The landmark Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) on its opening day, March 21, 2014.
Designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, the DDP project has been controversial, to say the least. Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon went as far as to criticize it during the opening ceremony.
I’ll say this - I agree that the project was expensive and that the way it was conducted revealed a lot of the problems of contemporary Korea. That said, as a work of art, the DDP is absolutely stunning, and if its utilized properly, it could be the internationally recognized architectural gem the city has been searching for.