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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul

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Resembling a giant spaceship docked in a field of fake white roses, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) hosts fashion design shops, a multipurpose convention hall, a history museum, and eateries. A combination of classy shopping mall and suave conference center set in the middle of Dongdaemun fashion district, this modern landmark of Seoul gets an extra accent from thousands of glowing LED lights along its sloping curves. You can also explore some 2,575 artifacts in the restored parts of a fortress excavated during construction works. The plaza is well-connected, with a subway station just underneath. A visit to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seoul day trip planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • This plaza is a really cool architectural design and is situated quite handily by a metro stop. There are many shops and restaurants. We visited during the day, snapped a few photos and realised that....  more
    This plaza is a really cool architectural design and is situated quite handily by a metro stop. There are many shops and restaurants. We visited during the day, snapped a few photos and realised that....  more »
  • A very nice building with some really cool exhibits. I especially liked the design plaza shop that sells original gadgets created by various designers. For all of those who want to take a step away... 
    A very nice building with some really cool exhibits. I especially liked the design plaza shop that sells original gadgets created by various designers. For all of those who want to take a step away...  more »
  • I wanted to se the DDP at night and it was amazing. It has several artistic statues, a musical director with musicians, little people hanging from the walls and lights that changed within the... 
    I wanted to se the DDP at night and it was amazing. It has several artistic statues, a musical director with musicians, little people hanging from the walls and lights that changed within the...  more »
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  • Dongdaemun design plaza is a visual treat as it’s architectural design is very innovative and impressive. There are so many cute things inside that you can experience. Some of them are free and some are not. The place is huge, it looks more good during night time as all the lights just lit up. Entrance fee is free. Parking lot fee 4000 kw/hr
  • Amazing architecture! It’s like being somewhere in a Blockbuster movie—The area is full of design, nice hidden gems. I was walking around and a kid out of nowhere started playing the piano (Truly an amazing space! Went to see the Jean Jullien exhibition and it was great!
  • A very nice building with some really cool exhibits. I especially liked the design plaza shop that sells original gadgets created by various designers. For all of those who want to take a step away from the famous designers.
  • I got so many recommendations before coming to Korea. But this place wasn't one of them. But it's so cool!!! You come here for the architecture, otherwise it's just a basic mall and museum. Most of the museum is FREE. At bought during the holidays they have a light show. The shows usually stay after 19:00
  • The amazing architecture itself is worth the visit! I went for the Tim Burton exhibition here in June 2022 which is very well put together. I think there used to be some food trucks night market during the weekends but it stopped coz of the pandemic. Worth a visit!

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