Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elvis Goes to Denmark

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM

We all know where to find the former home of the late king of rock 'n' roll, right? Sure, everybody knows Graceland is in ... Denmark.

Yup, something fishy is in the state of Denmark.

In what might be called one of the strangest plans to attract tourists to Europe, one particularly loyal Danish Elvis fan is opening a replica of Graceland in the town of Randers, which will appropriately be called Graceland Randers.

Henrik Knudsen has run an Elvis museum for 16 years, which he claims attracts roughly 25,000 visitors each year. He hopes the new-and-improved building will bring in 50,000 people per year, although local officials put that number closer to 125,000 per year.

But who could resist a nearly identical replica of Graceland—built twice the size of the original to include a gift shop, restaurant and museum—complete with a collection of more than 6,000 pieces of Elvis memorabilia?

According to BBC.com, the project cost roughly $4.7 million (26 million kroner). Check out the BBC's tour of Graceland Randers—which is apparently located in the middle of a field.

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