Since we moved here, they have been working on construction of a huge building where a stadium once was in the heart of Dongdaemun. It opened a couple of months ago, so on Saturday, April 12, 2014, Bob and I decided to go see what it was. It is called Dongdaemun Design Plaza and is designed by a world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The exterior is decorated with over 40,000 aluminum sheets, none of which are the same. The roof is covered with grass and gardens, to create the illusion of green space in the middle of the city - at least during the summer months, I suppose. The plaza is home to a design museum, fashion design center, lounge, museums, shops, and exhibition spaces. I guess during the excavation process, foundations and artifacts from previous buildings were uncovered and preserved and can be seen while walking around the grounds and within a small museum. The first photo below is an aerial view which I found online here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=750176&page=8
We walked to Heunginjimun (or better known as Dongdaemun Gate), which is the eastern gate of the eight original gates to the city of Seoul. We followed the wall to the north from there and ended up at Naksan Park.
Leaving the park to the west, we ended up in the Daehangno area, which is an artsy community with over 150 small theaters and lots of street art and impromptu performances by young artists. We found a great Italian restaurant and enjoyed lunch in this delightful community. I will definitely return here again sometime!