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Welcome back, Gong Yoo
by | December 7, 2009 | 141 Comments

Fans rejoice! Gong Yoo is finally out of the army.

The actor — who enlisted at the height of his popularity following 2007’s Coffee Prince — was discharged from his mandatory service on the morning of December 8. He gave a brief greeting to the press and fans who had come to the Department of Defense building to welcome him back to civilian life. Approximately 250 fans were in attendance, some flying all the way in from Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Upon his discharge, he said, “I feel free and wonderful. I’d like to travel, and sleep. I also want to eat my mother’s food.” He added, “It was difficult physically, but I’ve made memories I won’t ever be able to forget. … The letters and presents that many fans continually sent me were a big support.”

Gong Yoo expressed his intention to enjoy a brief break while taking his time to pick his next project. A rep from his management company explained that he doesn’t have immediate activities planned, and wants to decide on his next role sometime next year. (Let’s hope earlier rather than later.)

Gong Yoo enlisted in active duty in January 2008, and was transferred to the Defense Media Agency after eight months. He served the remainder of his time in the public relations department as an entertainment soldier, where he acted as a DJ for the army radio station.

Via Star News, Asiae


141 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. langdon813

    Christmas did indeed come early this year! Definitely something worth rejoicing over! Since GY was already in the military when I discovered Kdramas, the time has passed much more quickly for me than for most of his fans, I’m sure.

    Thanks JB! Love the pics, especially the one with the tongue. 😀

  2. Quackercrap

    Woo Hoooooo!!!

  3. Sm

    Finally he is back!!! Miss him. Hope he would pick up new project soon..

  4. emma

    i rewatched coffee prince every summer to relive the moments
    WELCOME BACK can’t wait tosee what you’re going to do next gong yoo! <3

  5. Grace

    YEEEEY,, one of my favorites is back! I am so happy! Still cute!

  6. Syb


  7. Yoorie

    OMG I have literally been counting the days! I’m so excited.

  8. Amber


  9. cingdoc

    Two words:
    WELCOME HOME, BABE…ok, three words…too excited to think clearly 😉

  10. 10 Nina

    my prince is back! thank for your comeback Yoo! ♥

  11. 11 Anonymous

    He is finally back…. miss him , looking forward to his next project… SOOON

  12. 12 wulanastasiaz

    thanks a lot for the report..

    he looks so happy..
    and i feel soooo happy to for him..

  13. 13 Carol

    Yay my husband is baaaaaack!

  14. 14 xiaoSxin

    woot!!! woot!! HE is BACK!!!! I think we can expect great things from him now that he is more “mature”…

    I am excited to see his comeback project. I wonder who is the next one to get released??

    2010 is becoming intriguing already.. I wonder what surprises it will bring us!

  15. 15 robotmatsuri

    YAYYYYY! I love him, totally excited for what ever project he chooses to do. 😀

  16. 16 Alison

    i’m glad he’s taking a little break before he jumps into his next project but let’s hope he chooses a drama or a movie soon.

  17. 17 amhrancas

    yea!! *flails*
    I hope he enjoys his down time, and finds his way to a quality role. ^_^

  18. 18 arielna

    yeay!!! welcome back my favoritest korean actor

  19. 19 angle2mx

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAn’t wait for his next project. Please don’t pick an angsty drama. Something cheerful will do. Please. Gets down on knees and beg.

  20. 20 Emily

    Is it even possible? I believe he came back even better looking!

  21. 21 pabo ceo reom

    I wonder if he still has to dress in army gear when he does DJ-ing…..

  22. 22 Pia

    He looks so happy!

    Looking forward to seeing him in civilian attire….he was hot before….I bet he will even look hotter now, if that’s possible…..( I hope I don’t pass out when I see him and miss the chance to drool …(-: )

  23. 23 SmilingPasta05

    Wow! Ooooow!

    I can’t believe that this time is REALLY flies so fast! Thank goodness that my best

    favorite actor Gong Yoo is FINALLY — BACCKKKKK!! YYaaayyy! Welcome Back!!


    ** ADD: Ooh, I can’t wait to see him in a new project for any new dramas and movies either in next year (2010)!! **

  24. 24 diane

    Oh boy it is an early Christmas! First Chun Jung- myung now Gong Yoo! Love the picture with the tongue!
    Welcome home gentlemen!

  25. 25 Diwata

    Alright, step aside little boys because MR. HOTNESS is passing through. wOOt, wOOt!

