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Dramaland is a virtual space where dramacrazies
automatically arrive while watching a drama,
specifically an Asian drama (others are not
subject of discussion here). Here, dreams are 
reality, and realities are mere nightmares,
though it might be considered as Solipsism
syndrome if you constantly find yourself in this
land from a real world perspective.

Hypothetically, Dramaland is part influenced by
Korea, part influenced by Japan, part influenced
by Taiwan/China, and part influenced by other
various places. The population of Dramaland is
approximately a lot and growing rapidly.

The inhabitants of Dramaland are hypothetically
called “Dramacrazy”.
That’s what “outsiders” think about Dramaland.
We beg to differ.

"In your heart, gate number 2."
                                             -Daniel Henny, SUJU-M
Native Name:

Korean: Dramaland (soft D)
Japanese: Doramaland
Chinese: How the Heck should I know!
Satellite photograph of the selected site for
Dramaland’s physical establishment. The Republic of
Korea is to the west and Japan is to the east.


Since Dramaland is still an imaginary place, we have to take account of personal experience to figure out its history as it might change from person to person. So for this study, we take the writer’s life story to define her take on Dramaland.

Prehistoric Dramaland

The early exposure to Dramaland occurs when you get in contact with a TV set and experience a regular drama that’s made in your country. Since one has limited experience at that age, it might be enough to give you a glimpse of serene Dramaland.

○Sample Study: Writer
My early exposure was via Bangladeshi dramas, those used to be good at some point. Then there came too many channels, there was no rise in quality, and the producers figured they should cover it up with CF’s.  Now to watch a 45min drama, one may have to endure a 45-min or longer CF (usually longer).

But as I said, there were some good ones. One of my favorites was Aj Robybar or Today is Sunday. That Family’s house once became my first Dramaland.

Example: Aj Robybar (sit-com)
No. of Episodes: 7
The sitcom revolves around the day to day life of an eccentric household consisting of a grandfather, his three socially inept sons, two granddaughters, a boarder, the male-servant and the maid. From the eldest brother, who remains a bachelor and plays chess with himself, to the servant who tries to peek in through a keyhole and gets squirted with ink on a daily basis this show is thoroughly entertaining. (Wikipedia) Unfortunately, it was never subbed.

How the ink got into my face:

Emergence of Neighboring Influence

After the early exposure to Dramaland, you might get out of it with little or less damage. In worst-case scenarios, you are still heavily influenced by your domestic dramas and visit subsequent Dramaland till these days. But in most cases, one recovers and advances to the next phase where they get influenced by neighboring country’s dramas.

Absence of influential neighboring countries might shorten your history and one might have skipped this phase of history.

○Sample Study: Writer
We have India as our neighbor, and our visual media are heavily influenced by it. So I got exposed to Indian Dramaland when I was in standard 8, and it was my least anticipated and enjoyable stay so far. During my stay there, I ashamedly confess that I didn’t finish a single drama there.

I have nothing against Hindi dramas; I guess they are just not for me.

Example:Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Daily soap)
No. of Episodes: 1833! (I hope now you understand why I wasn’t able to finish this)
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi revolves around the life of the fictitious Virani family.  There are two “twenty year” time jumps in this drama (as far as I can remember).

And this drama is also the source of world’s biggest mystery: Is Baa in KSBKBT immortal(the grandmother, later she becomes a great-great grandmother)?

English Invasions

If the person at hand is not a native English speaker, then this phase is due to occur at some point in their life. Uncle Sam will call you, and you will most definitely give a heartfelt response back. Sometimes you might get an invitation from the British Empire and have a stay there.

Most crazies leave permanent membership of this space for Asian Dramaland, but frequent this land every now and then. English Dramaland is not a subject we should study here. Enough already, we should get going forward.

The Kingdom of Asian Dramaland

Finally, as the last step of our journey, we reach the holy land of Asian Dramaland. As discussed in my previous hypothesis, a person can be introduced here by several methods, but once you are here, you can  never leave.

Places of Interest

You can find various types of schools here; some are mere realistic (GAH!). But there are those which are exclusive, only for Dramaland. Realistic ones couldn’t make their way in to this discussion; go to a real school and check your heart out. Drama schools are mostly like common schools plus some random facts.
Fun Facts: Students are super good looking! And sometimes--hold your breath--THEY SHINE!

