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Yoo Seung Joon is still banned from Korea

By alim17   Friday, September 30, 2016   171,352   3,620   284
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The final judgment is out for Yoo Seung Joon's case against the L.A. Consul General, demanding a Visa for entry into South Korea.  He is currently blacklisted from ever entering the country after evading military service by getting a citizenship in the United States on the sly, and has been trying to fight it as of late.


SEE ALSO: Yoo Seung Joon is doing all that he can to set foot in Korea once again


On September 30, the Seoul administrative court upheld Yoo Seung Joon's entry ban into South Korea. The court stated that they can't allow entry because if they did, it would demoralize the soldiers currently serving and set a precedent for teenagers to avoid conscription.


Although Yoo Seung Joon lost the case he is refusing to accept it.  He is likely planning to appeal.  On this day, his attorney stated, "He's extremely disappointed in the judgment made by the administrative court today.  He acknowledges that the choice he made in the past was wrong after the results, but not allowing him into a country for over fourteen years when he had been born there and lived there up to middle school is too severe and unfair. He will consult with his family and discuss what to do next, such as make an appeal, then make a decision."

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    cmerle1 Thursday, October 6, 2016

    I know that SK's military service is mandatory, I apologize for not addressing that in my previous post. Anyone who is conscripted (I think this is what it's called, right?) or even volunteers to serve could be called to serve in war, go overseas to fight other countries. Lord knows the USA has had our share of wars. But that's the chance you take when you go into the military. His mandatory time is only 2 years. I served as a nurse for six years and helped take care of casualties when they came back from battle. Not something I'd wish on anyone having to deal with that sort of thing. But he chose to leave your country instead of fulfilling his military obligation and to me it's not something to be taken lightly. If he ends up being let back into your country, I think he should not only do his 2 years but maybe a couple of extra time in addition to serving some jail time. I know a lot of people in your country are waiting to see the outcome. I know I am. I hope it explains a little better what I tried to say in my previous post.

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    LordLiar18 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    He should have known it for the very beginning... I'm quite of an ignorant when it comes to SK's policies but i do know that the military service is a very important part in SK, especially for men... And he decided to go away from his duty as a SK citizen...

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    NgohiongPuso LordLiar18 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Actually, every country, even way back history, can muster an army in times of war. They can force service from the citizenry if they must. This two year service is a way for South Korea to have men and women equipped with the skills for war even when they are already civilians. Your country can call you too but let's not wish for war.

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    cmerle1 Sunday, October 2, 2016

    A permanent ban is a little bit harsh. I get that the government is trying to set a precedent so others won't be draft dodgers (what we in the USA call them). I say let him back into the country and make him go through the military with a couple of years extra as a penalty. I, as a female soldier in the U.S. military, was not obligated to serve any time but I served three years voluntarily and think that it made me a better person for doing so. Skills learned in the military can be used on the outside for good jobs. This being said, actions have consequences. He should have thought of that before he made the decision he made.

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    NgohiongPuso cmerle1 Sunday, October 2, 2016

    You're a soldier.. you should know that the military law is harsh. Dura lex sed lex!

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    jennkyube cmerle1 Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    There is a difference. US is not sharing a border with a country that is technically still at war with them. I can't believe I still have to explain this to someone with military background, but MANDATORY conscription is what it is. Mandatory. And the law sets it like that for a reason. Also, he had multiple chances to set things right in the past. He was allowed to go back once for his father-in-law's funeral. He could've apologized at that time and serve the country with extra time, but he didn't. In 2011, he was asked again about it and he said he has NO plan to ever return to Korea. Only when he's past the conscription age limit did he start to actively begging everyone to allow him into the country again. That one time he made a public plea while crying, and he cursed after that, not realizing that the mic is still on. Permanent ban is harsh? Oh I wish someone like him can be banned from every country in the world. I have no sympathy for this kind of person.

