Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Like a spaceship that has alighted on the famous Dongdaemun shopping district, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which opened last March, is Seoul’s sparkling center for design, fashion, art, and more. DDP is one of Seoul’s—and arguably the world’s—most impressive contemporary buildings. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid, the amorphous complex spans more than 918,000 square feet with no straight lines or walls, its curvilinear exterior comprised of 45,133 aluminum panels of varying sizes that glow at night. Currently adding to the nighttime luminescence is the LED Rose Garden exhibit, with more than 25,000 waist-high, LED-lit “roses” planted outside one of DDP’s exhibition halls and on display through February 29, 2016. DDP’s three multi-purpose buildings weave seamlessly around an outdoor park, and contain multiple museums that showcase fashion- and design-themed exhibitions, a convention center with dramatic event spaces (the main art hall is now the home of Korea’s biannual Fashion Week), as well as design-oriented shops. Seoul
can feel like a city that never sleeps and here around-the-clock design market with boutiques and a food court awaits night owls.