End of an Asian icon: The “Full House” set on Sido Island is no more.

— Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor ^@@^

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Today is a day that Clouds across the world are celebrating, seeing that at this moment (7:00 PM EST, June 24) it is already 8:00 AM the morning of June 25 in South Korea, which makes it 비 Rain’s birthday. And, alas, it has just come to my attention that it is also a day of sad, bittersweet, fun memories. The end of an icon.

According to the Incheon Airport Railroad Express AREX tourist site, the house where Rain and Song HyeKyo’s award-winning, history-making romantic comedy Full House (2004) was filmed was torn down this past April due to irreparable damage from a typhoon earlier this year.

Image courtesy of: CHEMIEMA Blog.

Image courtesy of: VisitKorea.co.kr

Full House is one of the most successful TV dramas ever, with an average rating of 31.9% for every episode with peaks of 42.2%. Close to half of the population was tuning in to the broadcast by the time it reached the middle of its run, and as it continued on to China, Japan, Malaysia, İndonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, Singapore, and India, etc., the drama’s great success outside of Korea helped propel the Hallyu Wave that was rolling over Asia. Full House also made Rain (a.k.a. Jung JiHoon) a recognized actor across Asia.

Since the show, there has been a steady stream of visitors to the “Full House” over the years, from all over the world. As time has gone on, however, fans grew concerned because, according to their accounts, the house was not being properly maintained despite being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Korea. And now this—a typhoon, and demolition. A tourist went to visit the house on Sido Island in April 2013 and was shocked to find it destroyed. He filmed himself singing the “Three Bears Song” in front of the rubble anyway, sort of as a goodbye, I suppose. (The video is rather sad, so fans may not want to watch it. I wish I hadn’t.)

Thank goodness for strolls down Memory Lane, DVDs, photo galleries, and websites like DramaFever. We can still revisit “YoungJae” and “Han JiEun” bumping heads and raising cane and fighting their love like cats and dogs in Full House whenever our hearts desire, present day.

Things are always bound to change, and seldom remain the same… still, it’s strange to realize that the beautiful, modern “Full House” is gone, and that those of us who haven’t seen it in person never will.

— Stephe @cloudusa.wordpress.com / CloudUSA.org

Sources:
Cloud Philippines
Agent P’s Headquarters: Goodbye, Full House
Incheon Airport Railroad Express AREX
[article] Can you imagine walking around inside Rain’s Full House? (via Chosun Ilbo)
[article] Korean drama Full House: More than just a romantic comedy. (via New Straits Times)

(Images credit: KBS. Courtesy of: Grace Travel)

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Image courtesy of: triptokorea.com

Image courtesy of: triptokorea.com

~ by Cloud USA on June 24, 2013.

20 Responses to “End of an Asian icon: The “Full House” set on Sido Island is no more.”

  1. heartbroken </3 😥

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  2. I am so upset today I just know this today, seeing the location is one of my goal’s in life now it’s gone why did they need to eradicate the house and not just renovate it or restore. it’s just very upsetting. it broke my heart.

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    • I know exactly how you feel! I’ve always wanted to visit the Full House house, and finding out that it is gone still breaks my heart.

      Stephe ^@@^

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  3. I am devasted! I loved this show since it came out as a kid and I’m finally making my way to Korea in April! I really wanted to see this house up close and personal since it was this drama that got me into the Korean culture. I feel so gutted! 😦 Oh well, was such a beautiful home.

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  4. So sad abt the news. We went there in 2012 and it was my fave part of our vacation. The island itself is great, the biking experience on that road with yellow paints (where both actors biked as well) is very special to me and my hubby (just bf then). We were planning to surprise my mom there during our trip ( she was very excited abt it) and kept on telling her its gone as an excuse… and now we found out it is really gone!!! Arghh how sad 😦

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    • Hi, rinka. Yes, how awful! It broke my heart when I realized I would never get to see the Full House in person, that I was too late. 😦

      I would still love to visit the island, though.

      Stephe ^@@^

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  6. OH NO!!!! IT WAS MY FAVORITE DRAMA OF ALL TIME, BUT NOW :((((( IT’S STILL MY FAVORITE BUT IT PAINS ME TO KNOW THAT I MAY NEVER SET FOOT ON THAT MAGICAL HOUSE :((

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  7. I am with you all on this one. I am very saddened that they didn’t think about how much that attraction benefited them financially. Sad, thoughtless decision to tear down such a meaningful property.

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  8. Reblogged this on Lynn's World and commented:
    This is sad news : (

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  9. Oh I will never have a chance to see the beautiful house, So very upsetting and disappointing. I have plans that someday I would visit the “FULL HOUSE”.. I guess we have to move on… but still I can watch my TV Series Full House on my computer..Goodbye Han Jieun and Young Jae.. You touch so many lives…with the house..

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  10. Sorry to hear that it’s been torn down. However, city leaders always have an opinion and a say so about things like that. Just like here in Houston, they are trying to figure out what to do about the Houston Astrodome, which is a landmark of its own. Just this week proposals have come to the final stages and will eventually be brought to the voters/taxpayers. The Dome has sat for years unused and they are just now trying to save it in earnest. I don’t know how they do it in Korea, but maybe if the citizens had been allowed to submit proposals for maintaining the Full House set and then put it to a vote among the people, it could have been saved. Who knows.

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  11. Ditto! I had hoped to see this house when I travelled to South Korea! So, so sorry!

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  12. ..not only backward, they even crashed down.. pity pity pity you, whoever made this decision.. it supposed to be more concern to make the place more nicer and make easier the way to be there, while they think only an immediate profit, they just lost millions hearts from all over the world who were affected and inspired by K-drama the very beginning.. this is very disgraceful.. so sorry for them..and i am so angryyyyyy, Terriiiiii!!! ^^

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  13. It also means the end of an era especially for Rain. Now theres never going to another full house drama on that house.

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  14. I know life’s about changes and nothing ever stays the same, I’m so bummed about this for some strange reason. Maybe because I had hoped one day to actually see this place.

    Sigh.

    Terri :-}

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