Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) [동대문디자인플라자]

Love Alarm (2019); My First First Love (2019); Perfume (2019); Are You Human? (2018); The Producers (2015); She Was Pretty (2015); Fated to Love You (2014); My Love From the Stars (2013-14)

A new feature of Love Alarm 2.0 is announced here in episode 8 of Love Alarm (좋아하면 울리는) (Netflix, 2019).

The 2019 New Wave Fashion Week at which all models have to take part as a test in episodes 13 and 14 (full episode 7) of Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019) takes place here.

PK Group has their big presentation for their Mach self-driving car (or M-Car) at this venue in episode 3 of Are You Human?/Are You Human Too (너도 인간이니?) (KBS2, 2018). Director Seo Joon-gil (Yoo Oh-seong) takes the lead as Nam Shin (Seo Kang-joon) was unable to be there due to ‘circumstances’ – however, Nam Shin’s sudden appearance takes everyone by surprise, not knowing that it’s actually robot Nam Shin III in his place. Outside the hall, Kang So-bong (Gong Seung-yeon) protests against the injustice she suffered, but later makes her way in upon finding out that Nam Shin was there.

Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) and Kim Mi-young (Jang Na-ra) plan to meet here to see Daniel Pitt’s art exhibition (Choi Jin-hyuk) in episode 6 of Fated to Love You/You Are My Destiny (운명처럼 널 사랑해) (MBC, 2014). She gets all of a sudden troubled if she can trust Lee Gun when she runs into Daniel – who’s here for his exhibition – and asks him what to do. “Should we see what kind of person he really is?” Daniel asks when he sees Lee Gun approaching and pulls Mi-Young in an embrace.

The stunt scene in My Love from Another Star/My Love From The Star/You Who Came From the Stars (별에서 온 그대) (SBS, 2013-14) was also filmed here.

Also featured in She Was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다) (MBC, 2015).

DDP LED rose Garden

This beautiful rose garden – consisting of over 25,000 LED roses – is a permanent exhibition by the Light Rose Garden team, which also carries out such displays in other landmarks around Seoul. It truly is stunning to behold at night, and is also an illuminating feature in selected K-dramas. As of January 2020, however, it seems like the roses have been removed from their location.

Yoon Tae-oh (Ji Soo) and Han Song-yi (Jung Chae-yeon) take a walk here after late-night shopping, in final episode 16 of My First First Love/Because It’s My First Love (첫사랑은 처음이라서) (Netflix, 2019).

In episode 10 of The Producers (프로듀사) (KBS2, 2015), the opening scene featured junior producer Baek Seung-chan (Kim Soo-hyun) being interviewed right in front of the mid-section of the rose garden.

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza [동대문디자인플라자] – or DDP for short – opened in 2014, and is a landmark building and culture hub in Seoul designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– selected Dongdaemun Design Plaza as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020.
It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Gwanghui [Gwanghui-dong/광희동] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구].

While Are You Human’s interior scene was filmed at Art Hall 1, DDP’s tallest building, the exterior scenes were instead filmed outside the Design Lab, which houses the Design Shop (featured in Fated To Love You) and Academy Hall.

281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 중구 을지로 281
(을지로7가 2-1)
Geolocation: 37.5667521, 127.0101046
Geolocation of LED Rose Garden (approx): 37.567295,127.0109695

Getting here
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station [동대문역사문화공원역], Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 and 5, Exit 1

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, September 2019 and Photos of LED Rose Garden taken by © Florence, June 2018; Mich KDL, January 2020
Are You Human?, The Producers, She Was Pretty, My First First Love added by Mich KDL

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