Hyper-Futuristic Landmark in Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun Design Plaza


After its construction was completed in 2014, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) quickly emerged as one of Seoul’s most recognizable and popular landmarks due to its hyper-futuristic design created by the late world-renown architect Zaha Hadid. It’s the largest 3D amorphous structure in the world, and the first public project in Korea to utilize 3-Dimensional Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other digital tools during its construction. Over 45,000 panels of varying size and degrees of curvature were used to construct the DDP’s exterior, an incredibly complex design that was only able to come to fruition with the assistance of advanced computer modeling programs that could develop each customized panel.


DDP is home to a number of exhibition and performance halls, and regularly hosts a wide variety of events, such as Seoul Fashion Week, Seoul Architecture Festival, and various exhibitions of famous studios and brands such as Pixar, Louis Vuitton, and Aardman Animations. It boasts two large art halls, a design museum, multiple exhibition halls, and design shops, as well as a handful of small museums dedicated to the history of the site and the district.


There’s also a park that forms part of the DDP known as the History & Culture Park. DDP actually occupies the former site of the old Dongdaemun Stadium, and one of its floodlights as well as a museum dedicated to its long eventful history can be visited along with sections of the old Seoul City Wall in this park. There’s also a grass hill for visitors to relax at on a warm sunny day, as well as an amazing LED rose garden situated between the Art Hall and Yigansumun Exhibition Hall. Various pop-up markets are also hosted at Oullim Square, right outside the Art Halls and Design Exhibition Hall.


Company NameDongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문디자인플라자)
Category Arts & Performance Fashion & Beauty Shopping Tour & Sightseeing
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Languages Available English
Opening HoursSunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00 / Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 21:00
Closed DaysMondays

281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 281

Take Lines 2, 4, or 5 to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park and go out Exit 1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza will be in front of you.

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