Shinhwa is making a comeback on March 2011
After a four-year hiatus due to military obligations, the longest-lasting Korean boy band is returning to the stage.
by Liuyi (Luisa) Chen
Date Published: 01/30/2012
Shinhwa. Photo courtesy of Goodenter.com.
Ever since their 10th anniversary concert in 2008, the six-member group Shinhwa has been on a hiatus due to the mandatory military services that each of them have to fulfill. The first member to be enlisted for the military service was Eric in October 2008. One month later, Dong Wan also joined and they both did their duties in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, as public service workers. On October 2009, Jun Jin was enlisted and went through the same process. On January 2010, Andy got enlisted and served 21 months of active duty (the only one to have served actively). The last of the members to be enlisted was Min Woo, who served non-actively starting from February 2010. Hye Sung was the only one exempted from military services because of grave injuries in the knees that he has had since 2001.
The group is scheduled to return on their 14th anniversary, which is going to take place on March 24. This will take form in the release of their tenth album as a group.
Shinhwa is notable for being the longest-running Korean boy group, the only one to have stayed together for 14 years. Shinhwa has established a company of its own, named after its group name (making them the first pop group to have been able to do so). With Eric and Min-Woo as the co-representatives, Shinhwa plans to organize many more events for their fans in the next year.