H.O.T.’s Kang Ta Discharged from Military

Korean pop singer Kang-ta, leader of former boy band H.O.T., will be discharged from the military tomorrow, according to his agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.

The singer had served on the search squadron in the city of Pocheon in Gyeonggi Province for the past two years as part of fulfilling Korea's mandatory military service.

The former idol group member will then kick off his activities the very next day, starting by meeting his fans through a series of celebratory fan events in several cities including Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.

His first fan meeting will take place at Seoul's Sookmyung Art Center on Saturday, where he will perform his hits songs, as well as show fans a video and photographs from his military life and sharing his future plans with the crowd.

He also plans to shake hands with every single person in attendance, as a way of expressing his gratitude to fans who have continuously supported him throughout his military years.

Kang-ta, whose real name is Ahn Chil-hyun, debuted in 1996 as the lead singer of the now-disbanded idol group H.O.T. The five-member boy band was one of the most popular K-pop acts in Korea and throughout Asia during the late 1990s to early 2000s.

He went on to release several solo albums after the group disbanded and has collaborated with other singers including a pop duo act with popular Taiwanese singer Vanessa Wu in 2006.


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