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Yoon Shi-yoon enlists quietly in marine corps
by | April 28, 2014 | 141 Comments

There was no fanfare for Yoon Shi-yoon as he reported for basic training on April 28 at a marine base in Pohang. The 28-year old actor chose to enlist quietly, stating that he didn’t want to alert the media and draw attention to himself. According to a statement via his agency, he said, “If you’re a man you go to army, and I didn’t want to cause a disruption for any of the other soldiers. I just want to quietly fulfill my duty for the nation’s defense.” He opted to join the marines, which is widely considered the toughest place to complete mandatory military service, a desire he expressed early on when talk of enlistment began.

Yoon debuted in the popular star-making sitcom franchise High Kick Through the Roof, and followed it up with a headlining role in Baker King Kim Tak-gu, which shot him to leading man status at lightning speed. He spent the following years in dramas Me Too, Flower!, Flower Boy Next Door, and Prime Minister and I, and his first movie Professional Mr. Baek had its (very) delayed theatrical premiere earlier this month.

For me it’s Flower Boy Next Door’s Enrique that will always be the first image in my mind when I think of Yoon Shi-yoon — he had this childlike ebullience that was so memorable, and thinking of him in that role always puts a smile on my face. It’s always sad to send another one to the army, and even harder to think about the fact that he’s just the first of many 1986ers to enlist (Yoo Ah-in and Choi Jin-hyuk are among his cohorts due to report for duty this year). Come swiftly, 2016!

Via enews24


141 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kimbumchum

    you shall be missed<3

    • 1.1 Secretly addicted

      Missed, he will be!

      What a mighty good man!


      • 1.1.1 raindrops1

        I completely agree. He will be missed. I wish him all the best. I hope time flies. Just thinking about his character makes me smile and puts me in a good mood. He seems like such a nice. Fighting!

  2. lemondoodle

    Very impressive on all counts. Going to the marines isn’t easy and without fanfare..and he didn’t go kicking and screaming at the last minute like so many other guys. Two years will fly by quickly.

    • 2.1 Ivoire

      I second the sentiments express here. I find it very commendable that he chose to go quietly (and he succeeded), and very considerate of him to not want to draw attention to himself, so as not to cause a disruption for his fellow soldiers. He did not make his leaving to the army about him. I really like him as an actor (I love the way he emotes, and I love it when he speaks foreign languages). I loved his chemistry with the actresses in Me Too, Flower!, and in Flower Boy Next Door (I haven’t watched his other dramas yet).
      Be safe Yoon Shi-yoon, we will be here, waiting for you.

      • 2.1.1 Me

        Marines is proper noun. Please treat it as such. Marines are not soldiers. They are the Marines. They are not the Army/military. They are Marines. Please show your respect for them by getting this right. Otherwise, I completely agree with you! ^^

        • sarewoo

          Oh good grief. That’s just being pedantic.

          • Ivoire

            Thank you sarewoo, I appreciate it.

          • Something new everyday

            Hey… I learned a new word today. ๐Ÿ˜€
            I had to look up ‘pedantic’

          • Ivoire

            So did I ๐Ÿ™‚

        • dani

          tbh, you sounded a bit mean. I understand that you want to be technical about which field he went in, but please dont be a grammar nazi. You know what the commenter meant. Geez

          • Ivoire

            Thank you dani! And I agree with you (about everything you said). Please read my comment below.

        • Joy

          USMC is actually a branch/department of the U.S Navy they still answer to Secretary of the Navy. Don’t ge me wrong I love the “Jar Heads” but they are a soldier/servicemen/enlisted. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Quiet Thought

            What Joy said. In the abstract, U. S. Marines are soldiers, but in day to day usage, they are very picky about being “Marines.” Which annoys the regular army, but the rest of us put up with it because of their romantic reputation.

          • Ivoire

            Interesting info Joy and Quiet Thought! I didn’t know that.

          • Ivoire

            Oh and thanks!

