Most impressive buildings in Seoul, Korea
Seoul’s skyline is vast and ever-changing. There are several key structures that perfectly combine the old with the new. These are some of the most amazing buildings in Seoul that make the vibrant city what it is today.
DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza)
One of Seoul’s most extravagant modern buildings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, completely transformed the surrounding area of Dongdaemun. Design by Zaha Hadid and Samoo, the structure is a major urban development landmark in Seoul. Its distinct neo-futuristic features stand for power and elegance. It’s no wonder that the building holds the bi-annual Seoul Fashion Week and is also home to countless art galleries and exhibitions.
Lotte World Tower
The 123-floor Lotte World Tower was completed in March 2016. It is currently the world’s fifth tallest building, standing at 554.5 metres (1,819 ft). The design of the building was inspired by Korean ceramics and writing brushes. The tower houses various galleries, cafés, a luxury hotel, as well as a skywalk and an observation deck.
The 117 meter (383 ft) tall Boutique Monaco is a residential skyscraper in Seoul’s Seocho district. The building has 27 floors and 172 apartment units. Design by architect Minsuk Cho, the structure gained so much international fame and admiration that it won the 2008 Silver Emporis Skyscraper Award.
Seocho Garak Tower East
Designed by ArchitectenConsort, the Seocho Garak Tower East is a beautiful 24 storey skyscraper in Gangnam, Seoul. The construction of the building was completed in 2011 after three years of planning and building. Today, the building stands at 130.1 m (427 ft) and is a remarkable addition to Seoul’s skyline.
Seoul National University Museum of Art
The Seoul National University Museum of Art ( SNUMoA), is a museum located on the premises of Seoul National University. The museum is often considered Seoul’s center for the arts as it holds regular and temporary art exhibitions displaying work from Korean and international artists. The museum also has a strong focus on design and supports local artists and designers to get their careers started.