If you think the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is stunning during the day, wait until you see it at night!
The place has been packed since it opened Friday, and people really seem to be enjoying it. It didn’t hurt that they opened the place with some really good shows and exhibits, including Seoul Fashion Week and a special exhibit of Korean treasures from the Gansong Museum of Art.
Even Mihn Hyun-jun, the architect who designed the beautiful National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, likes the place:
Mihn Hyun-jun, a professor at Hongik University’s School of Architecture and the person who designed the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, said that he believes the design plaza “is the best architecture designed by Hadid.”
“There are criticisms about the high cost,” said Mihn. “However, the outcome has perfect completeness, artistically speaking. It did cost a lot, but that’s the price we had to pay for Hadid’s design.
“It’s time for this country to have something new and fresh.”
Unlike Mihn’s museum, which had a clear purpose from the get-go, for the design plaza, “the form came first, then came the purpose,” he noted.
Cue the opening to “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”