        • Eva

          Oorah, Semper Fi. -Wife of a Marine

        • Ivoire

          Hello Me,

          It’s nice that you can see what I saw, since you agreed with me. I will concede that I am not well versed in the differences between the army, navy, airforce etc…

          As for you correcting me, though I appreciate the distinctions you made, I also feel that you gave the impression that I made a mistake and was disrespectful on purpose, as reflected by the comments written by sarewoo and dani. It makes me wonder how well you paid attention to the text written by girlfriday above. When I wrote my comment, I took some of my words from that text, and it said (per Yoon Shi-yoon’s words) ” If youโ€™re a man you go to army, and I didnโ€™t want to cause a disruption for any of the other soldiers. I just want to quietly fulfill my duty for the nationโ€™s defense.”

          As you can see, YSY said “soldiers.” not “other marines.” If I was wrong AND disrespectful, then so was YSY or the person who translated his quote from Korean to English. As you can also see, I posted my comment at 4:55am, and Dramabeans’ time happens to be my time zone, so it was early in the morning. I didn’t think I should research the proper terminology (and what the differences are) before writing my comment, since I just wanted to quickly express my support and my admiration for YSY, which I am assuming is what many of us writing here are doing.

          I didn’t write this response because I am angry (I actually am not), but merely to explain and show where I was coming from. I hope that you can see, given my perspective, that I didn’t do anything “wrong per se,” AND that my intent was not to be disrespectful. Why would I want to be that way towards actors and actresses I have never met? They haven’t done anything to me ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Stuart

          The problem with being a nit-picking pedant attacking other people’s inconsequential errors is that you are very likely to make at least one yourself. Exactly as you did.

          You said of the Marines “they are not the Army/military” – that was only half-right. They’re not the Army, but they very definitely ARE military. YSY is serving his compulsory MILITARY service in the Marines, a military force.

          To once again borrow your own words, “Please show your respect for others by getting this right” before compounding someone else’s error with one of your own. The very military phrase “hoist with your own petard” seems apt here.

          • Ivoire

            Thank you Stuart!
            I learned a few things from your post as well. I loved this, ” ‘hoist with your own petard,’ seems apt here.”

      • 2.1.2 Ivoire

        Oh, and I meant to say this, “I second the sentiments expressed here,” instead of this, “I second the sentiments express here” Now THAT was a grammar mistake ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Ivoire

          Oh, and I realized that “the disrespect” was actually to the Marines, not to the actors and actresses. So no, I did not mean to disrespect the Marines, not at all.

      • 2.1.3 Jo

        well, especially in the light of the sewol disaster, it would be pretty strange (if not selfish and inappropriate) to disrupt media coverage with what just about every male citizen of Korea goes through.

        • Ivoire

          That makes sense.

  3. kooriyuki

    Noona shall wait for your return!!!

    • 3.1 sab

      Make that noonaSsss…

  4. Ceecile

    Will miss him but at least we get Ji Hyun Woo back in less than 10 days! May 6th I think.

    • 4.1 Jolyn

      Has 2 years passed by already?

      Holy Moly.

    • 4.2 Chandler

      NO WAY. Omg. You’re totally right. I can’t even believe it. He’s coming back?! I can’t even believe it’s been over 2 years since QIHM already! I’m so happy. Hopefully he’ll be cast in something soon!

      • 4.2.1 Jael

        Only yesterday i was drooling over Ji Hyun Woo’s very broad shoulders and height while rewatching Queen In hyeon’s man for the nth time wondering where this sexy namja has gone, only for me to hear he went to the army and will be back in 10 days. I think i broke my bed while jumping and squealing like a pig.
        Yoon Shi yoon you will be missed my baby

        • a_diva

          !! glad to see someone as enamored with QIHM as i am !!

    • 4.3 Shadow-chan

      Hooray! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 4.4 nova611

      Yoo In Na must be counting seconds alreadY~~

    • 4.5 myra

      and what about the prosecutor guy from City hunter? isn’t he supposed to come this spring?

      • 4.5.1 Ceecile

        Lee Joon Hyuk. Well I think he was supposed to be out in March but he was involved in the celebrity soldiers scandal and got days added to his discharge date. I’m not too sure though, I vaguely remember reading about it when the scandal first broke out.

      • 4.5.2 redfox

        ah, the prosecutor. that heroic hero of heroes. he was so much better than Lee Min Ho. that character really made me feel like I am looking up, up, up….and he is still way way above.

    • 4.6 magnus

      Well that’s good for us all, Yoo In Na especially!

