Actor Hyun Bin is scheduled to visit Indonesia on October 5th.
According to the Ministry of National defense, Hyun Bin (birth name Kim Tae Pyung) will be in Indonesia for 2 nights and 3 days, starting on October 5th through the 7th. He will be there to attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations and also visit the Marines Corps base in Indonesia.
The Indonesian government had personally invited Hyun Bin to this event, in order to jump start the negotiations of a $1 billion deal to import Korean made submarines and advanced training models of Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 Golden Eagle multirole fighter jets to Indonesia.
His popularity in Indonesia is obviously undeniable, especially after his drama ‘Secret Garden‘, but some people are criticizing the fairness on recruiting an active duty soldier for these sorts of activities.
On the 16th of last month, The headquarters of the National Defense Committee (Democratic Party) stated that they are looking into Hyun Bin serving as an official spokesperson for the Korean Marines Corps before his promotion.
Hyun Bin took part in the Marines Corp marathon on the 25th, and served as an MC at the Marine Corps band performance on the 30th.