BTS may attend new President Yoon Seok Yeol’s inauguration ceremony on May 10th. Park Joo Sun, the chairman of inauguration preparations, revealed that the group’s appearance for the event is now under discussion.
Park Joo Sun was a guest on KBS radio show Joo Jin Woo Live and spoke about the preparations for the inauguration. When asked about BTS’ participation in the event, he neither denied nor confirmed their appearance.
The Presidential Transition Commission visited the group’s agency, HYBE, on April 2 and discussed ways to develop pop culture, Sun AllKpop. Park said the preparations for the ceremony are now in progress and President Yoon wants to focus on the core content and not the flashy appearance.
The President wanted to hold the inauguration to keep people dreaming. He also touched on the idea that former President Park Geun Hye would attend the event, but explained that it remains to be seen how things will go.
He even revealed that President Yoon would like to meet the former South Korean leader before the inauguration. Speaking about the meeting between the new president’s transition committee and Hybe officials, a senior official said they had not yet discussed BTS’s possible exemption from military service.
However, this topic is still under discussion and could be discussed in the new government. At the meeting, Ahn Cheol-soo, head of President Yoon’s Interim Presidential Committee, told reporters that no one said anything about military service, he said Korea Herald.
It is something that should be decided in the newly launched (Yoon) government after discussion with the National Assembly, he said. This seems just an indication that they have left the door open for a discussion of the group’s military service in the future.
Ahn and his team met with Hybe Chairman Bang Si-hyuk, who is credited for BTS’ worldwide success. The group mainly talked about what the new government could do for the entertainment industry and start-ups in general.
Bang knew the COVID-19 pandemic had severely impacted the entertainment industry and that they could do something about it.
Before the topic of their conversation was confirmed, there were rumors that the meeting would be about Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook being exempted from military service. In South Korea, all disabled men are required to serve in the armed forces for about two years.
But as holders of the Fifth Class Hwagwan Order for Cultural Merit, BTS can extend their tenure to the age of 30.