K-Pop Star Rain To Join SK Military

K-pop megastar Rain is set to join the South Korean military on Oct. 11 for compulsory service, according to news reports.

The 29-year-old singer and actor had delayed his service for a year in order to complete his master’s degree at Dankook University.

Rain appeared in “Speed Racer” in 2008 before starring in “Ninja Assassin” the following year.

AFP reported that Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, will undergo basic training at Uijeongbu just north of Seoul before he begins his 22-month military service.

“I will be serving in the army… the date was finalized this morning,” he wrote on his website, adding he does not yet know where he will serve. “I thank you all for supporting me for the past 10 years.”

Rain will hold a free farewell concert in the Apgujeong neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam District on Oct. 9, according to The Hankyoreh.

The K-pop star has reportedly expressed his willingness to perform free for residents, since he has been a publicity ambassador for the [Gangnam Ward Office] and wanted to show the public his gratitude for his stardom before he joins the army.