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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

2,209 Reviews

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

2,209 Reviews
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281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04566 South Korea
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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
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SQKrisflyer wrote a review Aug 2020
Singapore179 contributions148 helpful votes
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”.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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GlobetrotterJ16 wrote a review Jul 2020
Seoul, South Korea1,789 contributions279 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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AndrianiBg wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom45 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Carol wrote a review May 2020
Anniston, Alabama204 contributions31 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Saho wrote a review May 2020
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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
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Date of experience: December 2019
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