11 Oct '11, 8am

Pop sensation Rain joins South Korean army

Pop sensation Rain joins South Korean army

South Korean pop star Rain is temporarily giving up his entertainment career to join the military. -- PHOTO: REUTERS UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) - 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 on 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.

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