought a lot during these past 21 months. I’ve learned the way to move forward and have gained courage.” Kim continued, “I cannot share any specifics for my future plans, but I will say hello to my fans in a nice place in the near future.”
Fans from all over the world flew to Korea to meet the star outside the gates of the military base, showing how thrilled they are to have him back safe and sound! Meanwhile, multiple fan bases from around the globe sent wreaths to congratulate him and rice to donate to charity in the star’s name.
Check out the pictures below, as well as his full statement.
Welcome back, Kim Hyun Joong!
FULL STATEMENT (Courtesy of @sunsun_sky)
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