Pop sensation Rain joins South Korean army

October 11, 2011 4:26:37 AM PDT
South Korean pop star Rain is temporarily giving up his entertainment career to join the military.

The 29-year-old singer and actor gave a military salute to tearful fans Tuesday before walking into a boot camp in the city of Uijeongbu north of Seoul.

Many of the hundreds of fans gathered in front of the base were from Japan and China.

All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve two to three years in the military, a legacy of the Korean War of the 1950s. Rain isn't expected to receive any special treatment during his time in the army.

Rain's real name is Jung Ji-hoon. He is one of Asia's most popular stars.

He made his Hollywood film debut in "Speed Racer" in 2008.


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