Image: Yes, they all go to the same school, makes you want to bash your head to a pulp, right?

○Work Life
You will most commonly see these people around during your stay: Architects, musicians, doctors, detectives, po-pos, bakers, cooks, lawyers, and some more. Absentees: Social workers, never encountered them!
Fun Facts: The work life seems much more relaxing than your everyday life. And no matter what they pay you, your outfit will forever remain branded.

So what if they are goats, Gucci for them too!

(Just the first few minutes of this)

If you ever give this sort of presentation in front of clients, they will definitely clap, bang the table I say! And they will laugh; they will literally Roll On The Floor Laughing! The best comment you might expect is, “Igge Boya?"

In every corner, there is a place to eat in Dramaland. One will never go hungry here, and one shall never worry about the bill either as they often remain absent.
Fun Facts: Soju = Water and your waist size has nothing to do with your amount of food.
[About foods, you should check out the article Drama Food I Crave: Korean Edition by SeRose.

Sad reality that one has to face!

This guy serves hotnesswaffles!

○Health Care
Health care is not the problem here; Dramaland has plenty of it. The major issue are the diseases. Once you get admitted here you have little to no chance of leaving. Even when you do, you might have lost something very important to you: any organ or more commonly your memories or, sanity!

I am standing, right?


Population density: imaginary image of Dramacrazies together. (But seriously, what’s with guys being topless in front of a PC? Pissed me off real bad!)

People have lived in Dramaland for many years, although only a limited amount is known about the 90’s and previous inhabitants, 2000’s and 2010’s inhabitants are the most well-known. Early historical and genealogical records note the existence of dozens of different crazies that may or may not be mythological. There is a huge complete list as proof here on MDL. (HAVA-RAVA, ano….are you human? And if you believe so, are you SURE?)

The population of Dramaland rose rapidly from a global perspective from the 2nd Hallyu wave. Over the following decade, the population has increased many folds.


Two main languages are spoken in Dramaland: Japanese and Korean, with Mandarin being the third common language. Both languages have widely contributed to Drama culture.


Baseball is the most popular sport in Dramaland in terms of featuring in dramas and community involvement. Soccer is a close second with basketball in third place. Other popular sports include Gymnastics, athletics, swimming, martial arts, tennis, ice hockey etc...

Fun Facts: Even though people in dramas may appear to hate or, neglect sports or any sort of work out, they will ‘sport’ a sporty figure nonetheless but sadly same thing cannot be said for the Dramacrazies.
Sit-ups, Kdrama style!

This article is indebted to the “Ireland” article on Wikipedia. The format is borrowed, but the content is different. The data presented here are all collected while day dreaming; believe at your own risk! The author is also an inhabitant of Dramaland!

Comments (101)

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  • Mrmz Apr 24, 2013
    OMG great article!! I guess most non-asian have a similar experience when it comes to being introduced to Asia dramaland :P
    I got a similar experience (if you read my profile you'll know :P) with starting with anime (my first and all time love) then while growing up watchin arabic tv series with my family, starting with egyptian, then got invaded by syrian series, which were awesome for the longest time (except recent years a lot of repetitiveness and wann beism) then got introduced to kdramas by kbs world channel we accidently got in our arabic sattelite!! It was awesome!! And it saved me from being invaded from the turkish shows that have taken over the arabic entertainment world that my sister is enjoying now lool
    I think one day (soon) they will be doing studies on this asian dramaland and you can get your chance to present that thesis ;)
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    • shaz22 Apr 25, 2013
      Thanks for being such a sport and sharing your experience.
      Can include this to my thesis if 'Dramaland' becomes a study subjects in unis :P
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  • trueturquoise Apr 22, 2013
    omg! Love this! I'm in America, so started out here, then headed over for a few years in BBC land....finally ended up in Dramaland and completely dramacrazy!!!!
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  • Seung225 Apr 21, 2013
    Thank you for the article I liked it a lot.

