Actor Park Bo-gum to host Baeksang Arts Awards as first activity after military discharge

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From left: Comedian-TV host Shin Dong-yup, actor-singer Suzy and actor Park Bo-gum pose for photos during the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards held at Kintex in Goyang, northwest Gyeonggi Province, in June 2020. (Baeksang Arts Awards)

Actor Park Bo-gum will resume his activities after completing his compulsory military service by hosting the 58th Baeksang Arts Awards, ceremony organizers announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old will host the show with singer-actress Suzy and comedian-TV host Shin Dong-yup, reuniting the team from two years ago. Before enlisting in the army, the actor promised to return to the Baeksang Awards as a host.

The trio hosted the annual awards ceremony for three consecutive years until 2020.

Park, who joined the Navy in August 2020, completed his duties and was discharged on Saturday. All able-bodied South Korean males are required to serve in the armed forces for a period of approximately two years.

Alongside Park, Shin will host the annual awards show for the fifth consecutive year, while this will be Suzy’s seventh year hosting the show.

The Baeksang Arts Awards ceremony has been held annually since 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in Korean film, television, theater and other segments of the entertainment industry between April 12 last year and April 31 March of this year.

This year’s event is scheduled to take place at the Kintex Exhibition Hall in Goyang, northwest Gyeonggi Province, at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The award ceremony will be broadcast live on JTBC, JTBC2, JTBC4 and Tiktok.

By Jie Ye-eun ([email protected])

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