    • 4.7 a_diva


      Great news to hear. Kim Boong Do is my all time favorite male lead & QIHM is one of my absolute favorites. I can watch it as many times as I can watch Coffee Prince w/o getting sick of it. In fact, I actually bought the DVD set–a first (and last) for me–although I have not actually managed to open it. I saw it in the junk closet this weekend & thought I really have to open it & watch it. I realized I’ve had it so long that if for some reason it’s defective, I won’t be able to return it. Maybe May 6th will be the day to crack it open & celebrate the end of his enlistment & wait with bated breath for him to do a comeback project!!

  5. mystisith

    For me he will always be Jae Hee from M2F. Miscast and cast at the last minute to save the day, he showed his emoting capabilities and some kind of maturity under that baby face. I wasn’t sure he would be accepted in the Marines with his frail constitution… I guess the recent working out paid.
    Good luck and come back in one piece. U.U

    • 5.1 Gidget

      I haven’t been able to figure out why people say that he was miscast. (Though discussing that in detail probably isn’t in the spirit of a thread that’s his only enlistment fanfare).

      I loved him in that role. He had the stylishness of someone in the fashion industry, the youthful look of a phenom, and conveyed the emotional vulnerability of a broken past.

      And as a romantic lead, that kiss. OMO. Best one I’ve seen.

      With a quiet enlistment in the Marines, he continues to impress.

      • 5.1.1 damianna

        He wouldn’t be considered a miscast if they had just forgo the part where the much older noona loved him. I mean his and bong sun’s psychological issues were meaty enough to last the entire series without that noona craziness. Me too flower and flower boy next door are my favourite of his. And I looove his voice!

        2 years will fly by in no time.

    • 5.2 Thursdaynexxt

      Me too! I think of him first and foremost as Jae Hee, Bong Sun’s man!

      It’s fascinating how that baby face goes hand in hand with his intensity when acting – and he comes across as such a good-natured and humble guy in interviews and stuff. I wish him all the best!!

      Oh, and pretty please, when he’s back, could we get a re-enactment of that striptease scene in Me Too, Flower? ๐Ÿ˜€


    That’s a man. I can never understand the big drama that some of them put up when they enlist. Fighting!! Marines are the toughies.

  7. Patricia Retired Teacher USA

    Prayers daily for your safe service. God bless.

  8. divyrus

    Enrique with his panda hat dancing up and down before the window , that’s what always come to my mind!
    You will be missed !

    Come back soon ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. mono

    I thought it was Seo Ji Suk in the picture, until I read the article. “Yoon Shi Yoon? 28? Huh?!”

  10. 10 JWspazz

    not to mention Park Kiwoong. :'(

    • 10.1 renn

      Argh. Why did you have to remind me???? *cries hysterically*

    • 10.2 canxi


    • 10.3 redfox

      I will miss him a lot when he goes. He really grew on me unexpectedly much. he should at least appear on radio programs (you know, police talk, chasticing people, hah!) I really like his voice.

  11. 11 ChoiHyeRa

    Awh man! Not my Enrique!
    Enrique was the first character that I saw Yoon Shi-yoon and I’d be lying if I say that his acting did not make me wish for my own Panda-baby-nosy-neighbour.
    The fact that he enlisted in the marine corps and that too without any media coverage or fanfare makes me respect him as a person. Oppa, I knew you were awesome but I didn’t know you were THAT awesome. 2016 can’t come fast enough.

    • 11.1 Ivoire

      So well said, and I agree.

  12. 12 PollyRose

    My love for him as an actor began with Me Too, Flower, a drama I adored at the beginning because of him and kept with all the way to end because when an actor makes me care my threshold for angst, etc rises significantly and I’ll hold out to see them get their happy ending.

    Flower Boy Next Door made me sure I’d adore watching him in anything and I delighted in seeing his child-like enthusiasm mixed with adult insight from week to week.

    But it was Barefoot Friends that earned him my respect and admiration as a person. I stayed with that show almost til the bitter end for him. The way he approached whatever challenge came his way with a great attitude and a willingness to overcome his fear and grow was just amazing. Sadly it became all abiout cooking and I left thinking to come back when they moved on to a new topic. Anyone who watched knows how that went…

    I’m sure he’s going to do amazing in the Marines and can’t wait to see him out again!

    • 12.1 Dramadairy

      Thanks Polly Rose on all counts!

