As if Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) wasn’t eye-catching enough already, someone decided to “plant” 21,000 LED lit roses onto its rooftop park.
By day, it’s an exquisite rose garden of human creativity, steady hands and careful diligence. By night, it’s a dazzling nebula of luminous fairy lights set against the neofuturistic lines of designer Zaha Hadid’s urban landmark.
Our stroll through the “rose garden,” at dusk was beyond awe-inspiring. It’s mind-boggling to think of how much effort it took to actually construct, wire and install all of those blooms.
If you want to see the flowers yourself, before they succumb to winter, you’ll have to be quick! They’ll only be planted there until November 30th. I’d recommend visiting during a weekday night, rather than the weekend to avoid the crowds.
Visiting the Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Officially inaugurated on March 21, 2014, the DDP aims to be ground zero for fashion and design in Seoul. Featuring walkable rooftop parks, innovative stores and exhibition spaces, as well as restored parts of Seoul Fortress, while there, it can feel like the future is now.
Access to the DDP is from Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, which intersects on subway lines 2, 4 and 5.
*Special thanks to fellow Worldwide Korea blogger, Alfonso L. Delgado, who assisted me with some photos for this post. Please check out his blog, A Pinoy in Korea, HERE.
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