Who Is the Oldest BTS Member?

We first met this member when he was 20-years-old. Now, a few years later, he’s toured with BTS worldwide and won the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist and the Teen Choice Award for Choice International Artist, amongst other nominations and awards. Here’s a little bit about the oldest member of the Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS.

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Jin of BTS | Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Jin, Mr. Worldwide Handsome, is the oldest BTS member

Jin, also known as Kim Seok-jin, also know as Worldwide Handsome, is the oldest member of BTS. He was born on December 4, 1992, making him a Sagittarius. Since the boy band’s beginning, Jin has been making fans laugh with his corny jokes. Some fans even consider him the “mother of BTS” because he takes care of the other members.

In the United States, Jin is currently 26-years-old. (The age system works a little different in South Korea. There, Jin is considered 27-years-old, because everyone is deemed to be 1-year-old at the time of their birth.) The third oldest member is J-Hope, who was born on February 18, 1994. The youngest member is Jungkook, who was born on September 1, 1997.

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Jin of boy band BTS | Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

In terms of other K-Pop groups, Jin is still considered very young

Although Jin is the oldest member of BTS, he is by far not the oldest idol in the K-Pop world. In the group named Super Junior, member Kangin left earlier this year. After being in Super Junior for 14 years, Kangin left for several reasons. In the United States, the performer is currently considered 34-years-old.

Another popular K-Pop group, EXO, has members born in 1990 and 1991. Both EXO and BTS are nominated in the “K-Pop” category at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

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V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope | Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for ESB

Is Jin leaving BTS to enlist in the South Korean military?

The biggest boy band in the world might be taking a step back from music soon. Due to South Korea’s military conscription, males between the ages of 18 and 28 must perform military service. The amount of time in service varies based on the branch — active duty members in the marines or army serve for 21 months.

Exceptions do apply, but predominately they are reserved for award-winning classical musicians and Olympic athletes. As a result, Jin will most likely enlist in the South Korean military within the upcoming year. When asked about putting his music career on pause, Jin explained that military service expected and “natural.”

“As a Korean, it’s natural,” Jin said in an interview with CBS. “And, someday, when duty calls we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.” The youngest member, Jungkook, added, “I don’t want to think about it at this point. We have something really good going.”

After months of performing in concerts across the globe, the boy band is currently taking a break from touring. In the meantime, fans can watch their newest film, Bring the Soul: The Movie, which premieres on August 7, 2019.