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Lee Do Hyun, Park Hyung Sik and more: Celebrities who attended public events while serving in the military

ETimes.in | Last updated on – May 15, 2024 05:32 PM IST

Lee Do Hyun, Park Hyung Sik and more: Celebrities who appeared at public events during their military service

Who says enlisting in the military means getting out of the spotlight? Although enlistment in the military usually means a break from a celebrity’s primary career, some manage to make public appearances while serving in the military. Although commercial projects are prohibited during recruitment, artists are permitted to attend public events without compensation. This policy allows fans to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars during their service. Here, we highlight six stars who surprised fans by appearing at mid-career events.

Kim Jaejoong

On March 31, 2015, former TVXQ member Kim Jaejoong began his military service. Later that same year, in October, he attended the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards wearing full military regalia. Jaejoong, who debuted with TVXQ under SM Entertainment in 2004, joined the group JYJ along with Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu after leaving the team in 2009 and signing with C-JeS Studios. Kim, known by the stage names Hero Jae Joong and Je Jung, has diversified his career by venturing into acting in both dramas and films.


​Kim Min Ho

On October 4, 2019, actor Kim Min Ho attracted attention when he attended the Buil Film Awards 2019 in Busan in his full military uniform. He made his acting debut in 2003 and has since showcased his talents in a number of films and television dramas, including notable works such as Swing Kids, The Uncanny Counter, New Recruit Seasons 1 and 2, and Doona . , among others.

​Lee Do Hyun

On May 7th, Lee Do Hyun made a surprise appearance at the 60th Baeksang Arts Awards, delighting his fans. Although he has been enlisted in the military since August 14, 2023, he attended to promote his latest box office hit, “Exhuma.” Lee opted for authenticity and chose to wear a military uniform instead of the usual suit and tie to show his current identity. He and his co-star Kim Go Eun confidently walked the red carpet and won Best Newcomer and Best Actress for “Exhuma.” Lee, surprised by the victory, admitted that he was unprepared for a speech and did not foresee the outcome.

​Park Hyung Sik

Actor Park Hyung Sik’s appearance at the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2019 sparked a lot of interest. Despite his mandatory military service on June 10 of the same year, during which he actively served in the military police of the Capital Defense Command, he took part in the event. After winning the Popular Star Award, he accepted it on stage in his full military uniform and caused a stir with his striking appearance. When Park Hyung Sik accepted the award, he saluted the crowd instead of waving, which sent everyone into a frenzy. His uniform created quite a spectacle, and fans raved about his unexpected outfit on the red carpet.

​Son Sang Yeon

In 2021, Son Sang Yeon caused excitement among fans when he appeared at the 2021 SBS Drama Awards, even though he had already registered on November 8 of the same year. A little over a month later, he surprised those in attendance by appearing on the red carpet in his military uniform. Son’s portrayal of Bang Yoon-dam in the TV series “Racket Boys” catapulted him to fame and earned him the rookie male actor award that night. “Racket Boys” follows the development of teenagers aged 16, both boys and girls, as they face the hurdles they face in their school’s badminton club.

It’s Gye Sang

In 2005, actor Yoon Gye Sang caused a stir at the 41st Baeksang Arts Awards during his military service. To the surprise of the press, he appeared on the red carpet in his military uniform and opted for a salute instead of the usual poses at the photo wall. Since it was one of the first cases of a celebrity attending an event while being recruited, it caused quite a stir at the time. Yoon Gye Sang began his career in 1999 as part of the K-pop boy band God and later chose acting after leaving the group in 2004. His acting debut in the film “Flying Boys” earned him the Best New Actor award at the Baeksang Arts Awards.


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