SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop artist G-Dragon will start his mandatory military service Tuesday, his agency said.
The leader and main songwriter of boy band BIGBANG will begin his five-week basic Army training session in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, later in the day, according to YG Entertainment. He will later be assigned to an Army unit, where he will serve out the rest of his mandatory duty.
In South Korea, all able-bodied men have to fulfill military duty for around two years.
“G-Dragon wants to begin his military service quietly,” an YG Entertainment representative said, adding that there will be no press availability or a farewell event for fans.
G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, is the second of the five BIGBANG members to join the military. T.O.P, the band’s main rapper, is carrying out his mandatory duty as a public service worker at Yongsan-gu Ward Office. Taeyang plans to enlist on March 12.
Debuting in 2006 as a BIGBANG member, G-Dragon penned many of the group’s hit songs, including “Bang Bang Bang,” “Last Farewell,” “Lies” and “Good Boy.”
G-Dragon released his fourth solo album, “Kwon Ji Yong,” a semi autobiographical record, in June last year and stormed major music charts in South Korea upon its release.