Place of Interest of Today: DDP, Dongdaemon Design Plaza.
It’s a cultural centre designed by Zaha Hadid, a very successful architect. The centre was amazing. It looks like a huge maze with complex and beautiful curves. We were lucky because it just opened when we arrived in Seoul. Another reason why we visited DDP is because Zaha Hadid is Valentin’s favourite architect. (Ted Mosby is my favourite.)
The way to DDP is really easy. The easiest way is via the subway.
Station: Dongdeamon History & Cultural Park, on line 2, 4 and 5.
Follow the signs or find Exit 1 and walk for 3 min. You’ll reach DDP.
Alternatively, the bus also takes you there. The green bus, 2012, takes you straight to DDP. There are other buses that takes you to the subway station:
Blue bus: 105 , 144 , 152 , 261 , 301 , 420, N13 , N16 , N30 , N62
Green Bus: 2012 , 2015 , 2233 , 7212
Red Bus: 9403
One of the main purpose of the Plaza is the multi-purpose convention hall and exhibition halls. During then, there was a Zaha Hadid exhibition going on, as well as Adidas exhibition in preparation for World Cup 2014. Being a cultural hub, there are many design products and artistic pieces all around.
Due to its cutting-edge structure and modern design, it is also one of the LATEST landmarks in Seoul today.
What to Do
Depending on the period you visit, there are different exhibitions on display. The previous time was Zaha Hadid’s exhibition and some others. There are also many individual artistic shops around. There’s also a children’s art exhibition for kids to appreciate art too. It’s a great place for families.
At night, the place turns into a magical land. Lights illuminate the ground and walkway, making the structure even more beautiful. I don’t even understand the building anymore, it’s so amazing and intrigues me all the time.
This place is great for families in the morning where the children can visit the exhibitions and run around the large empty spaces. Night time is great for couples because everyone else is shopping in the malls nearby. The place is less crowded and there are nice benches around to rest. Plus, the entrance is free!
Things to Note
Name: Dongdaemon Design Plaza (DDP)
Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 을지로 281)
Contact: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Details: Close Every Monday
Picture Credit: Valentin Q.
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