  26. 26 iwasing

    OH MY Goat! his back time really fliesssss!

    I hope he didn’t get married like KWon did after his out I wish him great projects and Enjoy Freedom!!!get married in your 40’s Promise!!!!!!!!

    Let me know if you want to travel I’m ready 24/7 hehehe!!!!

  27. 27 nixxochick

    i think he looks hotter than when he left 🙂 i’m super excited and can’t wait for his next project. now i’m just waiting for the shinhwa guys to come out, thank goodness eric comes out next year

  28. 28 beamingstar

    Is he still with his girlfriend?Su Jung? I hope that he gets better one!

    I hope he gets a brand new girlfriend hehehehe………..

  29. 29 sucker for Seok

    Wow amazing pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made my day again, JB!!! Thanks

  30. 30 gallivanter

    Aw, he looks so happy!

    I think this calls for a Coffee Prince re-watch!

  31. 31 maria

    COFFEE PRINCE 2, PLEAAAASE!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 eun hye hasn’t made too many big steps after gong yoo left, either, so i think it would be nice for both of them to revisit their characters.. coffee prince the movie, anyone? 😀

    this is bittersweet though, coz my other favorite, Lee Dong Wook is still in service. HUHUHU 🙁 but welcome back, CHOI HAN GYUL!! we missed you! 😀

  32. 32 chase555

    YAhoooooooooo! his back welcome back to party life!!!!!!

    Let’s Party!!!!!!!

    I hope he gets around ahihihi!!!!!!

    A movie would be a good one..and lots of TV appearance what about variety shows as a guest ofcourse……..

    waiting waiting waiting!!!!!!!!come out soon!

  33. 33 yaaaaaaaaaaay

    man he’s taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!
    can’t wait for his comebacks!

  34. 34 lovenyc52

    Oh Happy Day!! Welcome back Gong Yoo!!! How we’ve missed you so 🙂

  35. 35 Anonymous

    ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! YESSSSSS 🙂 😀 😀 😀

  36. 36 skyeflakes

    I love it!!! Great news..He is such an awesome actor. I hope he gets his rest then get back to work so he can light up the screen again. He still such a cutie!!!!!

  37. 37 bbm

    I love his comment about wanting to eat his mother’s food, LOL…
    i hope after he take his brief break (and please let it be very, very brief), he will took on interesting roles… i missed seeing him on the screen…

  38. 38 jinkzz

    So happy that GY is finally out of MS… now , eagerly waiting for his next project

  39. 39 Retta

    OK……..can I say it???

    I must ..I must…

    All I want for Christmas is Yoo!!! I so look forward to his next project!

  40. 40 Mia

    So glad he is back. I’m very excited about his next project..

  41. 41 YABaddict

    Yeah! Welcome back Gong Yoo, we missed you!
    I hope he rests well and spends time with his mom and family, right on time for Christmas!
    And then, can’t wait to see him acting again! Wow, it seems 2 years went by really quick!

  42. 42 ivanovie

    How time flies…Welcome back GY!

  43. 43 Snikki

    My Gong Yoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Got too excited; I suddenly have a headache! I wanna say so many things, but they’re all tangled up in my brain. I even thought he was holding a bomb at first… geez, I’m not functioning right!

    Uhmm… what to say… ok, I guess nothing. I’m (obviously) ineffably overjoyed! I’ll just scroll back up and look at his pictures. 🙂

  44. 44 mean

    Jumping for joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!

    welcome back!

  45. 45 kristabelle

    Yes!!!! My all time fave Korean actor is back. He looks hotttttt esp. the tongue picture .Welcome back our Coffee Prince Gong Yoo. Thanks JB.

  46. 46 'cille

    gong yoo looks really good, it helps that he’s wearing his army uniform in this pix. welcome back gong yoo! please get as much as rest as you can, catch up with your family and friends while deciding on your next project.

  47. 47 Porcelain

    Welcome back baby!!!! Spazzing like crazy @ the pix of him sticking his tongue out… Boy is still sexy mischevious like that!!!

  48. 48 lenrasoon

    i’m so happy!!! welcome back Gong Yoo ^^

  49. 49 christine

    Welcome Back Gong Yoo!!!!!

    Oh how i miss your cute facial expressions!!!! Can’t wait to see you onscreen!!!!

  50. 50 Sharon

    It’s good that another good artist has come back! Looking forward to his next project.

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