Surely many of us are already missing Ji Chang Wook and wondering how we can communicate with him since he won’t be logging into his social media accounts in the army. Fret not, for you are still able to contact him the traditional way — by writing a letter!
The South Korean army allows recruits to receive letters from people outside the army. After undergoing intensive training and sweating it out under the sun everyday, a letter is considered the best kind of gift for soldiers!
To send Ji Chang Wook a letter, you can write to the following address:
강원도 철원군 서면 금강로 7628
사서함 107-17-1호 백골신병교육대대 971기
This is the address translated in English:
7628 Geumgang-ro, Seo-myeon, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
P.O. Box 107-17-1
Third Infantry Division Recruit Training Institute, batch 971
Recipient: Ji Chang Wook
Postal code 24062
It is best that you write your letter in Korean so that he can read it easily. Imagine having to decipher stacks of letters written in a foreign language after exerting all your strength on training in the day! He may be able to read a bit of Hanyu Pinyin, but not Chinese characters. We cannot ascertain his standard of English, but he is definitely not able to read anything too difficult, so only write in short simple English if you have to.
Please do not make use of Google Translate to translate your letter into Korean because the result is often incomprehensible. You should either get a Korean friend to translate for you, or make use of a proper translation service such as Flitto. (Please take note that Flitto is a paid service.)
Due to the sheer number of readers we have (and since we are not native Korean speakers), it will not be possible for either of us admins to do translations for you.
Some other points you should take note of:
- It is advisable that you write the address in both English and Korean so that your local postman and the Korean postman are able to read it.
- This address will only be valid until the end of his basic training, which is 21 September 2017. He may be deployed elsewhere after this date. Please take into account the amount of time your letter will take to reach Korea (currently around 1-2 weeks of transit time) and make sure that your letter reaches there before 21 September.
- Please be considerate and do not overwhelm him with too many letters. He may be receiving hundreds of letters from other fans and he may not have time to read every single letter.
Go ahead and pen your words of love and encouragement to Ji Chang Wook!
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