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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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Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences HK$889
Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences

238 Euljiro, Jung Gu, Seoul, KR
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Goodmorning City. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Doota Mall are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Euljiro 4-ga Station is 7 minutes.

    The Shilla Seoul HK$1,965
    The Shilla Seoul

    The Shilla 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$557
      Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

      Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong

         
        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$432
        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. Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.

          Grand Hyatt Seoul HK$1,419
          Grand Hyatt Seoul

          Grand Hyatt Seoul

             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Itawon Street and Blue Square are also within 15 minutes. Itaewon Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hangangjin Station is 14 minutes.

            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul HK$1,390
            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

            JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Jongno, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Heunginjimun, Doota Mall and Migliore Mall. Pyounghwa Market and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 10 minutes. Dongdaemun Station is only a 2-minute walk and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is 8 minutes.

              Nine Tree Hotel Dongdaemun HK$290
              Nine Tree Hotel Dongdaemun

              Nine Tree Hotel Dongdaemun

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon, Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Myeongdong Street are also within 1 mile (2 km). Euljiro 4-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is 6 minutes.

                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun HK$453
                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

                36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.