    • 12.2 Reger

      Hi , I agreed with you, he first caught my eye with his dram me too flower. Even though his hit drama is KTG , is the role jae hae that make me continue to watch . Feel sad for him that the drama didnt do well in Korea. But though this drama , I able to see another side of ysy. Love him so much on FBND, he potray the roles very well just like a 17 years old kid even though he already 25. It came to a surprise that he join marine which as stated is the toughest militaris and despite his phopia with water. My respect to you for going in quietly although I wanted to see more photos on you before u enrol. All the best , stay healthy and take care.

    • 12.3 Thursdaynexxt

      I know, right? With my heart in my throat, I watched him overcome his extreme fear of water on Barefoot Friends… How crazy and brave is it that he’s now enlisting in the Marines, of all places?! You go, Yoon Si Yoon, fighting!!!

  13. 13 Chandler

    Aw I’ve been dreading this news! I knew it was coming though. I wish he could have had a leading role before heading out, but he really has impressed me in everything he’s done and I’ll be waiting for his return! He has been one of my favorites these last few years. I wish him all the best and am so proud of him for enlisting in the marines.

    Hopefully we’ll get news of some returners soon to balance out this news ๐Ÿ™‚ Ji Hyun Woo! Song Joong Ki!

    • 13.1 Savannah

      but song joong ki is coming back in May 2015… ๐Ÿ™ another year to go!

  14. 14 redfox

    You said: you always think of Enrique and now I am stuck with an image of a guy in panda suit among all those dapper mariners. dammit…ahh, what is this. so weird.

  15. 15 biankoy

    booohooohooohooohoo. sniffles
    Keep safe lovey.

  16. 16 AnOpinion

    I think this is a smart move. It’s so much better to enlist quietly then to make a huge brouhaha out of it (i.e. LT). And on a personal level, having a fans send-off before going to the army is like having to work till the last moment before enlistment, so I don’t get why actors do that at all.

    Seriously, rather than doing musicals and performances, going to the Marine Corps is a lot more interesting, no? I think he should be very proud of himself for serving in the marines. I mean, I thought guys would be proud to be in the toughest section in the army but apparently not very much so.

    • 16.1 maldita

      He’ll have lifelong street cred in Korea because he’ll be serving in the Marines. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 16.1.1 hanie

        Also, he is shield from netizens wrath for life too.

    • 16.2 windsun33

      The Marines is not part of the army – it is part of the Navy.

      • 16.2.1 AnOpinion

        To normal folks, navy, air force and army are all the same thing. They just fight on different grounds.

      • 16.2.2 Gidget

        I think ‘army’ is a term people use interchangeably with ‘military’. I don’t think they always mean the specific branch of service ‘Army’.

        BTW. What are the branches of military service in Korea?

    • 16.3 Quiet Thought

      Out of curosity, what is the Korean version of the nomenclature? Does the ROK have a “Marine Corps,” or do they call it something else? The Royal Marines and the French Marines, as far as I know, have no formal field organization higher than that of the regiment.

      • 16.3.1 windsun33

        The Republic of Korea Armed Forces (hangul: ๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ๊ตญ๊ตฐ; hanja: ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ๅœ‹่ป; Revised Romanization: Daehanminguk Gukgun) or ROK Armed Forces, is the armed forces of the Republic of Korea. It consists of the following branches:
        Republic of Korea Army (๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ์œก๊ตฐ; ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ้™ธ่ป: Daehanminguk Yukgun)
        Republic of Korea Navy (๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ํ•ด๊ตฐ; ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ๆตท่ป;Daehanminguk Haegun) Republic of Korea Marine Corps (๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ํ•ด๋ณ‘๋Œ€; ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ๆตทๅ…ต้šŠ;Daehanminguk Haebyeongdae)

        Republic of Korea Air Force (๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ๊ณต๊ตฐ; ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ็ฉบ่ป; Daehanminguk Gonggun)

        Republic of Korea Reserve Forces (๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ ์˜ˆ๋น„๊ตฐ; ๅคง้Ÿ“ๆฐ‘ๅœ‹ ่ฑซๅ‚™่ป; Daehanminguk Yebigun)

        • SongSong

          You always amazed me with your knowledge and insights about kdramas, now this too ? Woww..

          How I wish my husband has 10% of your interest about korea and kdramas..

