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3 Asian Attractions That Have Body Doubled As Iconic Western Landmarks In K-Dramas

These villages were initially constructed as educational tools before they were sets for K-Dramas


In K-Dramaland, it’s all about crafting a story, and part of what we admire about K-Dramas is their ingenuity in set dressing.  Just when we all thought they have actually flown their actors to European or American locations, we do a double take to look at some western-themed places that are actually located in Asia, and have functioned as “body doubles” for some of the most iconic buildings or places in the West. 


These reconstructions actually consist of multiple buildings with various functions related to culture, with museums, theaters, study areas, but also shopping, imported products or inspired by European ones and of course, food. The function of these villages occupying fairly large areas of land is mainly educational, that is, to help people get in touch with a culture other than their own that includes language, buildings, culture, food and products. In these villages, the architectural project brief includes trying to faithfully reproduce European buildings and architectural styles. In dramas, they are often used as locations to shoot some particular scenes or functional to the performance of the drama.






Here are three themed places actually found in Asia, but have played iconic Western locations in K-Dramas:



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