South Korea 2015: Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, with its smooth futuristic and alien-like surfaces, had been on my must-see list ever since I found out that Seoul Fashion Week was held there. It’s just too bad that we arrived one month too early. In any case, I had fun pretending otherwise.

Photo asisst: Scott.
We wandered about the island separating the fashion streets, discovering the underground Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. The contrast between sleek modernity and rustic stones were surprising, as if one step brought us back in time.
No surprises when we took more pictures there. Wearing Viparo jacket, H&M sweater, Nordstrom tights, McQ x Puma shoes. Photo assist: Scott.
Me and Scott at one of the cuter sculptures in between the plaza and park. It’s a mobile in the shape of a retro-looking camera. I’ll assume that the DDP on it stood for Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
The inside of Dongdaemun Design Plaza felt like a maze to me. It housed a number of traveling art exhibitions, one of which we chanced upon being Audrey Hepburn: Beauty Beyond Beauty. It was a little weird to see write-ups in Korean for an English-speaking celebrity:
A retail space was set aside in the underground area. It was super cool how they had installed a cutesy interactive installation along the walls! Too bad the calibration was off – Scott and I tried to do what the videos suggested but our actions never seemed to be in the proper position.
One of the more interesting stores was Red Eye, a space which promoted independent artists. I had a bittersweet moment browsing through the quirky items as by then, we’d already maxed out our luggage space (in fact we nearly destroyed one suitcase trying to squeeze too many stuff in).
I sorely wish I’d purchased these cuties!