    • 16.4 Aigoooo

      It’s what separates actors from celebrities. YSY is not a seeker of fame. It’s just a byproduct of his profession, that is why it made sense for him to not make a big deal out of his enlistment. Much respect for YSY.

    • 16.5 Ivoire

      Who is LT?
      I really liked what you said, it makes sense. I had never thought of the fans-send-off as having to work till the last moment, but that must true. Things would have to be organized in order for fans to be there (space wise and other things), collect the gifts some of them might bring, etc… And so the actor and his agency would be working until he turns around and leaves.

      About your 2nd #, I guess some actors would prefer the easier route, while doing their military service if they could (and it turns out, they can and they do).

      • 16.5.1 mommai

        LT is Leetuk, from Super Junior. He went off with a LOT of fanfare, and his pre-enlistment announcement and discussion was dragged out waaaaaay too long. Not sure how much of it was personal or a company decision, though, as he’s the leader of SuJu, and since they’re a boy pop group, they have a different fandom demographic. It did get annoying, though, and many non-fans complained about it. He also was in the last batch of the celebrity soldier division and did musicals and things for his service instead of normal military stuffs. He wasn’t in the more scandalous of celeb soldier scandals, though.

        • Ivoire

          Hello mommai~

          Thank you for that detailed info. I appreciate it, especially since I do love details (you must know me ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Speaking of celeb soldier scandals, Rain came to my mind, as I read your post.
          I agree with you about LT’s handling of his going to do his MS maybe (or maybe not) being a decision made by him and/or his agency. Interesting that he ended up doing the musicals and stuff kind of things. That division was abolished, wasn’t it? I think I read something about that. Please correct me if I am wrong.

      • 16.5.2 mysticmalady

        I think LT refers to Super Junior’s LeeTeuk, but correct me if I’m wrong….

        • Ivoire

          Hello mysticmalady, and thanks for the info.

  17. 17 haruka

    I know he will be enlisted soon but NOT THIS soon. 2 years is gonna be in flash but still *sad face*

  18. 18 shisuisen

    To think now the 1986-ers are about to start enlisting… D: Gonna miss him~ :'(

  19. 19 Carole McDonnell

    Ah gee. Sad but it’s part of the culture to have one’s life and career disrupted. Am wishing him well. Thanks for telling us.

  20. 20 Fab

    Have not seen his dramas, I don’t know how I missed them, but I have 2 years to catch up…
    It’s commendable that he went to the army without a fuss, but I actually like the fan-service…two years is too long.

    • 20.1 Thursdaynexxt

      Indeed! much too long … please stay safe, YSY!

  21. 21 korfan

    Aww …… Yoon Shi-yoon will be missed very much during the next 2 years.

    Wishing him and his fellow marines all the best.

  22. 22 maldita

    Props to him for not making a fuss and just went ahead and enlisted. And for the Marines at that! Hopefully he stays healthy and safe during his service.

    This certainly gives him street cred like no other, unlike another actor from a recently ended drama that’s also soon to enlist, but will be doing musicals for his service.

  23. 23 August

    Yoon Shi-Yoon [aka Yoon Si-Yoon]…

    I agree with many of the sentiments expressed already!

    You will be missed dearly during these 2 years. I love watching you act and appreciate your constant dedication and commitment to each of your characters and each of the projects you’ve tackled.

    You made Enrique one of my All-time Favorite Leading Men in Flower Boy Next Door. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your kiss in Me Too, Flower! as Seo Jae-Hee with Lee Ji-Ah as Cha Bong-Sun is one of my All-time Favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My admiration for you reached new heights after watching you in Barefoot Friends. You are a very inspirational person. Willingness to facing challenges head on: From conquering your fear of swimming in deep water; your thirst for knowledge; excitement about and interest in learning something new; and the lovely song you sang about your Granddad. You would be a a great person to travel with and a fun tour guide as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I watched Prime Minister & I only for you. Believe me, that I only stuck it out for you and only you as Kang In-Ho!!!!

    • 23.1 Thursdaynexxt

      Exactly what I wanted to say – thanks, August! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 24 Mandy

    I always wonder if its better to do it the Hyun Bin way with fan fare but sincere sentiments and appreciation for the support and love he got over the years. Or more like Yoo Seung-ho’s way with a quiet enlistment so as to not deflect attention away from his peers. I think it depends on the person, and I admire both ways tbh.

