SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- Four idol singers, including Lee Min-hyuk of boy band BTOB, began their mandatory military service Thursday, temporarily leaving the K-pop scene behind.
Min-hyuk, Hoya, a former member of boy band INFINITE, and two rappers -- Hanhae and Loco -- joined military boot camps to serve the 21-month mandatory military service as police forces. Hoya, whose real name is Lee Ho-dong, will work as a social service agent in place of a term in the military.
All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve in the military as the country is technically at war with North Korea.
Before officially starting his term, Lee uploaded selfies on his Instagram account, bidding "adieu" to fans.
Loco also posted a selfie in his Instagram account, announcing the release of his new album on the same day he starts the mandatory service.
"At 6 p.m. today, my new album 'HELLO' will be released. I hope you enjoy it and give your feedback, then I will check it sometime later," Loco said.
Hoya, meanwhile, uploaded a YouTube audio clip on his Twitter account, covering K-pop singer Paul Kim's famous song "Me After You" as a way of saying goodbye to his fans.
He first broke the news of his enlistment on Tuesday, uploading online a hand-written letter to fans, vowing "to spend the time (during the service) as a chance to mature."