Yunho, the strong and charismatic leader of TVXQ, shaved his head and met up with his friends and wrote to fans to say goodbye, as he enlists in the Korean military to serve his country.

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He first met up with his label brothers Donghae, Leeteuk and Yesung all of whom have been with SM Entertainment since their youth.


Then Yunho penned a lovely letter to his fans.

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“I’m finally enlisting. When you see this letter, I’ll already be in the army, receiving training, right? Right now, I’m sitting here writing this letter after meeting with friends and people I know. We really spent some tough days, joyful days, and had happy times together, but this time is already here. When I look back on how I was a student and that I’m going to the army now (I guess because I’m 30?), I feel I have a lot to apologize for.”

“I wanted to greet you all before I enlist, but I wanted to mature as not U-Know Yunho but as Jung Yunho. I wanted to return to how I was when I first started my dream of becoming an artist, so I made my enlistment time and location private. I thought I’d become weak if I saw all your faces.”

“I’ve always worked hard in my own style, but I promise to return as a more strong and deep monster when I return from the army. Thank you so much for always cheering me on. Please cheer me on in the future as well. Let’s meet again as I promise to get on stage again. I love you.”

Yunho enlists

What about Changmin? Does this mean, there will be no TVXQ comebacks for a total of four years, if Changmin waits for Yunho to return before enlisting? Maybe Changmin will enlist next year. No matter what, we will wait for them to return, hopefully the time will fly by.

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Yunho will first undergo 5 weeks of basic training, before beginning his 21 months mandatory service as an active duty soldier. His expected discharge date is April, 2017.

Let’s take a moment to reminisce on the time TVXQ came to Los Angeles for the Catch Me If You Can tour, in the summer of 2013.

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