Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
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Shikataganai73
Guam, Mariana Islands1,033 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Interesting art pieces around the plaza. Inside is a museum with special exhibits at times. Right outside is the Seoul City Tour double decker bus which you can buy a ticket for to enjoy sites around the area.
Written June 9, 2021
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SQKrisflyer
Singapore179 contributions
Nov 2019
I spent an hour and half walking and admiring, in the night, this structure that was designed by late Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British world-renowned architect. It has certainly inspired me on the “Dream, Design and Play” (DDP) concept behind the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).

Getting there: Take Subway Line 2, 4, 5 to get to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and then take exit 1, which is connected to the DDP. Once you walk out the exit of subway station, the DDP just on the left. Climb the lighted stairs to reach the street level for appreciation of DDP.

The attraction:
If you are at the DDP during the day, I would recommend a walk around the DDP to appreciate of the unique architecture of the structure – it is built on curves and I did not see any sharp corner and long straight walls! It is mentioned that over 40,000 aluminium panels cover the DDP exterior of which none is the same. I would also recommend a walk inside the DDP - consists of a sky lounge, rest area, souvenir shop and 5 exhibition halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Laboratory, Oullim Square and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park.

It is at night when the DDP really came alive! The lightings simply accentuate and dazzle the structure. Most of the yellow-white lightings even “moved” where these gradually intensified and then dimmed again. Participating in the “night life” is the Rose Garden with a total of some 25,550 LED roses.

Not only the architecture dazzled at night, the artistic talent was also on show when I saw and heard 2 different pianists playing the 2 pianos located in the open.

I walked across to the apM Place Shopping Mall and took the elevator to a high floor to get a bird’s eye view of DDP. I think you can also get a nice view from the high floor of other buildings (for example the Lotte Fitin Shopping Mall)

Overall, I enjoyed Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in the night more than in the day. Nevertheless, this is one iconic landmark in Seoul that you would not want to miss! It is no wonder that many Korean dramas were filmed here as well, including “You Who Came from the Stars”, “Producer” and “She Was Pretty”.
Written August 31, 2020
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GlobetrotterJ16
Seoul, South Korea1,775 contributions
Jul 2020
DDP is Zaha Hadid design and definitely the icon of Dongdaemun. There are a couple of subway stations that stop directly underneath or nearby, hence easy to get to. The Plaza overall is quite large in size, with shops, exhibitions and art installations. There are leaderboards with maps in many locations hence easy to find your way around. Nearby DDP are underground shopping, night markets, Dongdaemum Gate, a couple fo hotels and plenty of shops and restaurants. Dongdaemun and DDP are must visit sights when in Seoul.
Written July 19, 2020
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AndrianiBg
London, UK50 contributions
Dec 2019
Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Park &Plaza is the highlight of my trip to South Korea. We arrived in the evening and there was a performance with music and high tech projections on the walls of the building. We really felt like being in the center of arts and technology! Breathtaking ! Strongly recommend!
Written July 7, 2020
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Carol
Anniston, AL204 contributions
Jul 2019
I enjoyed a really lovely and romantic (despite being by myself) walk through this area late one evening. All of the shops were closing up, including the street vendors but it was still great for an evening stroll.
Written May 25, 2020
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Saho
1 contribution
Dec 2019
I visited there two times. The structure of this architecture is so dynamic that I felt like I'm in city rather than architecture. It was memorable
Written May 12, 2020
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BillNabilah
Sepang, Malaysia271 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I went there two times, AM and PM. The night scenery is so beautiful. So many places to take photos. Outside the building, there are roses being displayed (actually for kdrama shooting, but somehow they left it there as it become famous with tourists). I would like to recommed coming here during the night.
Written March 15, 2020
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William K
Hilo, HI27 contributions
Apr 2019
For me it was a bit disappointing visiting S. Korea. I can feel a bit of tension wherever I would go around the city. The people were not as warm as expected. I don’t know if it was due to a language barrier or they were just not trying to be nice. I’m Caucasian and my wife is Japanese and at a lot of places we went I didn’t really enjoy myself. It was our first time visiting. But as for me I probably won’t go back again. This is my opinion
Written March 6, 2020
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KC1
hk12 contributions
Jan 2020
Definitively worth a visit, especially if you are interested in design and arts.
Depend on what exhibition will be held during your visit, but even without interesting exhibition, you can visit the building during a sunny day.
Written February 20, 2020
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Troels J
Den Bosch, The Netherlands539 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
From the outside amazing architecture; just simply amazing but as soon as you step inside the magic disappear rapidly.

The space seems to be very poorly used and there is so little design that you wonder where you are.

So much potential totally wasted.
Written February 16, 2020
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