Kangta is a former member of H.O.T., which was one of the most popular idol groups of all time. Back in April of 2008 he entered the military, which is mandatory for all Korean males. After serving for nearly two years, he’s finally being discharged. After being formally discharged from the military he thanked SNSD / Girls’ Generation.
On the 19th, Kangta met with reporters and had a nice relaxed interview in which he talked about his life in the army. Of course, after two years of service in the military, having the paparazzi in your face again would be somewhat of an annoyance, but Kangta rolled with the punches and responded very kindly to the reporters.
He stated, “I still feel awkward being in front of cameras again, but I’ll soon be adapted again.”
But why did Kangta feel the need to thank the girls of SNSD? Kangta said, “SNSD came to visit me once and my unit went crazy. It was so bad that it would have been rude of me to ask them to come again. The girls asked their manager to take a polaroid photo of them and they gave it to me… after that my popularity went straight through the roof.”
He continued, “In my unit, I was of course a SNSD fan. Many girl groups were my energy throughout my army life. Thank you. Now I’ll try my best to be a helpful sunbae (senior).”
Of course, Seoul has been turned into a winter wonderland in the past month and although temperatures were below freezing, some 300 fans waited from as early as 8 in the morning to see Kangta. He expressed his gratitude to the dedicated fans who showed up, “Even though it’s cold and snowing, I am very thankful to all my fans who showed up.”
And of course, who could think of the Korean army without thinking of countless nights of ramen and all around Asian junk food? Kangta shared his favorite barrack foods with the reporters as well. He stated, “Out of all the food I had in the army, the most delicious would have to be Tang Su Yuk (sweet and sour pork). Right now I really want to eat pig feet.”
Kangta is planning a heartfelt meeting with his fans and scheduled a fan meeting on the 20th at the Seoul Fate Art Center. He will also be holding fan meetings in Beijing and Tokyo in order to meet every fan he can. Good to see Kangta healthy and out of the military, it seems the military has done him good and he’s lost some weight, check out some photos below.
I WANT HEEJUN, WOOHYUK AND KANGTA ON VARIETY SHOWS TOGETHER OMG.
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