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Bold n’ blue shipping containers host art n’ design talent amidst pop-ups, flea markets and food trucks. Baik Ji-won’s startling construction reps diffusion lines of standout designers like preppy The Studio K Navy, experimental DIM E CRES and Evajunie. Out of the way locale, but accessible by subway (it’s a three min. walk from Konkuk University subway station, exit 6) and well worth the schlep.
200 Achasan-ro Gwangjin-gu / 광진구 아차산로 200 커먼그라운드
DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza)
It’s certainly a looker, but Zaha Hadid’s sinuous, futuristic spaceship also plays host to events from blockbuster exhibits to Seoul Fashion Week, and is home to Korea’s largest art and design shop. For a bonus taste of what went before, wander round the exterior with eyes cast down, and you may spy traces of the ancient pathways left from the site excavation. Old meets new!
281 Eulji-ro Jung-gu / 중구 을지로 281 동대문디자인플라자
Sleek, minimal stone n’ wood mash up of Korean, French, nature and new wave. Ex-Nobu Kang’s daily sets – bang! Res only.
757 Seolleung-ro Gangnam-gu / 밍글스 강남구 선릉로 757