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    NgohiongPuso jennkyube Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    You should have just told this person that Treason is punishable by death. Being banned is a soft punishment.

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    misslola Sunday, October 2, 2016

    "... not allowing him into a country for over fourteen years when he had been born there and lived there up to middle school is too severe and unfair", but trying to evade military service in the country he was born and raised is okay? Sometimes when I read about celebrities who try to evade military service I get a little bit mad. It's not that hard, especially when you have special units. I turned 21 this past week, it also marked 6 months since I was discharged. I am a female, and in my country it is MANDATORY for both males and females to enter the army. It's not easy at all, both mentally and physically. But I "survived" these two years and honestly believe it helped me grow as a person. People at my age from different countries are already on their way to get their degree in something (if they haven't yet) while I just recently got my life "back together". Was it easy to stop my life just to serve my country? No. Was it worth it? Looking back, yes. It holds you back? Definitely. But being a celebrity in a country where it's mandatory doesn't give you an exemption. So sorry, I cannot feel for these celebrities who were most likely going to serve as special soldiers or whatever it's called.

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    user2543 misslola Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Where are you from?

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    vegso Sunday, October 2, 2016

    What's so bad about joining the military for 2 years when everyone is doing it in your country? It kind of holds back on your life for a while, but so does everyone's, also i think it is good for you to build a good physique, learn basic survival stuffs and so on. Out of topic, honestly I think it should be also applied for women for a shorter period and a lot of countries should do it as well. Here in Europe we have Sweden doing it for half a year though, one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

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    Winston vegso Sunday, October 2, 2016

    Firstly i think back in the days, (I believe his was like more than 10 years ago), The training might have been more harder, and welfare not as good as nowadays. I think "bullying" in the army exists also to some extent, or he might have heard a lot o f negative news from others and have a fear of going to serve. that is why some countries they arrange visits to army camps by parents to see how "Well treated" their kids are getting in the army, like the beds their kids are sleeping on, nice and clean, and the army food being delicious and nutritionous and the welfare things like the Mart in the camp, and maybe even Karaoke and etc they show army boys using in their "free time", while in reality you dun really HAVE "free time" and those items and equipment are more used by officers than they are used by the recruits.

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    jennkyube Winston Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    With his celebrity status and the way military operates 15 years ago, there is NO way he would be put in the actual active duty. Celebrities have been getting better treatment for years until recently (maybe about 5 years ago?).. even if this guy did military service he would be put as public officer. That will be the easiest two years of his life, but no, he chickened out. This idiot deserved the punishment for being a special kind of stupid.

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    Winston jennkyube Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    From what I read about South Korea's enlistment act, you are also serve for 3 years as a researcher for the military or related industry also, for example if you are an engineer or sorts. so there are other ways to "serve" and not be in the combat units. I wonder why he ran anyway.

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    youcangoeatshit Saturday, October 1, 2016

    You gotta love this DILF for not giving up

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    BoBo101 youcangoeatshit Sunday, October 2, 2016

    from what angle is he a dilf?

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    Miaoami Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Being banned for 14 years so far is harsh. They should have just let him serve some years in high penitentiary.  That would have taught him a lesson too.  But even tho it sucks that men are forced to serve, I haven't heard anything in the news about South Korean soldiers being sent out on missions like the US soldiers so idk whats so bad about serving.  But maybe I'm wrong about the current state of things over there.

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    bakanishela Miaoami Sunday, October 2, 2016

    It might sound harsh, but if u were a S.Korean citizen men, and if the S.Korean goverment let him in, what do u think the other soldiers would think about that? I think S.Korean soldiers is more like they have to stand by there in case there is a wqr between South and North Korea. They don't usually send their soldiers out of country like what US do.

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    NgohiongPuso Miaoami Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    You should know that what he did... is somewhat like treason. Treason is punishable by death. He, getting a ban, just got a very kind punishment.

