Legacy from the Gaya Empire Where Iron Age Thrived

As a shooting location for television and film, Set for Maritime Drama abounds in intriguing visual attractions

Autumn is already in full swing. Autumn leaf color has alighted on streetsides, while ripe and ready-for-harvest paddies create golden waves in the field. The autumnal melody is detected in the sound of billowing waves, while the indigo sea that reflects the fair autumn
sky is at its most dazzling moment.해양드라마세트장1
Built in 2010 to shoot Kim SooRo, a drama from MBC, Set for Maritime Drama defies ruthless time and testifies to the legacy of the Gaya Empire that existed two thousand years ago.The set includes 25 structures from the Gaya period such as Kimhaegwan, Gayagwan, Yacheoljang (‘metallurgical plant’), ferry & trade boat, marketplace, and
stable.
At the entrance of the set, one sees a long row of posters for about thirty dramas and films that were shot here. That simply shows how its rarity and value are recognized as a maritime set for historical dramas.해양드라마세트장2
As you pass those posters and step into the set, you are confronted with an exotic scene that makes you feel as if you were in the Gaya period, having flown in on a time machine.
All buildings have wood-shingle roofing and wooden structure in compliance with the architectural style from the Gaya period. Furthermore, in reflecting the contemporary life, the set shows an excellent reproduction of a marketplace lined with pub, fabric shop, and blacksmith, the ferry and trade boat that provided a venue for maritime trade, stable, and well (saemijeongi).해양드라마세트장3
What stand out like a sore thumb are Kimhaegwan and Yacheoljang. As the main shooting location for the drama Kim Soo Ro, Kimhaegwan is a threestoried structure, of which the ground floor exhibits props such as table ware, pottery, and furniture and is
connected with the ferry. Yacheoljang, which smelt iron from collected ores, has furnace, bellows, etc. reproduced inside.

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On the hill that stood beyond the set, you see a park, named Kingdom of Sea & Wood Scent. The park was built in 2012 with Green Fund provided by Korea Forest Service. A wooden deck is installed along the margins of the park, and benches and tables provide
excellent comfort stops for visitors following the trail.
That’s not all. It also includes a hexagonal belvedere from which people can view the dazzling indigo seawater, the symbolic sculpture representing the city, and a green
forest.

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