With little time in Seoul, I wasn’t ready to go back to Hong Kong and face the dreadful heat and get bitten by blood sucking mozzies all over again. My brother Ken and I were invited to spend a couple of nights at JW Marriott in Dongdaemun Square Plaza, a stone throw away from Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul’s popular shopping destination and traditional markets that covers the entire area. Did you know the building of JW Marriott was what used to be a car park complex once belonged to a previous Hotel? We indulged an afternoon Britishness in the rooftop alfresco before we took a walk around the neighbourhood and beyond.
What to see and do in Dongdaemun and beyond.
- Dongdaemun Design Plaza – a shiny fluid form, neo-futuristic building what looked like a starship enterprise in Star Trek. Designed by Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid, DPP is a popular tourist destination, the plaza features exhibition spaces and shops as well as a fashion hub in Seoul Fashion Week.
- An afternoon/evening stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream – usually flooded with lovers for a quiet intimate moment, and joggers a like. Do take a stroll during sunset and enjoy the breathtaking views of reflective skyscrapers.
- Cycling along Han River – you can rent a bike at Yeouido Park from 3,000KW per hour. Yeuouido is considered the mecca for cyclists, inline skaters and marathon runners in Seoul, it’s congested in most weekends for family and campers alike.