    I'm so happy I've found this place (Dramaland) and that I'm not alone, I felt even happier reading these. Thank you very much!
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  • Boshokai Apr 20, 2013
    This made me look back at my life, and answered a lot of questions. The article is deeper than it looks, props for the writer.
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  • ilovemassu Apr 20, 2013
    As an ELF, i've never knew that SUJU-M got a member called "Daniel Henny"...It's Henry Lau, so dear writer, correct that fact please :)
    Anyway, about the article, that is a hell of a research you've done..haha. nice~!
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    • shaz22 Apr 20, 2013
      oh oh oh!
      I'm not a big fan of them so I just used a link of Strong Heart to guess his name, and in that site they mentioned him Daniel Henny.......well sadly he's another Korean Actor (Seducing Mr. Perfect) happen to be in Strong Heart too! Henry Lau said that on strong heart, something his hyung taught him to say when asked where do you live.

      I actually knew about the fact but the article is already published...and I don't know how to correct it!

      So sorry if I've offended any ELF!

      Mianhamnida, ELF's and everybody!

    • ilovemassu Apr 20, 2013
      it's okay. just that it's funny up there~
      dont take it seriously...:D
    • shaz22 Apr 20, 2013
      Now that you mention, it looks more like a Cyclops eye than funny.......:(

      Only happiness, Daniel Henny is HOT!
  • nekoblah Apr 20, 2013
    ahahah can make this into a thesis paper!
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  • jacqueline Apr 19, 2013
    Awesome article! A subject indeed worth writing about. :)
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  • Sawawawawawa Apr 19, 2013
    I've come to the conclusion that hava rava is a drama database u___u
    That's slowly updating (since she only watches dramas that are complete)

    Danny you double post!! D:
    Great article btw! ^^
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  • Sawawawawawa Apr 19, 2013
    I've come to the conclusion that hava rava is a drama database u___u
    That's slowly updating (since she only watches dramas that are complete)
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  • fwaaaah Apr 19, 2013
    You didn't finish "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" (Yes, I copied that). SHAME ON YOU! (No, not really x))

    Awesome article!:D
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    • shaz22 Apr 19, 2013
      I'll give you links, hope you will finish it for me and we can talk about it! Up for it?


  • soong Apr 19, 2013
    watch sarabhai vs sarabhai. It is an Indian Sitcom with around 60 episodes. It is really good.
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    • shaz22 Apr 19, 2013
      I heard about it, told my mom to watch it......but you know Moms, right? No saans, Bahuu fights,they weren't impressed!
    • neaa Apr 20, 2013
      ohh.. it's one of my faves!!!! great actors and it's so funny!
    • soong Apr 20, 2013
      If you liked it. You might like sasural genda phool. But don't watch all the episodes it becomes garbage later.
      I enjoyed it till the leads fall in love though.
    • neaa Apr 20, 2013
      i did watch it.. and dropped it when the leads fell in love.. being an indian you can't help but follow some shows!! i liked the grandparents the most!!
  • musicgirl65 Apr 19, 2013
    Hey fellow Bengali :)
    I totally agree with on the Bengali dramas. I used watch them but now I just don't watch them anymore. And for Indian dramas, not all of them are same. I been watching Indian dramas for 3-4 years now and there are actually good ones with different stories. I love watching them ^_^
    And who can forget korean dramas. That's where obsession starts :)
    I'm new to Jap and Tai dramas so we'll see
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  • yourebeautiful Apr 19, 2013
    hahaha dear fellow bangali @shaz22. "Aj robibar" made my day.
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  • goldenseal50 Apr 19, 2013
    I love your articles! ( but I had to look up Solipsism)
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  • raiona Apr 19, 2013
    waaaaaaaaaa!! A fellow Bangladeshi HERE ON DRAMALIST.COM AND I DIDN'T KNOW?! btw, thanks for mentioning aj robibar...you've energized the inner earlier-Humayun-drama-fan in me...now, I won't get a chance to breath in peace until i finish running down one of his mini series masterpieces...haha!! ^~^* b
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    • shaz22 Apr 19, 2013
      Found another one!
      Now 5 in total, my trick worked, got to meet two more Bangladeshis!

      :D, so happy!
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    • raiona Apr 19, 2013
      Me too, dear...me too! Felt sooo lonely for sucha long time here and when it seemed almost surreal to think that I'd ever get to see another deshi person here besides my bestie, there you are with an entire article on the front page...haha!!
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    • shaz22 Apr 19, 2013
      I was all alone in the beginning, than I got bored and started writing article hoping to find the rest!

      Now I know four!Now we are not lonely!
      And Bangla FTW.
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    • raiona Apr 19, 2013
      HWAITING!!! d ^~^* b
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