It has finally happened. The longest running boy band has temporarily called it quits because of the inevitable military service.
Eric of Shinhwa has left to fulfill his military duties at Choongnam Nonsan Military Center on October 9, 2008. He was sent off by 200 fans from both China and Japan.
His departure now signals the countdown for the rest of the 5 members. Dongwan is up next in November and Minwoo in May 2009. On the other hand, Junjin has postponed his start for February 2009 with his announcement on October 6, 2008, With Shin Hyesung exempted from service due to his physical condition, Andy will probably follow with an announcement of his own once his solo activities are also finished.
Although this is a sad time for many dedicated fans, it was probably a good thing. With the comebacks of what seems to be every “idol” group in Fall 2008, there would have been too much competition for them anyways...