A group of us had planned to explore the Andong Dam on one Saturday afternoon in May. The sun was shining and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. We piled out of a taxi and happily walked across the bridge to the other side of the dam, taking pictures and soaking in the scenery. Little did we know that we were about to have our five minutes of fame. Well, not fame exactly because there was no one there to see us but we did have a free run of a large KBS (Korean Broadcasting Service) drama set.
For the hour and a half we spent running amok in and around the various, traditional style buildings we were TV stars. It is important to point out that we did not realise we were on a TV set until we were about to leave. My boyfriend had an epiphany as he knocked a ‘traditional’ fortress roof and found it to be made of polystyrene and not slate.
Up until this realisation our group was suggesting all manner of purposes for this deserted, ghostly silent, Korean folk village. The suggestion that it was designed to lure in unsuspecting tourists and devour them was the one I enjoyed the most. We made it out alive and descended the hill back to the dam. Later that evening over a beer or two the entire place felt like a figment of our imaginations. Perhaps it was the dehydration kicking in, we had been out all day and the sun was glaring down on us.
Internet research later proved that it was definitely a backdrop for KBS dramas.