DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza), 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea (100-197)
Subway to DDP
Exit 1 of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Line 2, 4, 5
Bus to DDP
Bus stop at Dongdaemun History & Culture park
Blue buses 144,261,420 / Green buses 2012,2016,2233 * Parking are very limited.
From the very beginning, DDP garnered much attention as Korea’s first public building for which its design was chosen through an international design contest, held by Seoul Metropolitan Government. The DDP was designed by late Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British architect who was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
In her design of DDP, Hadid focused on the dynamism of the Dongdaemun area, which is in a state of constant flux from the early morning to late at night. Her DDP design, entitled “Metonymic Landscape,” uses the historical, cultural, social, and economic characteristics of the Dongdaemun area as its foundation and adds futuristic values and vision to it.
Hadid created a space that flows without boundaries, based on her observations of the region's continuously changing dynamics.
The DDP has added a new landscape to the region and has become a new symbol of Dongdaemun.