On June 17th a commenter who claimed to have spent eight months in the same unit as celebrity Im Si-wan made a social media post about the celebrity. He prefaced his statements by writing that he's not sure how harsh this sounds, but that he isn't interested in discussing the matter further with reporters or anyone else beyond this one comment.
The commenter explained that normal soldiers receive about forty days of vacation. Soldier vacation take place in four night-five day segments that have to be requested. Normal soldiers get seven or eight vacations, although more are generally requested. Im Si-wan's unit was more intensive than regular ones, so they received similarly extensive vacations.
According to the commenter, Im Si-wan received somewhere between one hundred and one hundred ten days of vacation. What's more, he received vacation time during special periods, like on military event days and the Pyeongchang Olympics. The commenter describes the treatment Im Si-wan received as comparable to that by the unit's best performing soldiers.
Interestingly the commenter closes by specifically denying that his description is intended as a denigration of Im Si-wan himself. He described Im Si-wan as a kind man with a bright face who never spoke in anger, who shared snacks sent in from his fans with the rest of the unit and was happy to sign pictures or pose for photos. The implication appears to be that Im Si-wan did not ask for special treatment, but that his relevant superiors gave it to him without needing to be asked.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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