About the Contest


Shifting into the endemic era, my traveling begins in Korea!
Seoul? Busan? Jeju Island? Anywhere is OK, as long as I have K-Pop!
Send us a video of the places you would like to visit in Korea
with your friends or romantic interest, telling us why!
Huge prizes are in store for you!
KBS WORLD Radio’s 8th Korean Language Speech Contest
“Visit Korea Riding the K-Pop Wave!” begins now!

Topic (Choose one of the two topics below.)

1. A Korean destination you want to visit the most

Namsan N Tower’s love locks where you can tightly bind your love,
Gangneung’s beaches where BTS filmed their MV for “Spring Days.”
The places you want to visit in Korea…
Why do you want to go there?
Which K-Pop song do you want to listen to there?
Tell us in Korean about the Korea’s destinations that you want to visit the most and the reason!

2. A Korean destination you discovered through KBS WORLD Radio that you want to visit

KBS WORLD Radio is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year!
Are there any Korean destinations that you discovered through our programs?
How did it leave an impression on you? If you get to visit, who would you like to go with?
Tell us in Korean about Korea’s landmarks discovered through KBS WORLD Radio that you would like to visit and why!  

How to Enter the Contest

1. Make sure to fully understand the given topic.
2. Film a Korean language video that is approximately one minute in length. (You must appear in the video yourself.)
3. Click on "Preliminary Application Begins" at the bottom of the page to fill out the entry form and submit your video.

* You can check your participation status by clicking on the "Participation Status" link at the bottom of the page.

Main Judging Criteria

1. Does the video contain the content of the theme for the preliminary round well?
2. Is the contestant’s Korean language skill fluent and content of the video original?  

Contest Schedule

June 28 - July 26 (4 weeks) : Preliminary Round Application Begins
Preliminaries extended! (until 11:59 pm KST Aug. 2)
August 9 : Preliminary Results (Announcement of TOP 10)
In August : Final Round (TOP 10)
August 9 - 16 : Most Popular Video Award
August 23 : Announcement for Popularity and Early Bird Award Winners
October 9 : Special Program & Announcement of Winners

Awards & Prizes

1st Place (1 winner) : 4 million KRW (approx. $3,000 USD) / Certification for 1st Place
2nd Place (1 winner) : 1.5 million KRW / Certification for 2nd Place
3rd Place (1 winner) : 1 million KRW / Certification for 3rd Place
Award of Excellence (3 winners) : Souvenir worth 200,000 KRW for each winner
Popularity & Early Bird Award (one winner for each award) : Souvenirs worth 100,000 KRW for each winner

* The Early Bird Award will be awarded to the earliest submitted video.
* The prize money will be wired after it is exchanged into dollars (USD) at the exchange rate prevailing on the day of the transfer.
As such, the prize money amount may differ depending on the exchange rate.
* The winner is responsible for the transfer fee, so it will be deducted from the prize money before the transfer.


- Foreign nationals living outside of Korea are eligible. (Naturalized Koreans and foreign nationals of Korean descendents are not eligible.)
- Participants residing in Europe must be 16 years of age or older, or over the minimum age set by their respective home countries.


- Notifications and announcements regarding the contests will be sent to the participants via the e-mail address provided by each participant. KBS WORLD Radio will not be held responsible for any miscommunication and/or disadvantages arising from the participant’s failure to check the notifications.
- Videos submitted to the contest may be used in programs or other promotional materials produced by KBS WORLD Radio.
- Manuscripts and videos submitted to other competitions are not eligible to participate.
- Winners from other contests will be eliminated from evaluation, and if the fact is discovered after the video is given an award, the award will be canceled.
- Playing copyrighted music or videos in the background, or using screen captures of TV programs such as dramas in the submitted video without permission is prohibited. Videos containing any of the above will be disqualified.
- A submitted video can be disqualified if it is deemed unrelated to or inappropriate for the contest.

For other inquiries please contact

- kbscontest@gmail.com

Final Round


KBS Hong Jooyeon Announcer

Here are the “TOP 10” finalists who have made it through the tough competition.


KBS Kim Jinwoong Announcer

The contestants chosen as the TOP 10 will have their Korean language skills evaluated by a KBS announcer through an online interview sometime in August.
Who will be the final 1st place winner for this year’s Korean Language Speech Contest?
We look forward to your participation and support!
Thank you all for participating in KBS WORLD Radio’s 8th Korean Language Speech Contest - Visit Korea Riding the K-Pop Wave

Voting for Most Popular Video Award

Here are the “TOP 10” finalists who have made it to the final round!
Please choose your favorite for the Popularity Award!
First, watch the videos submitted by the ten finalists, and press “like” for the contestant that you thought spoke the best Korean.
The contestant that receives the most “likes” will win the Popularity Award!
And, we’ll also have a lucky draw among all who voted to select 100 people to send special souvenirs.
So, make sure to take part in the Popularity Award vote!

