All-round entertainer Kang Daniel, who is synonymous with youth, spent time with LDF Magazine. What
is the secret of Kang Daniel, who is now taking a new step into acting in addition to dancing and
Kang Daniel says that whenever he gets tired of work and daily life, he can heal himself and refresh his driving force to go further through travels. Take a look at what he thinks of travels, and what travel items he always had with him.
Despite travel restrictions due to the pandemic, Kang Daniel still had busy and fierce days.
However, the word “healing” was hardly found in his daily life. Over the past few years, Kang
Daniel's daily life has undergone quite a few changes.
Stopping his favorite outdoor activities and moving on to his withdrawl into seclusion, he had to relieve his own stress. His longing for travel was clearly captured on camera.
Recently, I have been working on a new album and filming a drama, so I have had pretty busy days in succession. It's a long-awaited photo shoot today, so I'm Excited. (laugh)
In the past, I went to the Han River near my house to ride a board or take a walk in my spare time. These days, I have perfectly adapted to my seclusion. I spend time alone playing board games or watching movies and dramas. I just want to get back to my normal life as soon as possible.
I always thought that if I had a chance, I'd like to try acting someday. In the meantime, I
received a script for a Disney Plus project called “Rookie Cops” and I liked the script. So, I
was eager to try my luck.
My role in the play is not simply a standout protagonist. Growing up with the people around me, I was even more drawn to the idea that it was a drama in which everyone could play their role each in the role of the main character.
Yes. I guess I am pretty much so. Even before I started working in the entertainment industry like I do now, I never took a long break from work. I feel that the happiness that comes from work is also very valuable.
It is a sense of achievement. However, the standard for obtaining that sense of achievement is a
little different for me. I tend to be content with small and trivial things, not when I achieve
For example, if today's album recording ended satisfactorily or if I got a good response for my good acting on a drama filming set, I often feel a great sense of accomplishment by doing just that much. (laugh)
Sometimes when we need comfort, we go on a trip. This is because new places and connections
found in unfamiliar settings lighten the heavy weight of life for a while, and in some cases
remind us of the preciousness of everyday life.
Kang Daniel's travels give him time to relax and recharge for the next leap forward. He knows how to feel happy and satisfied with the little things, and we heard about the essence of travel.
I want to go to Daegwallyeong, which flaunts a wide plain. Born in Busan and living and working in Seoul, I sometimes miss mountains and fields dyed green rather than the sea and the city.
The first is rest. I think the purpose of travel has always been to rest. So, I tend to think
more about which accommodation to choose than about food or sightseeing.
The second is myself. I tend to enjoy traveling slowly while enjoying my own full time. Being dragged somewhere or rushing through schedules only creates fatigue for me.
Finally, the third is recharging my energy. I think you should be able to start working with a new mind when you are fully healed through travel and return to your daily life.
I'm the type who enjoys improvised travel. I don't usually make plans. (laugh) One time, before going to bed in a hotel, I lay down in bed not knowing what time I would wake up, and then I woke up around midnight the next day. I mean, I blew the whole day away. Despite that, I still don't make plans. I also prefer the experience of unpredictable travel and lead a life in which I take the initiative.
One of my favorite travel destinations is Canada! I still miss Canada. Canada, which smelled of
maple syrup from the moment I got off at the airport, reminds me of a scene from a fairy tale.
Maybe it's because it's a country I traveled to to when I was young, and I think that kind of
afterimage remains stronger in me.
Personally, I want to visit Bali and Hawaii at least once. I tend to prefer summer resorts. (laugh)
What makes you tick! As I said before, I think you gain the strength to make a new start again
through travel. We get tired easily from the stress we get from work, but the moment we go on
vacation feels all the sweeter.
Sometimes, when we get out of the cycle of life and experience unfamiliar places and meet new people, I think we get a completely different energy. Isn't the reason why travel is so enjoyable because the expectation of excitement in the word unfamiliar is inherent in it?
"Ordinary premium" means luxury enjoyed in everyday life. You can say that it is a cherished
item that everyone has at least one.
"Ordinary premium" for you only that you can always find in your daily life, including travel. What kind of things does Kang Daniel have? His cherished collection alone could give us a glimpse of his style and taste.
I usually like to wear a coat, so my airport fashion captured is most of the time a look with a coat. Personally, I prefer to wear a hood or sweatshirt layered rather than wearing it neat and correct. I once went out in a pink hooded coat with a striped pattern on it. I think my ‘airport fashion’ that was filmed at that time was well received by the fans. It is also the closest to the everyday look that I usually enjoy.
When I travel, I always carry a crossbody bag. It's easier to carry than a backpack, and it's convenient because you can quickly get the contents out whenever you need them. Above all, in the case of a backpack, I was a little anxious because of a possible theft. So, I think I prefer a crossbody bag. Occasionally, my bag was torn and valuables were stolen, so I think I'm more careful now.
Shoes! Since I dance, I am very interested in special or unique shoes. Among the items I own, I think shoes are the only thing to which the expression of ordinary premium applies. (laugh)
I hope that you will continue to take a lot of interest in my activity and I hope you enjoy reading the April issue of LDF Magazine. This is the first time I've taken a photo shoot with a travel theme, and I'm glad that it seems to have indirectly helped me regain the joy of travel. I hope that you will be able to travel freely in the not-too-distant future, and bye for now!
EDITOR IMFORM Hongtaek Park
PHOTO Yeongcheol Hwang
VIDEO Hyeonjin Hwang
HAIR&MAKEUP Haebin Kim, Anna Lee
STYLING Beungkyu Kim, Seulhee Yoon
ART Youngjin Kwon, Eunchae Go