Dong­dae­mun /동대문

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Fill up and wear comfy shoes – a day in Dong­dae­mun is 24+ hours. Start with a gan­der around Zaha Ha­did’s archi ed­i­fice, the DDP /동대문디자인플라자 / ddp.or.kr / Dong­dae­mun His­tory & Cul­ture Park Stn Exit #1. The day n’ night mar­ket here is huge, but not-to-be-missed is Doota /두타쇼핑몰/ 10.30am-5am TueSat, 10.30am-11pm Sun, 7pm-5am Mon. Zip into Doota’s main en­trance, start in the base­ment and work up for funky, youth­ful club-fash. You need to dig about in the trash, but you’ll be re­warded hand­somely. Lev­els B/1 and 2/F are trendy gal-fest; 1/F hosts Seoul Fash­ion Week star­lets; 3/F has shoes and bags, which can be made to or­der; 4/F is for guys; 5/F is a riot of ac­ces­sories, trash-flash, Nail Box sa­lon and Olive Young, Korea’s an­swer to Sephora; and on 6/F are mum n’ tots’ wear. In the mood for a stag­ger­ing ar­ray of fab­ric? Exit Doota the way you came in, whip left and keep go­ing. Cross the bridge over the Cheong­gyecheon (see Ac­tiv­i­ties), turn left and you’ll espy the five-storey Dong­dae­mun Shop­ping Com­plex (see Stand­out Stores). Fi­nally, kick back with a tip­ple and a view at the JW Mar­riott lounge / jw­mar­riottddm.com / around the cor­ner. You de­serve it!

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