    Back to Yoon Shi-yoon, I can’t believe he’s going! He’s so young looking I always forget he’s actually older than LMH, Joo Won and Seung-gi. Gonna miss him loads, but time flies. He’ll be back soon!

    • 24.1 maldita

      I think Hyun Bin’s way was unavoidable for him because he just finished Secret Garden, which revived his career like no other. I suppose if Secret Garden hadn’t happened, he probably would’ve enlisted with a lot less fanfare.

      • 24.1.1 luzzieh

        Admire him for choosing The Marines like Hyun Bin…

        As for quiet enlistment… not sure if it was his plan or not… but considering the ferry disaster that just happened, no fanfare is better….

        Any other stars who joined The Marines? just curious…

        • Just Sayin'

          Korean celebrities who are ROK Marines. Not in particular order.

          > Actor Song Jae-hui ์†ก์žฌํฌ (ROKMC Recruiting Class 879 – Honor Guard) – The Moon That Embraced the Sun

          > Director Kim Ki-duk ๊น€๊ธฐ๋• (ROKMC RC 152 – NCO)

          > Actor Hyunbin ํ˜„๋นˆ (ROKMC RC 1137)

          > Actor Jung Seok-won ์ •์„์› (ROKMC RC 995 – Force Recon) – Rooftop Prince

          > Singer Yi Jung ์ด์ • (ROKMC RC 1080)

          > Singer O Jong-hyeok ์˜ค์ข…ํ˜ (ROKMC RC 1140 – Force Recon)

          > Actor Choi Phillip ์ตœํ•„๋ฆฝ (ROKMC RC 903) – Soulmate

        • vina

          I admire him for he will have to go through all the hard training but sometimes even if you choose to enlist as a marine, doesn’t mean you’re qualified for it. So, it doesn’t mean all other celebrities who didn’t get into marines were avoiding it. Some don’t choose to enlist there, some simply can’t get into there.

          • Just Sayin'

            ROK Marine Corps, unlike the Army, is composed of all volunteers. They go through a thorough screening process not found in the Army such as physical test (in addition to medical screening) and personal interview. The competition for ROKMC is 4.5 to 1, meaning there are approximately 4 to 5 people competing to for 1 recruit slot. There are approximately 28,000 ROK Marines who make up two Divisions, 1 Brigade, and other smaller support or special commands. ROKMC has a storied history going back to the Korean War. It was modeled after USMC and conducted a combined amphibious landing with the USMC in the Incheon Landing.

    • 24.2 pogo

      It depends on the individual, I guess. There’s Hyun Bin and Yoo Seung-ho, as you mentioned above, and now YSY who went off quietly. Some stars will want a minimum of fuss, others may want to hold fanmeetings to show their thanks for the support of their fans.

      But there’s also a median – Song Joong-ki is very popular but was able to get away with a small fanmeeting shortly before enlisting, and then spending the last day before actually going, with his family. It’s all about each person’s different circumstances, I guess. I wouldn’t judge, either way. They go as per the rules, and that is enough for me.

    • 24.3 Ivoire

      I do agree with Mandy that HB was very sincere and grateful to the many fans who came to send him off, some even traveling from other countries. He was so moved (and so was I) that he cried, and he did a deep bow, the one where you kneel on the floor and you make your forehead touch the ground as you bow. I will admit that I was a little surprised when he did that.

      I can understand him being so moved, some of the ajhummas (sp?) brought their young children to say goodbye (and that was in the morning). Many people had signs that said “We love you.” I too would be moved if someone (that I don’t know) drove or flew in (and paid money to do so, and find accommodations while in Korea), just to see me leave, and maybe do touristic things while in the country.

      I can also see a positive side to a big send-off or welcoming back, as when HB came back, people (his fan club maybe?) donated a lot of rice that day. I always love it when celebrities’ status can be used for a good cause. I do agree with the comments that said that either way is fine, since either way can serve a purpose and has its reasons.

  25. 25 AJ

    Oh noooo…I knew it’s coming but not this soon! Booo..my baby YSY!!! Come back soon!

    I was really hoping he will do another drama as lead before his enlistment…aaahh..sad!! Fighting YSY and stay safe!! You’ll always have us fans waiting for your return!

