A South Korean Marine during an annual military exercise. Photo: AP

Which South Koreans are famous enough to avoid military service? Son Heung-min but not BTS

  • The bulk of South Korea’s 599,000-strong military are conscripts, with all able-bodied men obliged to serve for 21 months
  • But not everyone is required to submit to the ordeal: some athletes and artists can qualify for exemptions
Topic |   South Korea

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A South Korean Marine during an annual military exercise. Photo: AP
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