G-Dragon of BigBang reports for basic military training camp

Leader of South Korean boy band Big Bang, G-Dragon, enters a boot camp in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on Feb 27, 2018.
Leader of South Korean boy band Big Bang, G-Dragon, enters a boot camp in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on Feb 27, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - BigBang's G-Dragon has enlisted in the military.

Rapper-singer Kwon Ji Yong, widely known by his stage name G-Dragon, began his mandatory military service by joining the five-week basic training camp on Tuesday (Feb 27). Military service is compulsory for all able-bodied men in South Korea.

G-Dragon's management agency YG Entertainment previously said it would not hold any official farewell events for fans, adding that the star wanted to begin his service quietly. But on Tuesday, fans from around the world gathered at the training camp site in Cherwon, Gangwon Province, to bid him goodbye.

G-Dragon, 29, is to be discharged on Nov 26, 2019. He is the second of the five BigBang members to begin his military service. His bandmate T.O.P is currently serving as a public service worker and another, Taeyang, is to join the army in March.