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Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Join the masses who snap selfies every year at one of the most Instagrammed sites in South Korea, a UFO-like building that hosts a variety of events. 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza is an instantly recognizable Seoul landmark. Spot a building that looks like an enormous alien spaceship and it is likely to be this spectacular site. The building hosts exhibitions, conventions and other events throughout the year, but many people come here simply to take photos in front of its extraordinary façade.

Though Dongdaemun Design Plaza was only built in 2014, it has already come to hold great historic and cultural significance. It was among the final projects Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her unexpected death in 2016. See the design plaza from a distance and notice Hadid’s characteristic flowing lines and curves. 

Visit the plaza during the day to see its vast silver surface clearly. At night, the building is even more spectacular, as it is illuminated in bright colors. The busy, brightly lit roads surrounding it add to the futuristic impression.

Book a guided tour of the building ahead of your visit to have an expert lead you around all of its most impressive features or pick up an audio guide at the door. Check the plaza’s event schedule to see what is on before you come. The events taking place here throughout the year are widely varied, including exhibitions, conventions and more. Some events return annually, including HERA Seoul Fashion Week and Seoul Architecture Festival. Kids are also well catered for, with a great on-site program of entertainment for youngsters.

Explore the innovative Dongdaemun History and Culture Park while you are here. The park has been designed to showcase past and present South Korean culture through interactive exhibits. Part of the park is actually on the roof of Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Visit the space-age marvel that is Dongdaemun Design Plaza any day except Monday, when it is closed. Take the bus or the subway to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station, which has excellent connections throughout the South Korean capital.

How about making your stop at Dongdaemun Design Plaza even more unique? Don't miss the chance to try out one or two of these activities:

Want to discover this famed attraction is an unique and memorable way? Then you must try out a City Tour Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus.

If you'd like more options, examine our Jung-gu things to do page.


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Hotel Venue G ¥4,576
Hotel Venue G

Hotel Venue G

117, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon, Myeongdong Street, and Lotte Department Store. Jogyesa Temple and Seoul City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jongno 3-ga Station and Euljilo 3-ga Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Lotte Hotel Seoul ¥20,300
    Lotte Hotel Seoul

    Lotte Hotel Seoul

    30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.

      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun ¥9,371
      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

      226, Jangchungdan-ro Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is steps from Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Heunginjimun is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 2-minute walk and Dongdaemun Station is 10 minutes.

        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong ¥11,211
        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

        Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

        362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 6 minutes by foot and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 8 minutes.

          Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1 ¥6,424
          Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1

          Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1

          73, 2GA GWANGHUI-DONG, JUNG-GU, Seoul, ICN
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cheonggu Station is 10 minutes.

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong ¥7,412
            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

            48, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Lotte Department Store. Namsan Park and Seoul City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Myeong-dong Station is only a 4-minute walk and Euljiro 1-ga Station is 6 minutes.

              The Shilla Seoul ¥18,454
              The Shilla Seoul

              The Shilla Seoul

              249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.

                Hotel PJ Myeongdong ¥8,030
                Hotel PJ Myeongdong

                Hotel PJ Myeongdong

                71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Namsan Park and Myeongdong Street are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.