For half of the day today it was raining lightly, the sky overcast with grey. After eating some sundubu jjigae with a friend and returning home the sky cleared up and the sun came back out. To get some air and walk around a bit, I headed to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the cities center. Originally my plan was to catch 1600 Pandas traveling art installation. I caught it as planned, but as it was being removed. The traveling installation is sponsored by the world wildlife foundation and is meant to bring awareness to the threatening of our worlds animal species, pandas included. The installation is a collection of 1600 small, teddy-bear like panda bears, arranged in various places around cities of the world. In the past month the installation arrived in Seoul and the bears have moved around to places such as City Hall, Gangnam Station, Hangang Park and now the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Having arrived too late to see the installation in it’s complete form, I took the opportunity to wander around a bit and take some shots.
The center’s famous for looking like a large spaceship, designed by Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect. It’s the one place in the city that really feels futuristic. Seoul’s definitely a progressive city, with the world’s fastest wifi, a convenient subway system and a connected, tech savvy population…but, nevertheless, the city still by and large has an old feel, still transitioning into a more modern city. The Design Plaza stands out as particularly modern in style, but also futuristic, as the interior hallways and design always reminds me of locations out of 2001 A Space Odyssey, with the plain, minimalistic white painted spacious corridors and hallways. Despite my draw to the style of the space I haven’t spent much time there due to being unimpressed with the actual exhibits/spaces inside the plaza. Yet, walking around today got me wanting to revisit, as it’s clearing developed a lot since the doors opened this past year. Absolutely worth the trip if you find yourself in Seoul.
(Hallway inside the plaza)