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100 TOURIST SPOTS IN KOREA [Seoul] The Most Charming Picture of Seoul at Night: Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

17 Nov 2022

The unique silhouette of DDP, often compared to a spaceship that has landed on earth, underlines a venue of dreams, design, and play that has hosted numerous exhibitions, fashion shows, product presentations, forums, and conferences since its opening on March 21, 2014. It includes cultural spaces such as the Art Hall, DDP Design Museum, Oullim Square, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. The Art Hall has hosted major events such as Seoul Fashion Week, MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition, and BMW product launch. The Design Museum has hosted exhibitions on themes ranging from Korean boy band BTS to the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. D-Forest lounge was established in 2019 to allow everyone to become a designer, while the Design Lab includes a souvenir shop in the form of the DDP Design Store. Design Market hosts cafés, restaurants, and bakeries for all visitors.

Don’t Miss
DDP is perhaps best known for its nighttime photography, which has generated a considerable following in social media. Its designer, British–Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, focused on “the dynamism of the Dongdaemun area, which is in a state of constant flux from the early morning to late at night” using a unique architectural language of curved and oblique lines and surfaces, all connected in a continuum without any joints. The entrance to Oullim Square is often said to be the best place to do nighttime photography of the structure.

How to Get There
Exit 1 of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and Seoul Subway Lines 2, 4, and 5 connect to the Design Lab and Design Museum. Exit 2 connects to the first-floor entrance of the Design Lab.

Barrier-Free Travel
Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

Tourist Information
Web page
Available Hours Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (15 slots).
Fee Free entry for visitors (events and experience programs may have different fees)
Access Braille blocks and a barrier-free elevator are available.
A lactation room is available (first floor, Design Lab).
Baby stroller rental is available and free of charge (Information Center, second underground floor).
Wheelchair rental is available and free of charge (Information Center, second underground floor).

  • 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • +82-2-2153-0000

Source: Korea Tourism Organization

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