  26. 26 Mia

    I already knew he was different when all the articles I read about him were of his unique upbringing. He never failed to give thanks to his grandparents and how their guidance shaped him to be the person he is today. This new update just reinforces the respect I feel for the guy. Oh, Yoon Shi-yoon! I will remember you for your great chemistry with Hwang Jeong-eum hyung in High Kick 2 and your kilometric sentences in Flower Boy Next Door. Come back safe and sound!

  27. 27 AdAl

    He will be missed. Best of luck and Fighting!

  28. 28 Katie

    NOOOOOOOOOO. Just when I started getting into him…NOOOOO. But I admire his humility so I can’t wait to see him in 2016. Sheesh, that seems like ages from now. But I’m assuming it’s early 2016…like February right? Marines are only 22 months right? Or did they make it 2 years for everyone?

  29. 29 Newbie

    And so the big drought begins… This year will be tough!

  30. 30 Lizzy4e

    The Marines…that will put hair on his chest.

    I think YSY has great depth of character. His most resent choices: the Marines, instead of an easier duty, and going quietly, instead of a self-aggrandizing send-off, reconfirm that his is not a vain and vapid pretty boy.

    I have thought for a while that his face is similar to So Ji-sub’s face. I hope his acting and career matures to So Ji-sub’s level.

    At any rate, I hope learns much and stays safe while his is serving his country.

    • 30.1 pogo

      yes, from his interviews and offscreen/non-drama persona, he’s always struck me as a quieter, rather introspective type. I hope these two years in the army will be good to him, and that he’ll have a great career when he comes back – he’s so talented.

      (personally, I’ve always thought he looked like a younger Lee Jun-ki, and if he comes back with the maturity in his acting that LJK showed, it’ll be great – not that I don’t think he’s a good actor already!)

  31. 31 ana

    2 years will fly by!
    1986ers which means my two favorite oppas will soon be joining him. Yunho and Jaejoong.

    • 31.1 maldita

      I think I’ll cry legit tears when Yunho and Jaejoong enlist. Jaejoong’s enlisting some time this year, right?

      No word about Yunho, but 86ers’ “deadline” is next year. SM’s pretty hush-hush about enlistments for as long as they can keep it.

  32. 32 Joy

    I like him in Baker Kim Tak-gu and that’s where I noticed Joo Won too.

  33. 33 dwfkimchi

    Aaawww! Already? I had read a couple of months ago that he was considering serving in the Marines. It has finally come true.

    Fighting YSY!

    Hope to u see u in some badass action role in drama or movie after you complete your 2 years in the Marines!

    Stay safe!

  34. 34 soserious

    sad faces all around.

    i feel like he didn’t make the best choices when choosing his projects – didn’t watch me too flower, prime minister and i… BUT kim tak-gu and flower boy next door will forever have a special place in my heart.

    will be waiting for you forever-baby-face yoon shi-yoon.

  35. 35 owl

    What?! The nicest guy in the world and we didn’t even get to send him off with well wishes? Don’t worry, YSY, it’s a lie that good guys finish last. You’re always #1 to me. Be safe.

    \ /

  36. 36 canxi

    Yoon Shi Yooooooon!! The bookworm~~

    Wow, I really think Flower Boy Next Door was the first thing I saw him in, lol. But even though Jin Rak was actually more my style I still loved Enrique. He was cute–annoying!–but cute, lmao. I’ll miss him. I’ll sure I’ll think about him every once in a while. I guess I should track down more things he’s in while he’s away.

    Good job, going quietly. It’s better that way. I also like that it’s a department he seems to genuinely want to do. Good Luck!

  37. 37 Aly

    i was deffo thrown off when i found out. and kind of worried when i found out he chose the marines because i have always seen him as such a gentle guy. fighting. i’ll miss you terribly ๐Ÿ™

  38. 38 fun-lugha-swahili

    Enrique annyeong ๐Ÿ™

  39. 39 Ivy

    oh dear, so many wonderful actors will be gone from drama land the next 2 years :'( :'(
    i’ll just have to rewatch their shows then

  40. 40 ilikemangos

    Awww, enrique! That will always be my favorite role of yours. Don’t usually care if an actor chooses to do fan meet before going off to army or to enlist quietly, but what really made me proud was that you chose the more difficult route by choosing Marines. Good for you, cause now you have my respect.

