10 Historically Accurate Details About The Architecture In 'The Legend Of Korra'

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Vote up the fascinating facts about the architecture from 'The Legend Of Korra'!

There are many architectural marvels scattered across The Legend of Korra, and some of them are based on real buildings from the modern world. Vote up the fictional structures that have the most fascinating real-world inspirations!


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    Kwong's Cuisine Is Based On A Chinese Department Store

    Kwong's Cuisine is considered one of the finest eateries in Republic City, and it's also one of the locations we see in flashbacks during the first season of TLOK. Although the building houses a restaurant on the show, its exterior is almost totally based off of Tianyu Department Store in Shanghai. Both buildings were built on street corners, and feature a series of balconies that climb up several floors above the ground, as well as similar color schemes. 

    21 votes
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    Republic City's City Hall Resembles The German Seat Of Parliament

    Many of Republic City's signature buildings are based on pretty well-known architectural marvels. Some may not know that Republic City's City Hall is actually based on the Reichstag Building, which is the building that holds Germany's parliament. The building has a stately edifice with Roman influences and plenty of columns, but it also features a dome at the center of its ceiling that is mirrored by the one featured on Republic City's City Hall. 

    20 votes
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    Little Ba Sing Se Is A Riff On Little Italy Or Chinatown

    In season 4, we see that even though Prince Wu is in Republic City, he wants to feel like he's in the Earth Kingdom capital. He goes to Little Ba Sing Se, a neighborhood in Republic City that is designed to echo Ba Sing Se. This neighborhood has many real-life antecedents in cities around the world - two of the most obvious are Little Italy and Chinatown in New York - which provide miniaturized versions of foreign cultures. 

    18 votes
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    Zaofu Is A Real-World Shangri-La

    Zaofu's architectural achievements are almost totally unique. The city folds and unfolds like a series of enormous, metal flowers blooming each morning with the sun, but one of the inspirations for Zaofu's look, and its combination of natural beauty with man-made wonder, comes from the myths about the city of Shangri-La. Zaofu is a secluded enclave where its citizens can live in peace, untouched by the rest of the world, and the architecture reinforces that sense of isolation, encouraging comparisons to mythical paradise. 

    14 votes
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    The Republic City Four Elements Resembles The Plaza Hotel

    The Republic City Four Elements is one of the swankiest hotels in Republic City, and while its name is paying obvious homage to the Four Seasons, the building itself actually looks like another landmark of New York City. The square, stately building resembles the real-world Plaza Hotel, which makes sense. After all, it's one of the most famous hotels in the world, and therefore a great template for designing a lush hotel worth drooling over. 

    23 votes
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    Central City Station Is Inspired By Penn Station

    Central City Station is no longer as bustling as it once was, but Republic City's central train station is still an architectural marvel. With its windowed ceilings and wide-open corridors, the building was designed to resemble the original Penn Station, which was a landmark in New York until it was renovated in the 1960's. Thankfully, Central City Station doesn't look anything like the more modern Penn Station, which is much less impressive to behold. 

    20 votes