BTOB‘s leader, Eunkwang, has enlisted in the Korean army on August 21st.
According to Cube Entertainment, Eunkwang will receive a 5-week basic training in Hwacheong, Gangwon-do before being assigned to a unit.
Eunkwang will receive training at the location where BIGBANG‘s Daesung is currently serving and is where actors Yoo Jun Sang and Yoo Seung Ho previously served.
On the day of his enlistment, Eunkwang left a hand-written letter to his fans, Melodies, thanking and asking them to continue supporting BTOB.
He was ultimately thankful to the fans for bringing such wonderful experiences and joy to all of the BTOB members.
“I thank you for giving me and BTOB endless happiness, thanks, unending passion for music, a reason to sing, motivation to live diligently and the power to get back up even when we’re going to through difficulties and are exhausted.”
He vowed to return safe and happily from his enlistment.
“I’ll be back! Everyone, just promise me this one thing. Be healthy and happy until the day we meet again! Promise!!! My people. I sincerely love you and thank you.”
In response, fans have been wishing him a safe return and have promised to patiently wait until the day he comes back as BTOB’s leader!
- “We’ll wait for you! Please come back safe!”
- “We will always wait.”
- “We’ll miss you! Take care and be healthy always!”
- “We’ll wait! You’re going to do great, love you!”
Just as expected from the silliest boys in K-Pop, Eunkwang left a photo to remember before enlisting in the army.
Read Eunkwang’s full letter below:
“Hello! Melody! My people! This is BTOB’s 1st leader, Seo Eunkwang.
Wow…it’s been such a long time since I’ve written a letter like this…I’m not sure what to say first…Hm first! I thank you for giving me and BTOB endless happiness, thanks, unending passion for music, a reason to sing, motivation to live diligently and the power to get back up even when we’re going to through difficulties and are exhausted. I’ll never forget these and I’ll continue to embrace them throughout my life! I’ll pray that our Melodies will also feel the emotions that I am feeling, build precious relationships with each other and become companions that can support and lead each other in your lives!
Exactly 14 hours later, I’ll be enlisting in the army! I shaved my head. I used to shave my head in middle and high school so it’s been 10 years. It feels nice and comfortable. The weather is really hot so I recommend this haircut!! Anyways…!!
I’ll make a healthy and safe return! So to our Melodies, please don’t be ill, take care of your health, eat well, don’t be late to school/work and always wash your hands with soap when you get home!
More than anything else, please take good care of our BTOB, its 2nd leader Minhyuk and our members!! I’m not worried because they’re all so great…But you have to always give them energy and support them, our members.
I miss them all. Our BTOB, our Melodies. I can still see the blue waves from our concert a few days ago. Okay!! Let’s all fighting until the day we meet again, thinking of these beautiful memories and the precious memories of the past 7 years!! I sincerely thank you and love you, to the moon and back!!
I LOVE YOU, MELODY! FOREVER!”