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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
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동대문 역사 문화 공원

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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
(Dongdaemun Stadium)

At first glance, you may think that Dongdaemun History and Culture Park has absolutely nothing to do with sports. And in a way, you would be correct for thinking that. In its current form, it has extremely little to do with sports. So why is it a 'Point of Interest' on a website about sports in Seoul?


Scouting Report

As recently as 2008, the site was home to Dongdaemun Stadium. It was a complex of athletic facilities that served as the centerpiece of sports in Seoul. In a way, it was a (if not the) sports capital in Korea.

The sports complex was built and opened in 1925. At the time, it consisted of a baseball field and general athletics stadium. In 1962, a swimming pool, volleyball courts, and tennis courts were built.

The stadium was used for a variety of sporting events until it gave way to being used as a flea market in its later years. It was finally demolished in 2008 to make room for the Dongdaemun Design Plaza that can be seen in pictures on this page. The only things that remain of the old stadium are two light towers that were used for nighttime sporting events.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Lights from Dongdaemun Stadium

Notable Events at the Stadium

1925 - Dongdaemun Stadium (Kyungsung Stadium) opened.

1945 - 250,000 Koreans gathered at the stadium to celebrate Korea's liberation from Japanese rule.

1982 - The first professional baseball game in Korea was played.

1983 - The first professional soccer game in Korea's domestic league was played between the Ilhwa Chunma and LG Cheetahs.

1988 - The stadium hosted quarter-finals soccer games for the 1988 Summer Olympics.

2000 - The last international soccer match in the stadium was played against Myanmar.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Flags of the world

Currently the site is home to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It plays host to a number of art exhibitions. Additionally, if you are looking to do a bit of trendy shopping, try here. If the Design Plaza doesn't have what you are looking for, there is plenty of shopping (some of it 24 hours) across the street at Dongdaemun Market.

Photo Gallery

Check out the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park photo album to see more pictures of the area.

How To Get There

Where: Seoul-si, Jungno-gu, Gwanghui-dong

From Line 2 - Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (동대문역사문화공원역):
-Use either exit 1 or 2.

From Line 4 - Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (동대문역사문화공원역):
-Use either exit 1 or 2.

From Line 5 - Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (동대문역사문화공원역):
-Use either exit 1 or 2.

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Originally posted August 22, 2015
Updated November 1, 2015

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