[SEOUL, KOREA] Dongdaemun Design Plaza


For the longest time, I was curious about this architecture because I keep seeing it appear in Asian Games shows and Korea Fashion Week. It's one of the most futuristic architectures I've ever seen aside from the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower. 

The first time I swung by this building, it was at night and it was already closed. Not disappointed since I only strolled by to check out the 24 hours Dongdaemun Shopping buildings. This time, I was able to take my time and check out everything at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). 


So I decided to walk around it this time around when I visited the area - Dongdaemun. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is gigantic! I'm not going to lie, it does not lack in space!  


This is the view, the moment you walk out of the subway station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. It is HUGE!! I had a lot of trouble photographing myself in there hahaha!

Dongdaemun Design Plaza hosts plenty of exhibitions, art shows, contemporary art displays, different types of museums, fashion shows, commercial displays etc. I think you get this idea, some requires admission so it's best to check their website on what's on. At the time of visit, April 2017, one of the displays we saw were KAKAO FRIENDS. I've never heard of it, so I guess they succeeded in exposing me to them. 





I love how in Korea, everything and almost everywhere, they create displays with photo ops! 
LOVE IT



After that, we walked around and found the Design Market inside DDP which takes up 2 floors. It is filled with shops that sells very unique items such as funky household items, stationary, ties etc. I enjoyed my time here to get inspired throughout.


The top floor exit. Super futuristic. 


Nothing in the building is symmetrical, the entire structure is without straight lines. 




Eventually, we made our way outside and finally a bit of sun came out so we took some pictures of the Cherry Blossom Trees.






This is the LED Rose Garden, I remember seeing this at night time and it was a beautiful sight. It adds a touch of romance to a cold, futuristic building. The metal flowers belonged to an exhibition  back in 2016 to celebrate the 70th  to celebrate the 70th year anniversary of Gwangbok-Jeol (Korea's version of Independence Day) …. therefore there are 356 days x 70 years = 25,550 flowers! 


This is the second I SEOUL U sign during this trip :)
If you're looking for these signs, there's another one at Yeouido. 
It is MUCH bigger than this one! 



That's it for now! 


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