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(LEAD) BIGBANG's lead singer Taeyang starts military service

All Headlines 15:03 March 12, 2018

(ATTN: CHANGES dateline; UPDATES with more details; CHANGES photo)

CHEORWON, South Korea, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Singer Taeyang began his military service Monday, becoming the third member of the K-pop act BIGBANG to carry out his mandatory duty.

The BIGBANG lead singer arrived at the Army's 6th Infantry Division in Cheorwon, some 88 kilometers northeast of Seoul. Following a five-week training session, Taeyang will be assigned to an Army unit.

In South Korea, all able-bodied men have to fulfill military duty for around two years.

The singer arrived at the Army base at around 1:45 p.m. with YG Entertainment employees. Around 100 fans came to say goodbye, shouting and holding signs with the message, "I'll wait for you." Taeyang saluted his fans before making his way into the base.

Bandmate Daesung will also enter the military Tuesday. Of the five members, Seungri will be the only one who has yet to serve. Seungri plans to enlist after releasing a solo album sometime during the first half of the year.

Outside of his highly successful BIGBANG gig, Taeyang has also led a successful solo career, with hit songs such as "Eyes, Nose, Lips" and "Look at Me Only." The 29-year-old star married longtime celebrity girlfriend Min Hyo-rin last month.

BIGBANG will put out a previously unreleased song Tuesday to bid farewell to fans during the group's hiatus.

Taeyang, singer of K-pop group BIGBANG, gives a salute to fans before enlisting in the Army at the 6th Infantry Division base in Cheorwon, 88 kilometers northeast of Seoul, on March 12, 2018. (Yonhap)


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