South Korea Day 10

Tomorrow we have our presentations at Kookmin University, so earlier today we had our tutorials with Gareth for the clarification of what is expected of us.

Having finished our tutorials quite early I decided to go to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which in fact wasn’t too far from our hotel. The Design Plaza is a major urban development landmark designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo, with a distinctively neofuturistic design characterized by the “powerful, curving forms of elongated structures”. The landmark is the centerpiece of South Korea’s fashion hub and popular tourist destination, Dongdaemun, featuring a walkable park on its roofs, large global exhibition spaces and futuristic retail stores.

A monumental piece of architecture in which exciting and innovative pieces of design and craft are sold. I was emotionally invested on the little ceramics store, but unfortunately I couldn’t take to many photos inside in which now are only retained in my memory. Manage to speak a couple and get the names of a few artists. Although we might think that Korean craft is really traditional, contemporary craft really reflects on the cities rapid growth by the use of their material and processes in which the integral idea of still reflecting on the historical context still coexists. And apart from these little stores which include craft goods, the Design Plaza has exhibitions that are beautifully curated in their architectural interiors.

After some extensive look around, I went and looked at the shopping area around Dongdaemun, in which I manged to get this amazing Korean jacket, soo happy. And talking about fashion, not to forget to mention how well dress Koreans are, which makes me want to pumper myself a bit more on my day-to-day life.

Time to go to sleep as tomorrow we have our formative presentations at Kookmin University and just realising how this was our last full day in South Korea just makes me want to cry.



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BA (Hons) Final Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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