    Itโ€™s either gonna be a dry 2 years in dramaland or the rise of new stars. All the 86ers/87ers/88ers are planning on going to the army soon if they haven’t already.
    Next on list: Lee Min ho, Kim Soo Hyun, Jang Geun Suk, Kim Hyun Joong, Yoochun, Yoo Ah In, Lee Seung Gi, Jung il Woo, Choi Jin Hyuk

    Some from this list i can live without, but most of these guys are the hottest stars of their generation. I canโ€™t say iโ€™m too excited with this news but itโ€™ll be interesting how different things would be without these active actors in dramaland, some who like to do a drama a year. On the upside, every man comes back from the army with something new to offer — acting-wise, experience, perhaps a revised look on life.

    Current it boys Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Suk (both 24) will probably have a massive pile of dramas and projects to choose from now that their older sunbaes are leaving.
    Song joong ki, yoo seung ho, ji hyun woo — iโ€™m still waiting for your return!

    • 40.1 pogo

      yes, the vacancies left by the ’86/’87ers will probably mean that younger actors get to step up to the plate as leading men – Kim Woo-bin is one boy who’ll kill it if he plays his cards right, and that’s not even taking into account the returning ’84/’85ers (felt like just yesterday I was watching them all go off to army).

      I personally won’t be sad, that’s just the way dramaland is and actors of any calibre usually come back improved by the experience of military service – look at Lee Jun-ki, Jung Kyung-ho and Jo In-sung, to name just three.

  41. 41 laden

    I’m going to miss him,he just has this calmness about him.
    I wonder what would happen in S.korea when Lee seung gi or Lee min ho go in for their enlistment

  42. 42 kDkiddo

    Omg dont remind me ! Lee min jo is going too next year ! Im worried from nowwww ! Yoon oppa and alot others ! Oh I moss them so much !!!

  43. 43 sher

    what actor enlisted in musicals ?

    • 43.1 hanie

      choi jin hyuk
      I kinda love him a bit less after that tbh

  44. 44 blue

    I’ll always remember him as enrique too…
    I’ll miss him so much. One of very few actor i admire, both in acting and personality

  45. 45 bd2

    He did it the right way.

  46. 46 TimeOut

    Wow! That was a bit of a surprise. He’s joining The Marines? Didn’t he just learn how to swim last year on Barefoot Friends? I’m pretty sure he was sacred of water and heights and he overcame his fears on that show. That’s a big jump from fear of water to now a Marine!

    At the beginning of Prime Minister and I it looked like he had bulked up with muscle so maybe he was working out to get accepted into the Corps.

    • 46.1 Thursdaynexxt

      So proud of how far he’s come already!

      I didn’t notice his physique so much in PM&I (darn those winter coats!), but that’s interesting.

      He seems to be one of the most honest and grounded actors out there – I have no doubt he’ll give it 110% and more!

  47. 47 lalalaove

    i can’t believe he’s almost the same age as choi jin hyuk???dude’s so young looking!

    i’ll miss him! it’s so nice to see him go quietly. such a humble man :))

  48. 48 a_diva

    Farewell YSY. You’ll be missed.

    As for him going quietly & all the praise for his choosing to do so as opposed to having a fan meeting and/or big send off, I think there are pros and cons to both ways but ultimately the individual should do whatever suits him.

    There’s nothing wrong with either way & as an outsider looking in, I have never understood why the ones that go quietly are praised to high heavens and by implication the ones who hold fanmeetings are denegrated a bit.

    As a fan, I’d personally prefer to be able to say goodbye–the news that YSY quietly went away was a bit jarring. It seemed to come out of nowhere–even though we knew it would be coming eventually.

    Either way, I wish him the best & I look forward to seeing his infectious, charming smile in the future.

  49. 49 hanie

    Enlist without fanfare – check
    joining marines – check

    Yoo Shi Yoon is set for life from netizens’ wrath tbh. Hopefully you do your service without injury and see you in 2 years ok.

    ps: I read that news yesterday and had to Google-d his bio… That face is sure doesnt look like 28 y.o

    pps: Counting down for Yoo Seung Ho starts~

  50. 50 Ranie

    I respect him so much for this!

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