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    koala_bear Saturday, October 1, 2016

    This is a tough situation, I feel bad for him but what he did WAS desertion/dodging-service....he slyly got US Citizenship JUST before he was to serve military service and tried to dodge. Yes, it was sly/wrong on his part, but I also think the idea of forcing all men to be in the military is wrong......but that's because I'm American and we did away with the draft because many of us have an aversion to such policy. However back when we did have the draft it was known that your options were to Serve, or Not-Serve/Flee and forever risk the chance of being chased, prosecuted, and possibly jailed. He knew the risks for what he was doing, and whether or not we foreigners agree with SKs conscription, it's the law of the land he can't expect no backlash or for them to rule in his favor when doing so would set a bad precedent. I feel very bad for him, especially if all his family and friends and loves are in SK, but the law is the law. Sometimes the law is wrong, and hopefully before he dies, or if his parents/family members pass, they'll show mercy and let him in....

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    NgohiongPuso koala_bear Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Their country is still at war. Anytime, their very kind neighbor might just attack them. If South Korea's citizenry aren't prepared for war when it breaks... Then should I say.. good bye KPop.. and you wouldn't even be here to write a comment about it. That two year training is like arming the men or even women with the skills to protect the country.

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    just_ynej Saturday, October 1, 2016

    it's 14 years already, and Korea thinks that it's not enough and made their decision final that he'll be banned forever.. I get it, they stated their reasons etc.. But what i don't get w/ Korea is that their rape or murder cases,  i'm surprised to see that they only get  3-5 years or sometimes even less.. or sometimes in rape they only get 2 years or less. even when a parent kills their child or vise versa, they don't get more that 10 years.. Since i'm no expert, i want to ask.. This Yoo Seng Joon guy deserves his punishent, for a Korean standpoint, betraying a country is a big no! But what about heinous crimes?

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    JamesR Saturday, October 1, 2016

    For those of you who don't know about him, Yoo Seung Joon was a hugely popular Korean rapper who sold a lot of records (he also won a lot of Korean music shows). Just before he was to enter military service, he left for the US and became a naturalized US citizen. The Korean government called it desertion and banned him permanently from coming back to Korea. He became an actor in China and started calling himself Steve Yoo. Last year he begged Korea to allow him to come back but they rejected his appeal.

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    Taeng4ever JamesR Saturday, October 1, 2016

    thats wrong... Thank for the info. Its sad.

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    koala_bear JamesR Saturday, October 1, 2016

    It's not "they called it desertion" it WAS desertion....he slyly got US Citizenship JUST before he was to serve military service and tried to dodge. Yes, it was sly/wrong on his part, but I also think the idea of forcing all men to be in the military is wrong......but that's because I'm American and we did away with the draft because many of us have an aversion to such policy. However back when we did have the draft it was known that your options were to Serve, or Not-Serve/Flee and forever risk the chance of being chased, prosecuted, and possibly jailed. He knew the risks for what he was doing, and whether or not we foreigners agree with SKs conscription, it's the law of the land he can't expect no backlash or for them to rule in his favor when doing so would set a bad precedent. I feel very bad for him, especially if all his family and friends and loves are in SK, but the law is the law. Sometimes the law is wrong, and hopefully before he dies, or if his parents/family members pass, they'll show mercy and let him in....

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    monaco JamesR Saturday, October 1, 2016

    I'm confused- he said he was born and lived in S. Korea until middle school? So was he in the US during high school/college then came back to SK to debut, kinda like Micky Yoochun from DBSK/JYJ? (only reference I can think of right now) . But then he evaded military service by declaring citizenship?

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    bangeryun94 monaco Saturday, October 1, 2016

    He never applied for US citizenship until he got his enlistment papers from Korea. He lived in the US without being a citizen.

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    NgohiongPuso JamesR Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Long ago, when empires were at war, deserters were immediately killed. It is equal to being a traitor... It's not current.. just so you know... it still applies.. That is why when you cheat on your girlfriend/boyfriend... you die also.

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