[To:ur Imagination] Experience Korea’s Dynamic Culture with “America’s Got Talent” Winner Kenichi Ebina

We’ve previously announced that KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) is hosting two fun events for foreign fans: Event 1 (win a free trip to Korea or other prizes), Event 2 (simply share a video link to win an iPad mini or other prizes). Both events take minimal effort to participate, which you can see from our tutorial articles. Just click on the respective events for the easy 5 step process!

For this series, we will be covering the different attractions of Korea that’s a must for tourists as well as the latest hotspots enjoyed by the locals. Four foreign celebrities participated in the first event and wrote down what they’d like to do if given the chance to visit Korea for 3-4 days.

Our next featured celebrity is performer Kenichi Ebina who won the eighth season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2013. He revealed, “As a dance performer, I have a huge interest in martial arts, performances, and other trendy things to make creative performances.” Some might just think of K-Pop and related terms like fashion and beauty when they hear of Korea, but the country offers more than the K-Pop experience.

Let’s flip through the gallery to see how he got to experience Korea’s dynamic culture during his trip.

ken taekwondo {DAY ONE}
Location: Muju – Taekwondowon

Kenichi learned to control his mind with meditation practices of Taekwondo athletes, and also control his body with sparring techniques. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and means “the way of the hand and foot.”

Find out more: tourimagination.com

_MG_8195 1 {DAY TWO}
Location: Dongdaemun, Seoul – Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

The DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) was recently completed in March 21 of this year, located in one of Korea’s popular tourist spots. The building, designed with a futuristic look, contains a lot of big space for different exhibitions and retail stores.

“To me, the overall design itself with the beauty of its curves and utilization of space makes it a very inspiring place.” – Kenichi

Find out more: tourimagination.com

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Location: Seoul – Klive & Banpo Bridge (Rainbow Fountain)

Kenichi enjoys a BIGBANG at Klive – a K-Pop hologram concert experience.

Have you ever wondered how it felt to attend a K-Pop hologram concert? Through Klive, Kenichi got to enjoy the unique experience with none other than top act BIGBANG. (Make sure to go to the last page to see his sick dancing skill he displayed when visiting Klive!)

He finished the day at Banpo Bridge – what a sight! A nice spot to spend the evening with your significant other.

Find out more: tourimagination.com

_MG_8432 1 {DAY THREE}
Location: Seoul – Cheonggyecheon Stream

A popular date course for the locals and tourists. Many families can be seen playing besides the long man-made stream on warmer days. Kenichi takes a nice long stroll on the long pathway enjoying the beautiful day. The area has a different atmosphere at night with all the beautiful lights.

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Location: Seoul – Gwanghwamun & Gyeongbokgung Palace

You’ll notice a huge statue of a man when in Gwanghwamun. This man is none other than King Sejong, the person who invented the Korean alphabet. Kenichi learns how to write his name in Korean.

He later heads to Gyeongbokgung Palace, commonly referred to as “Northern Palace.” Built in 1395, it’s noted as the most beautiful palace in the vicinity.

Find out more: tourimagination.com

Kenichi got to try everything he wanted on this vacation: learn the basics of Taekwondo, tour through Korea’s latest buildings, and watch a unique K-Pop concert. He fulfilled his wishes and so can you.

Also, check out the sick moment at 2:37! He wasn’t crowned the winner of “America’s Got Talent” for nothing!


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