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Dongdaemun Design Plaza opens to the public Updated: 2014-03-21 21:59:30 KST

  Dongdaemun Design Plaza opens to the public
It's like no other structure in the South Korean capital.
This free-flowing, curved building that looks like a spaceship is Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and over 9-hundred people, ranging from politicians and fashion designers, were on site Friday to welcome it.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, in his welcoming speech, said the structure is an architectural gem.
He acknowledged the building's high price tag of 4-hundred-60 million U.S. dollars, but said it would bring about over 12-billion dollars in production and employment in just two decades.
Designed by the Pritzker-winning Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the building is shrouded in over 45-thousand aluminum panels.
The world's largest asymmetrical free-formed building, the total space amounts to over 85-thousand square meters.
The structure, with no straight supporting pillars, has people in awe.

"I came out to see the opening ceremony of the building, and it looks like a spaceship has landed in the center of Seoul. The flow of the architecture is unique in its own way."

Dongdaemun Design Plaza is located in the center of Korea's trendy Dongdaemun fashion district.
It will serve many purposes, with a number of exhibition spaces scattered over four floors and three underground levels.
Korea's national treasures, along with a design exhibit by Hadid, are on display in eight different exhibition rooms.
To showcase Seoul's new star, the capital will extend city tour buses and airport buses services.

"Some 6-to-7-thousand tourists visit the district of Dongdaemun each day, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government envisions that this NEW architecture as the NEW cultural hub to the South Korean capital. Shin Se-min, Arirang News."
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