Lee Seung Gi Forever

Dedicated to my absolute favorite Korean singer/actor/MC Lee Seung Gi


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[English translation] Seung Gi’s Acceptance Speech at 2017 AAA

Congratulations Seung Gi on receiving the Best Welcome Award at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards last night! You were so cute being nervous on stage and as always, had witty remarks to amuse the audience.  You’re only 15 days post military discharge and your work ethic is commendable as always. All the best on your upcoming CF and drama, Hwayugi. 

Credit: Seunggiairen

 

Leeteuk:  The next award category is for a special award.  It’s for the star that the most number of people have awaited news from this year. 2017 Asia Artist Awards, Best Welcome Award.

Lee Tae Im:  Let’s meet him through the screen.

Male voiceover: 2017 Asia Artist Awards. Best Welcome Award, Lee Seung Gi.

Lee Tae Im:  Yes, enough to be chosen as the number one star whose military discharge is the most awaited, Lee Seung Gi who is loved by the entire nation, is already flooded with love calls from drama, variety, movies, and all other areas of entertainment.  It seems he will be gathering a lot of interest in his future activities.

Leeteuk: Now, Lee Seung Gi-shi, at a moment that is the most anxiety provoking, including me, many people missed you very much. Please share your thoughts with us.

Seung Gi:  Yes, thank you. After my debut, I’ve received many awards…this Best Welcome Award… just its name alone is enough to make one laugh out loud. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever received one. To start off, I’d like to give my sincere thanks.  Before I express my thoughts about receiving this award, since this is my first time suddenly being in a place befitting celebrities, I ask for your understanding if my thoughts are not expressed coherently. My heart is beating so fast. I’m as nervous as if I had received news to re-enlist in the army. I imagined countless times what I should say about this award. But I couldn’t think of anything to say…because I didn’t do anything. (Audience bursts into amused laughter). All I did was successfully complete military service like every other male in South Korea. (Seung Gi is so humble as always) I thank you from the bottom of my heart for greeting me with this much interest and support. (Applause from the audience) It’s been a long time since I’ve stood in this kind of place. Watching singers’ stages that I used to watch as reruns on TV in the living quarters of the army camp made me realize that my job is an entertainer. I thank you. As for my future plans, I plan on diligently showing more to make up for the long time I spent in the army camp. I will work even harder to meet your expectations with a good project as much as you’ve shown interest and cheered for me. Please watch over me and cheer me on. Thank you. I will work diligently.

Leeteuk: Lee Seung Gi-shi, I am curious about something. Including myself, many people asked why your military service was so long…isn’t that right everyone? So many people said these things. Did you also feel the same way?

Lee Seung Gi: I have to answer the question before I get off the stage, right?

Leeteuk: Yes.

Lee Seung Gi: I’m so nervous right now, I don’t know how to respond.

Leeteuk: Yes, please speak comfortably.

Lee Seung Gi: Well, I’ve heard there were rumors that Lee Seung Gi wasn’t going to be discharged from the army, he was going to be promoted to a higher rank, he was being dispatched..I heard there were various rumors. They’re all not true. I just..like any South Korean male…including yourself and just like everyone here who has completed their military service…I did the same and was discharged.  As for those who felt my military service was particularly long, I thankfully think that people waited that much for me.

Leeteuk: Yes, now we only have time to meet the awesome Lee Seung Gi. Singing, Acting, seriously, the one who is able to carry out diverse fields is you. While you were serving in the military, which did you miss more?  The stage as a singer or the television as an actor? Also, there was variety, right? You also served as an MC as well, right?

Lee Seung Gi: I liked watching others’ stages.  It was really cool.  I used to think a lot about what I should do when I come back. Now, instead of thinking about that, depending on the situation I’m given, I will diligently greet you whenever the opportunity arises through various projects….whether it be through variety or as a singer, as long as my stamina allows.

Leeteuk: Yes, once again Lee Seung Gi-shi, now for the fans who are waiting really diligently….

Lee Seung Gi: Stop asking questions, seriously! (LOL! Seung Gi is so nervous he wants to get off that stage as soon as possible. So cute!)

Leeteuk: We will now wrap things up. Once again, fans who have waited for a long time, please give him a warm round of applause! Now then, Lee Seung Gi-shi, congratulations once again. I also waited for you. I will look forward to your projects.

Lee Tae Im: Yes, I saw press coverage declaring that you would make people sick and tired of seeing you. I hope you keep that promise.

 

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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Welcome Back Lee Seung Gi Subway Ad Event Fan Video

This is a beautifully made fan video of all the subway ads LSGKWA placed in 4 major stations in Seoul and Gangnam. I personally only had time to go to two out of the 4 a week after his discharge due to my work schedule; Dongdaemun History & Culture Park and Hongik University.

Credit: Shao-Ying Hsu

 


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[English translation] Lee Seung Gi congratulates KB bank on their 16th Anniversary

KB bank’s 16th anniversary congratulatory message by several Korean celebrities. So good to see you again Seung Gi! 💕

Credit: KB Bank

Seung Gi appears at 1:28

It’s been a really long time since I’ve greeted you. Also, I’ve missed you very much. I sincerely congratulate KB bank on the 16th anniversary of their founding. To KB bank who has always been the best, I will cheer you on from the bottom of my heart to advance beyond Korea and Asia to become a leading global financial group. Korea Best KB, fighting!

 

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever


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[English translation] From Seung Gi

This letter was posted on November 1, 2017, a day after Lee Seung Gi’s honorable discharge from the military.

