Viral Video: It was an emotional moment not only for fans but also for BTS members as the K-pop band’s eldest member Jin aka Kim Seokjin enlisted himself in South Korea’s mandatory military service. Before he left, Jin’s bandmates RM, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, J-Hope and V aka Kim Taehyung bid him an emotional farewell. They stood for him like rock solid support as Jin waved and hugged them before entering a boot camp in the frontline area.
The video was also posted on Bangtan TV’s YouTube page. In the video, ARMYs capture Jungkook holding back his tears and pressing his face to say goodbye to Jin. The video made BTS fans emotional. As Jin and Jungkook’s video goes viral, here’s what netizens are saying:
Meanwhile, hundreds of reporters from news media from India and abroad were seen waiting outside to cover the news. The 30-year-old became the first member of boy band BTS to join the army. Six other members of the group — RM, Suga, Jimin, J-Hope, V and Jungkook — will also join forces, according to the band’s agency Big Hit Music.
The singer quietly entered a car without a farewell show for fans at an army training center in Yeoncheon, 60km north of Seoul. Hundreds of military, police, fire and local government officials and media personnel packed a square in front of the boot camp’s main gate for security management and news coverage, respectively, hours before their expected start time.
Placards read “We welcome BTS’ Kim Seok-jin and all other military personnel recruits” and balloons were hung there. Kim Seok-jin is the original Korean name of Jin. Jin’s vehicle passed the main gate at around 1:40 p.m. Six other bandmates and staff members from Big Hit Music traveled together in six black minivans to see him off.
He went straight to the camp yard without getting out of the car or sticking his head out the window. Officials operated a situation room near the training center as many fans and reporters were expected to gather, with about 300 personnel on standby to prevent potential accidents. Ambulances were also ready for emergencies.
The singer took to Weaver, an online community platform for K-pop fans, early in the morning to say goodbye to his fans. “It’s time for the curtain call,” he wrote, using a line from the main character of the same name in the popular online game League of Legends. “I’ve always wanted to say this when I go into the military,” he said.
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