Top Korean actor Lee Min Ho completed his military service on April 25 after nearly two years and expressed his gratitude to fans for their love and support.
“Thank you,” Lee Min Ho posted on Instagram along with a photo of flowers and letters he received upon his discharge, his first post on the account since May 10, 2018.
He enlisted on May 12, 2017 and served as public service worker, an alternative form of military service, at the Suseo Social Welfare Center, which is run by the Gangnam District Office.
Fans, including those from Korea, Japan, China, Argentina and Mexico, waited outside the center on the last day of his service, holding banners and balloons to welcome him back.
Lee Min Ho, wearing a face mask, bowed and waved at them as he emerged from the center.
On his Facebook and Instagram accounts, fans posted messages to celebrate his return.
“Congratulations!!!! Welcome back. I Love you,” “Welcome Back! I hope and pray all the best for you” and “Welcome back oppa!! Can’t wait for the next drama,” were some of their messages for the 32-year-old star.
Lee Min Ho served as a public service worker due to severe injuries he suffered in a car accident in 2006 when he was 19. In 2011, he suffered injury while shooting the drama “City Hunter.”
The military ruled that because of his condition, he could not serve as an active duty soldier regardless of the time of his enlistment.
In May last year, Lee Min Ho entered the Korea Army Training Center in Nonsan and completed his four weeks of basic military training.
The actor has yet to announce his first project since completing his mandatory duty. His last drama was “Legend of the Blue Sea” in 2016.
In 2017, Lee Min Ho acted as presenter for the “DMZ, the Wild,” a documentary series about wildlife inside Korea’s Demilitarized Zone.
“Please continue showing your love and interest for him and he will say hello with a better look,” his agency, MYM Entertainment, posted on Facebook.