Unfortunately, all Korean historicals are filmed at the same post-Imjin War Joseon dynasty style film set regardless of the time period.
KBS Hwarang, for example, was a drama that takes place in 6th century Shilla but was filmed at a Joseon dynasty palace film set that was built during the production of KBS Great King Sejong.
The film set is technically not accurate for GKS, either. Joseon palaces prior to Imjin War were built based on Goryeo architecture but the GKS film set was built based on currently remaining post-Imjin War Joseon palaces.
This is a representation of Goguryeo palace built by the North Koreans at their "Traditional Culture Park."
It looks like North Koreans do it better than South Koreans when it comes to building accurate representations of the original architecture.
This is wonderful stuff, thanks for the thread! We've had some questions in past series about whether or not the buildings they're filming in are right for the time period of the story. So this thread could be very helpful. I appreciate the good idea.
We've had some questions in past series about whether or not the buildings they're filming in are right for the time period of the story.
Unfortunately, it's not accurate most of the time.
Especially anything pre-Joseon.
All Korean historicals are filmed in post-Imjin War style Joseon dynasty palace film set regardless of the time period.
Even when they say that they are building a new film set because their drama doesn't take place in Joseon, they always color everything to resemble Joseon dynasty style.
They built a Goryeo palace film set for EWG based on the remaining site of Goryeo palace in North Korea and the remaining descriptions of how it looked like, but they built it to look like a Joseon palace as much as possible.
It's not like there isn't a description of how the palace looked like. A book written by a Song dynasty diplomat called "Illustrated Account of Goryeo" clearly describes the colors of the palace and how it was extravagant as Song dynasty palace even though Goryeo is supposed to be a lesser country than Song.
But the EWG staff colored everything to make it look like a Joseon dynasty palace.
Here's the Goryeo palace film set built and used in EWG (destroyed in 2008 and replaced with Joseon palace film set for GKS)
Here's how it really looked like.
This is a Goryeo palace film set built and used in MBC Shindon. Looks nothing like the picture above and resembles a Joseon dynasty palace even more so than the EWG one.
It has since been used as a film set for historicals about all time period : Goguryeo, Shilla, Baekje, Joseon you name it.
I remember it being used in Jumong as either Buyeo or Goguryeo palace and as Joseon palace in Yi San.
It was most often used as a Joseon dynasty palace since most historicals take place in Joseon.
I think it most recently appeared in tvN Under the Queen's Umbrella.
The upcoming KBS historical Goryeo-Khitan War will be filmed at a Joseon dynasty palace as well since they won't be building a new film set. Not sure which film set, but I'm assuming it will most likely be the one that was built for GKS.
The upcoming TVING & Paramount+ historical Queen Woo will also either be filmed at a Joseon dynasty film set or the Joseon-dynasty style film set that was supposedly a Goryeo palace built by the Shindon team in my opinion.
I'm hoping Paramount can provide some money for a new Goguryeo film set, but will probably not happen.
Although Buddhas in the picture are imaginary, the building is most likely a representation of actual buildings at the time
You can still find some remnants of the Goryeo's architecture design in Joseon's Changdeok Palace
The red pillar design from Goryeo painting is found in Joseon's ridgepole design
Since the same design is still found in a Late Joseon style building, the 2nd picture is very likely an accurate portrayal of actual Goryeo buildings
Same red pillar design is found on Early Joseon painting from 1400s
Palace in this picture looks very similar to Goryeo building in the 2nd picture
Seems like the only thing that changed is the blue paintwork below the roof, which is Mongolian-influenced.
Korean buildings did not have blue paintwork below the roof prior to Mongol invasion, but this never gets reflected in any historical.
All historicals, including the ones that take place BC like Jumong, use the same post-Imjin War style Joseon dynasty film set.
I read some comments by Japanese viewers of Korean historicals and couldn't agree more with the comment that said "I was just watching Jumong and realized it's the same building used in a Joseon dynasty historical. Did Koreans have same architecture for 2000 years?"
I really want to see a Goryeo palace looking like the one in the 2nd picture in a Goryeo historical and a palace looking like the last picture in Early Joseon setting historical, but unfortunately we'll always see the same 18th century style Joseon palace in all historicals regardless of the era.