Voting Period: 2023.08.11 (Fri.) ~ 2023.08.16 (Wed.)
(Announcement for Most Popular Video Award: August. 23 (Wed.))

Click to vote

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- kbscontest@gmail.com


Winners Announcement

Here are the final winners for
KBS WORLD Radio's 8th Korean Language Speech Contest.

Award of Excellence

"Don't forget to listen to the KBS WORLD Radio 8th Korean Language Speech Contest special program!"

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- kbscontest@gmail.com

Special Program

The 8th Korean Language Speech Contest Visit Korea Riding the K-Pop Wave!

I’m Hong Gil-dong
Korea’s original superhero from Joseon
that darts in and out, from east to west!

Riding on clouds, using magical powers to shorten distances,
we’ll travel all around Korea introducing the hot spots contestants
wanted to visit and their messages! Let’s go!

Historical and Cultural Hot Spots

Okilakhon / Uzbekistan - Buyeo

Buyeo, the last capital of Baekje, has so many relics buried underground that it’s hard to develop the city.

Kwok Chun Kiu / Hong Kong - Gyeongju

Cheomseongdae, built during the Silla period, provides a glimpse into the amazing development of astronomy from 1,000 years ago.

April Domenie / Indonesia - Yeosu

I want to visit Yi Sun-sin Square in Yeosu. I want to see a model of the turtle ship that won many battles during the Japanese invasions of Korea and learn about the great Admiral.

Top 3 Destinations in Korea Chosen by Contestants

1st Place - Seoul
Aryngazy Yeltayev / Kazakhstan - Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is famous from historical dramas, so I want to sing “Oh Na Ra’ from “Dae Jang Geum” when I visit the palace.

Deepali / India - Bukchon Hanok Village

I want to visit Bukchon Hanok Village first. I want to stay overnight with someone I love wearing hanbok, eating hansik in a hanok which uses ondol.

Joao Victor de Carvalho Mansur / Brazil - Gwangjang Market & Cheonggyecheon Stream

I want to visit Gwangjang Market and Cheonggyecheon Stream with someone I love. I want to try delicious food at the market and walk to Cheonggyecheon to digest the food we ate.

Hay Zar Saint / Myanmar - Han River

I want to go bike riding on the Han River, which appears at least once in idol videos, and try hot ramen there late at night.

Aslıhan Özdemir / Türkiye - Lotte World

There’s a really fun ride at Lotte World called Comet Express and I think it’ll feel like you’re traveling to outer space.

2nd Place - Jeju
Thais Kim / Brazil

Just like what was shown in KARD’s “Ride on the Wind” MV, I want to go for a drive through the green fields and empty roads of Jeju Island.

Heloise Roche / France

If I visit Jeju Island, I’ll send you a picture of myself drinking samdasoo, water purified by granite, and eating mandarins, the national snack during winter.

Eka Sulikashvili / Georgia

I want to eat Jeju’s mandarins and visit beautiful locations featured in famous K-dramas such as “Boys over Flowers,” “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” and “The Legend of the Blue Sea.”

3rd Place - Busan
Zahra Janmohammadlou / Iran

I think I’ll have a great time with my mother at beautiful Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach, where the sea, sky and land meet.

Jael Olatunji / Nigeria

I like dialects. I’ve heard the Busan dialect the most and like it. My dream is to go to Busan and talk to people who speak with a Busan dialect.

Maha Maher Lashin / Egypt

I want to listen to Jungkook’s “Still With You” while eating waterdrop rice cakes and looking at beautiful homes at Gamcheon Culture Village.

LE THI TRANG / Vietnam

I want to visit Busan’s Sajik Stadium. I want to wear an orange plastic bag over my head and sing 'Busan Seagull~' amidst the passionate crowd.

Respecting Individual Tastes! Other Special Hot Spots

Vet Navy / Cambodia - BTS’ MV Filming Site, Gangneung Hyangho Beach

I want to visit Gangneung’s Hyangho Beach, the filming site for BTS’ “Spring Day.” On the first day of Korean class at a middle and high school in Cambodia, students who don't know a word of Korean sing, '♬I miss you~ I miss you~♬'

CHU HUE LINH / Vietnam - Healing Island Sorokdo

I learned about Sorokdo through KBS WORLD Radio. In the past, the leper colony was full of sad memories, but now it is transforming into an island that heals wounds and provides comfort.

Sabrina Sakurako O’Rourke / Japan - Home of Dried Persimmon, Sangju

I love dried persimmons so much that I eat them every day in the fall, so I want to go to Sangju, in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. I really want to try Korea’s dried persimmons because I’ve never had them before.

Woo Choi Bong / China - Daecheongdo, Famous for Skate

I fell in love with Korea after tasting Korean skate. I saw in the news that Daecheongdo Island surpassed Heuksando Island to become the No. 1 producer of skate, so I want to visit Daecheongdo.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the 8th Korean Language Speech Contest!

For other inquiries please contact

- kbscontest@gmail.com