Dongdaemun is a historical place in Seoul in which you can see an extraordinary structure and this is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Let’s find out what can we see and do here.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park in Seoul
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문 디자인 플라자) or DDP has an impressive structure of modern architecture. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, in 2014. The design from the outside is stunning and cool while the inside has the spectacular designs that continue with elaborate archways and fancy lighting.
They selected DDP as one of the “Top 52 Places to Visit in 2015” by the New York Times. It was also the most Instagram tagged location in 2015 in Korea. DDP also is a great venue for exhibitions, design-related shows, events, and gatherings. Because of the unique design, it became the newest and most iconic landmark in the Korean design industry and A MUST see place for every modern architecture and design lover!
DDP is composed of different halls including the Art Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (동대문역사문화공원) have the traditional and modern cultural facilities that come all at once with harmony and this was also the newest park in Seoul. It was used before as a military training ground during the Joseon dynasty. Major historical remains in the place including the original section of the Seoul City Walls. The park also includes the water gateway built in the Joseon dynasty called Yigansumun.
Read: Seoul City Wall: A Living Memory of Seoul’s History
Before this place was an open space, and they transformed it into a beautiful LED Rose Garden that displays the unique, the magnificent and modern technology of LED lights. There are 25,550 LED roses light up in the dark and it was impressive and serves as the best attraction in Seoul during the night specially for couples.
Things to do near Dongdaemun Design Plaza
DDP is composed of different halls including the Art Museum and Design Lab which you can visit for different exhibits. Last 2017, I got the chance to see Pixar’s Exhibit where I saw the life-size figures like Lightyear BUZZ and Woody of Toy Story, and the cute monsters from Monster University. This year they also held the Disney Exhibit of Mickey Mouse.
Seoul is not just rich in history but a shopping paradise too. Dongdaemun Design Plaza surrounded by shopping malls, markets, and boutiques. That’s why it is famous as one of the shopping districts in Seoul. There are seven must shop in Dongdaemun which includes Doota Mall where you can find more modern styles and higher quality items but expensive. If you are looking for a shopping mall that has the entire selection of premium top brands you can visit the Lotte Fittin across the DDP. If you are looking for stylish and cheaper ones, you can find those at hello apM and Migliore. Wholesale shoppers mostly visit apM Place and U:US shopping malls where you can see a lot of shopping bags in every stall.
Aside from the shopping malls, SM Store and Ktown4U are the most visited shops with Kpop merchandise in DDP. Plus the cute stuff from Kakao Friends.
Experience the Seoul City Tour Bus
Another way to experience Seoul through Dongdaemun is the Seoul City Tour Bus. The city tour bus provides a shuttle tour where you can see the most popular attractions in the city.
There are different tour courses which you can choose includes the Traditional Culture Course. A 22-stop course that will take you to the historic palaces of Seoul. The course also includes top destinations like Namsan Tower, Myeongdong, Namdaemun, Itaewon and National Museum of Korea. Other courses are Hangang/Jamsil Course and the Night view course costs 15,000 to 18,000 won for adults and 9,000 to 12,000 for children.
Whenever I visit DDP, I always saw a lot of fashion models nor tourist who loves to photo shooting here. Aside from that, a fashion week was held here last week to catch the attention of fashionistas from around the world with a colorful fashion show by Korea’s top and rising designers.
Korean Drama Filming Location
Some Korean dramas were filmed here including MY Love from the Stars which starred by Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyeon. Another was the Love Alarm, which is just recently aired on Netflix.
* Every Wednesday, Friday: Extended hours 10:00-21:00
281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 을지로 281 (을지로7가)
How to get here?
Seoul Subway Line 4, Dongdaemun Design Plaza History and Culture Park Station, exit 1
Seoul Subway Line 1, Dongdaemun Station, exit 8
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