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Dongdaemun History & Culture Park

Ancient relics accompany striking examples of contemporary architecture and design in this special complex, created to showcase centuries of South Korean culture. 

Investigate hundreds of years of South Korean history at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park in Seoul. The vast space, located on a spot with a long and rich history, is scattered with hyper-modern architectural masterpieces and ancient relics. The park was a significant project for the multi-award-winning Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid in the years before her 2016 death. One of her most distinctive buildings, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, is the star attraction of the park and is among South Korea’s most Instagrammed places.

The site was once a Joseon Dynasty military center. The Seoul Fortress wall was located here as well. As with many of Seoul’s historic sites, the walls were destroyed during the Japanese invasion of the early 20th century. Arrive today, however, and see how carefully parts of the original structures have been restored. 

Visit the Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial to see exhibits that explore the cultural importance of the stadium that once stood on this spot. The stadium was built by the Japanese occupying forces, but as it stood until 2007, it held an important place in the hearts of many Seoul locals. 

In the Dongdaemun History Museum 1398, learn about the secrets unearthed during the building of the park. View some of the 1,000 artifacts, many of them hundreds of years old, which were discovered beneath the ground while the park was being constructed.

Check the schedule for the Event Hall before you visit, as different events and exhibitions are held here throughout the year. These change each month and cover all aspects of South Korean culture, from fashion and art to architecture and history. 

The most popular building in the park is also the one that is impossible to miss. Look for the giant, spaceship-like silver structure that is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. This massive center hosts various events and permanent and rotating exhibitions about culture and design. 

The Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station offers excellent connections to the rest of the city by bus and subway. Prepare to spend several hours here, as the site is huge and has a lot to see.

There are so many wonderful ways to experience Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Here is a list of some of the most popular:

For even more things to do, take a look at our Jung-gu things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Dongdaemun History & Culture Park


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Hotel Venue G HK$320
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 mile (2 km). Jongno 3-ga Station and Euljilo 3-ga Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun HK$711
    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 away 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 Hotel Seoul HK$1,257
      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 Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong HK$516
        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 HK$1,317
          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 mile (2 km). Dongguk University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaksu Station is 13 minutes.

            Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong HK$659
            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.

              Hotel PJ Myeongdong HK$543
              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.

                Toyoko Inn Seoul Dongdaemun 1 HK$458
                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.