BTS’ Jin Celebrates End of Military Service with Celebratory Event Hugging 1,000 Fans

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After completing 18 months of mandatory military service, Jin, the eldest member of the globally acclaimed K-pop group BTS, is set to make his public comeback with a special event in Seoul, South Korea.

Jin’s return will be marked by a unique three-hour hugging marathon, where approximately 1,000 lucky fans selected through a raffle will have the opportunity to embrace the pop sensation. This event, scheduled for Thursday, will be part of this year’s BTS FESTA, an annual celebration commemorating the band’s debut anniversary, to be held at the Seoul Sports Complex.

Following the hugging marathon, Jin will engage with an additional 3,000 fans in another event, during which he is expected to perform songs upon request and share heartfelt messages with attendees. These interactions will also be live-streamed on the Hybe-backed Weverse fan platform, allowing global BTS enthusiasts to participate virtually.

Jin’s discharge from military duty was marked by his departure from the 5th Army Infantry Division in Yeoncheon, situated approximately 61 kilometers north of Seoul. During his service, Jin served as an assistant drill instructor at the army recruit training center located within the division’s premises.

Before Jin’s departure, his fellow BTS members – J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook – who are still fulfilling their military obligations, orchestrated a celebratory saxophone performance of the band’s hit single “Dynamite.” However, member Suga was notably absent from the event.

As Jin rejoins civilian life, speculation arises about the future plans of BTS, with the remaining members slated to complete their military service gradually. J-Hope is anticipated to be discharged next in October. The group is expected to reunite as a septet in 2025, once all members have fulfilled their military duties. Jin himself is also rumored to embark on a solo musical journey, with plans for a solo album in the works.

In South Korea, military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men, typically lasting between 18 and 21 months. However, controversy persists regarding the application of this requirement and the limited exceptions granted under certain circumstances.


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