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(LEAD) Daesung fourth BIGBANG member to enter into military

Yonhap News logo Yonhap News 13/3/2018
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HWACHEON, South Korea, March 13 (Yonhap) -- Idol singer Daesung joined the Army on Tuesday, becoming the fourth member of K-pop group BIGBANG to start his mandatory military duty.

Daesung arrived at the Army's 27th Infantry Division in Hwacheon, some 118 kilometers northeast of Seoul. After a five-week training session, Daesung will be assigned to an Army unit, where he will serve out the rest of his duty.

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

Fans of Daesung made their way to say goodbye, shouting and holding signs with the message, "I'll wait for you, Let's meet again." Daesung saluted his fans before making his way into the Army base.

The singer's enlistment was preceded by bandmate Taeyang's own admittance to the Army on Monday. Daesung is the fourth member of BIGBANG to serve in the military, leaving Seungri the only singer 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 success of over a decade through BIGBANG, Daesung has carved out a formidable solo career in Japan by releasing two solo albums, "D'scover" and "D-Day," since 2013.

BIGBANG will put out "Flower Road," a previously unreleased song later in the day, to bid farewell to fans during the group's hiatus.

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