Enjoying Dongdaemun History & Culture Park(And DDP[Dongdaemun Design Plaza])

Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

Dongdaemun History & Culture Park is a major tourist attraction about 20 minutes away from my house.

In the past, there were many wholesale shopping malls such as non-brand & low-cost clothes.

Now there is the DDP(Dongdaemun Design Plaza URL) where was a ballpark. It looks like spaceship. 

the photo of DDP
DDP(The Dongdaemun Design Plaza)


How to go Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

Using the Subway:

Find the nearest subway station to your location.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza is well connected through the Seoul Metro system.

You’ll want to head to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, which is served by three subway lines: Line 2 (Green Line), Line 4 (Blue Line), and Line 5 (Purple Line).

You can transfer to these lines from various other subway lines, depending on your starting point.

Once you arrive at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, follow the signs to exit 1 or 14. These exits are the closest to DDP.

photo of map(how to go DDP in Seoul)
google map(how to go Dongdaemun Design Plaza[DDP] in Seoul)

Using a Taxi:

You can also take a taxi to Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

Just tell the driver “Dongdaemun Design Plaza” (동대문디자인플라자), and they should know how to get there.

Taxis are readily available throughout Seoul, and it’s a convenient option if you’re traveling with a group or have a lot of luggage.

However, as I mentioned in other previous posts, Uber is rarely used in Korea.

The Catholic pilgrimage route to Seoul (1)

* Taxis are readily available in Seoul. Empty taxis have a red “빈차(empty car)” red light in the center of the front of the car. If you wave toward a passing by taxi with a red mark of empty car, you can stop the empty taxi anywhere. But I don’t recommend this way because you are not familiar Korean road situations. I advise to use taxi application rather than waving hands on the road. You can easily call the taxi at anywhere by Korean famous app.(Kakao T)

* Most Koreans don’t use Uber. If you use Uber in Korea, you can be uncomfortable.


Using a Bus:

There are several bus routes that stop near DDP.

You can use a navigation app like Naver Maps or KakaoMap(Korean popular navigation app) to find the most convenient bus route based on your current location.



If you’re in the Dongdaemun area and it’s a nice day, you can also walk to DDP.

It’s a prominent landmark, and you can simply follow the signs or use a navigation app to guide you.


* Please refer to the previous post for public transportation system in Korea.

2023 Korean Transportation(T-money) Card


The Dongdaemun Design Plaza

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, often abbreviated as DDP, is a landmark and cultural complex located in Dongdaemun History & Culture Park.

It is a major architectural and cultural hub that serves as a venue for a wide range of activities, including exhibitions, conventions, fashion shows, art events, and more.

Designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the DDP features a distinctive and futuristic design characterized by its fluid and curvilinear architectural forms.

The complex covers a large area and includes a range of facilities, such as exhibition halls, a design museum, conference rooms, a history and culture park, a design market, and other spaces dedicated to promoting design and culture.

You can get more information like  from DDP Homepage(https://ddp.or.kr/?menuno=340).

captured photo of dpp homepage
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP) homepage


DDP is an iconic architectural structure and a popular attraction in Seoul, so it’s relatively easy to find.

Once you arrive, you can explore its futuristic design, visit exhibitions, or enjoy the surrounding Dongdaemun area known for shopping and nightlife.


Local Tip for meals

If you want a Korean meal, it is much cheaper and used by locals to use the Food court under the shopping mall called Hyundai City Outlet(English Homepage URL).

photo of homepage_hyundai city oulets Dongdaemun.
homepage_Hyundai City Oulets Dongdaemun near Dongdaemun Design Plaza


I recommend you visit the Hyundai City Outlet Dongdaemun   across from DDP rather than eating on DDP or on the street.

And there are many shops in Hyundai City Outlet(English Homepage URL). You don’t have to buy Cosmetics and tourist souvenirs at other shopping buildings. 

You can get there by walk. It will take about 5~10 minutes.

photo of map(how toHyundai city oulets)
google map_from Dongdaemun Design Plaza to Hyundai city outlets

Hyundai City Outlet Dongdaemun:

Hyundai City Outlet Dongdaemun offers a wide range of shopping options, including fashion, accessories, cosmetics, and more. It’s known for its fashion-forward and trendy items.

The outlet often features various promotions and discounts to attract shoppers looking for deals and the latest fashion trends.

Additionally, it is known for its food court and dining options, where you can enjoy a variety of Korean and international cuisine.

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