 

Everyone, this is Lee Seung Gi who has returned to your side again^^

 

It’s been a really long time since I’ve greeted you from here
Did everyone get home safely yesterday~??
I worried a lot because the weather suddenly became cold

You were waiting the evening before preparing banners…
It wasn’t even your family member’s military discharge ceremony but all of you passionately congratulated me.
I give thanks to the domestic and overseas fans as well as all the citizens of Deoksang 3-ri ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

Yesterday, until I passed through the guardhouse, I thought a lot about what I should say.  Due to reporters being present, I was unexpectedly very nervous so I don’t think I was able to say very much.

That’s why on November 1st, I am writing as a complete civilian and reserve sergeant Lee Seung Gi.

When I first entered Nonsan training center, like yesterday, many of you came to see me off.  It is vivid in my memory.

Surprisingly, the army that I entered calmly and cooly was tougher than I thought ㅎ
On the first day together with my colleagues who entered with me (of course their average age difference with me was around 10 years), I think I numbly stared at the red night light for about 2 hours while lying in a row.

Mind training. Close-order drill. Shooting. Individual combat, etc. To a soldier in training who took in training one by one and by the time one adjusted, the greatest concern was one’s unit assignment. Which region would I go to and to which assignment would I fulfill my duty as a soldier.
Everyone serving prayed to their respective gods that luck would follow them so that they would serve near their homes.

With that anticipation, the completion ceremony was approaching and the place I was assigned to was none other than the ‘Special Warfare Command’ also known as the special forces.

Back then, it was the first time I heard about the special forces and I had no idea what kind of task the unit carried out so I wasn’t taken aback very much.
To become a member of that unit, one must complete airborne training in addition to training I had never heard of  in training camp. As I got to know that it was an extremely hard core unit hidden in a veil, I asked if there was any way for me to be reassigned to a different unit because I didn’t think I would be able to do it due to my fear of heights.
However, in the army, one cannot raise an objection to a superior’s command.  In addition, since there was no reason for personnel fairly deployed through the computer system to change, I was filled only with fear and ended up serving in the assigned 13th airborne special forces brigade.

However, a person cannot guess the future.
Through military life and training, I overcame my fear and surpassing that, in an instant I saw myself excited about intensive training. It became a wake-up call for me to look back on my life up to this point.

I learned through my body and mind that what was more important was not
where something was done but rather with who
what was being done was not as important as how it was being done

I think Lee Seung Gi in his 20s was clear about what he could and could not do
When things became difficult, he had to rest along the way. If he was worn out, he had to catch his breath..
What special forces soldier Lee Seung Gi in his 30s felt during his military service was
the point in his 20’s when he faced difficulty and was worn out, wasn’t I a bit too lenient on myself.. I came to think that it would be alright to go a bit further and rest.

When doing the long distance march, using a fixed time as one’s goal and resting along the way is one method.
However, I use distance as my goal and even though it may be difficult, until I finish that distance, I will not rest.

Of course, while doing the night march there is the fear of falling due to the rough terrain,
Knee pain, thighs that felt like they were going to have a cramp and were undergoing acupuncture with hundreds of needles.
Reddened combat uniform trousers, enduring it for the sake of merit, feeling as if my shoulders were going to break and although I debated over whether it was alright to overdo it like this,
In the end, I reached the finishing point and thought if one is not going to rest from the start, resting more midway doesn’t recover stamina.

Everyday, I had blisters on my feet so I had a threaded needle and poked the soles of my feet countless times and walked, repeating this over and over again.
Even though I fell asleep thinking, “Tomorrow I will never be able to walk”
After sleeping for about 4 hours, I again assembled my combat gear together and caught my breath. When I had finished, I pondered:
For exactly what did I do that for? How was I able to do it?

The conclusion I made was that it was possible because I really wanted to do it along with comrades who did it together.
Something that is impossible if done alone was made possible due to my earnest heart along with 
people cheering me on by my side.

With my impending military discharge, many people talked to me.
After your discharge, get a good rest, recharge yourself, and start work.

Although it is certainly relatable, because I am already filled with energy
I want to use this healthy energy for work that I do well.
I know that even among fan members, there are some who are worried.

However, the work that I do from now
is what I want to do and I have decided to do what I can do the best in priority order.
Of course, the results of that conviction can also be disappointing.

Also, every moment that happens, the people who are together with me could be celebrities I work with, colleagues, or staff.
However, I think that they can also be my family, my family at my agency, friends, and fans.

I think about how happy I would be if these people were together with me cheering me on so that I could work on what I want to do.

I don’t even have any talent in writing but I think it needlessly became long ㅎㅎㅎ

Personally, before the year ends, I hope that my wish to greet you through television comes true.
Until the moment I make my comeback on TV, everyone diligently work on building your stamina ~^^ㅎ
I will prove to you that I wasn’t lying when I said I would make you sick and tired of seeing meㅎㅎㅎ

To all the fans who waited for me, once again I give you my heartfelt appreciation and wish all of you happiness.

I love you

 

 

Source: leeseunggi.com

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever

 


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[English Translation] Star Inside ~ Lee Seung Gi

Credit: seunggiairen

 

“Lee Seung Gi is coming back”

 

Female MC: “Are you sad because you couldn’t see your actor? Don’t feel bad. That empty place will soon be filled by this person.”

Lee Seung Gi: ” I’ll fulfill my duties and return looking even cooler. Until then, please wait for me.”

Female MC: “Lee Seung Gi, who is serving the military in the special forces, is returning this 31st. With his impending military discharge, he was revealed through the Ministry of National Defense’s military magazine. [Caption says “Change from Nation’s younger man to Nation’s Beast-Man] Beast-man, Lee Seung Gi. Isn’t he really cool? After his military discharge, he’s expected to return straight to acting and variety. We’ll be looking forward to it. Loyalty!”

 

Korean to English translation by Elise Min, Lee Seung Gi Forever