Seoul, 2018 – The Architecture

Although I go back to Korea every year, it surprises me every time how much there is to see in Seoul. These are some of this year’s architectural highlights.

 

Amorepacific Headquarters

 

The new Amorepacific Headquarters in Yongsan, designed by David Chipperfield, is an architectural beauty indeed. Along with Amorepacific itself, which is the largest beauty company in Korea, it has a wide array of select restaurants and cafés, as well as the Amorepacific archives, which documents the company’s past products.

Amorepacific HQ
100, Hangang-daero,
Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation

 

Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation was a gem I found on the newly published Monocle Guide for Seoul. Arumjigi hosts various exhibitions that promote the Korean culture in this beautiful building that combines the traditional Korean Hanok with contemporary architectural elements.

Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation
35-32 Tongui-dong,
Jongno-gu, Seoul

 

Byeol Madang Library @ Coex Mall

 

This huuuge library in the middle of Coex Mall in Samsungdong is breathtaking in every way. The library, which is open to all, is a good place to browse books of all types and languages, and there are plenty of study spaces as well.

Byeol Madang Library @ Coex Mall
Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong,
Gangnam-gu, Seoul

 

Changgyeonggung

 

This year, we had a chance to visit the Changgyeonggung palace, which is said to be the most well-preserved palace in Seoul. The architectural details were breathtaking and it was really interesting to see some of the western influences from the late 1800’s, such as lamps with electricity, in some rooms.

Changgyeonggung
185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Waryong-dong,
Jongno-gu, Seoul

 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

 

DDP, designed by Zaha Hadid, is a significant place not only for its stunning architecture, but also for cultural reasons as well. Every year, I come back to see different exhibitions and browse unique goods from Korean designers. Dongdaemun, where DDP is located, is one of the main shopping districts in Seoul.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
281 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 7(chil)-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul

 

Ewha W. University

 

The first couple of years of my college life were spent at Ewha, and sometimes I miss it dearly. I had a great time here and met some of my lifelong friends. The Ewha Campus Center (ECC), which was completed after my time at the uni, is architecturally stunning and is definitely worth a visit.

Ewha W. University
52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Bukahyeon-dong,
Seodaemun-gu, Seoul,

 

Lotte World Tower

 

The Lotte World Tower is a fairly new building in town, which is also the tallest building in Korea. Owned by Lotte, one of the largest corporations in Korea, this tower has an observation deck called Seoul Sky where you could get an amazing view of Seoul.

Lotte World Tower Observation Deck (Seoul Sky)
300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong,
Songpa-gu, Seoul

 

Seoullo 7017

 

Seoullo 7017, which is also relatively new, is a long, elevated walking path in Junggu, which is comparable to the High Line in NYC. It has a wide variety of interesting plants on display and you can get a good view of the Junggu district.

Seoullo 7017
18 Toegye-ro, Namdaemunno 5(o)-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul

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