Located in Sangam-dong in the district of Mapo, Digital Media City is an industrial cluster of world-class digital media and entertainment companies. This area was constructed in 2006 across 140 acres of land, with aims of becoming the new epicenter for Korean wave (otherwise known as Hallyu) content and production.
On our most recent trip to Seoul, Yue and I got to experience Hallyu on a totally different level as we explored Digital Media City - its vicinity, the buildings located in the area, and the ultra-modern sculptures for which this place is also known for.
|'Square M-Communication', sculpture by Young Ho Yoo.|
|Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum in Kill Me, Heal Me.|
Case in point, the Square M-Communication - a gigantic sculpture smack dab in the middle of DMC's Sangam Cultural Square. An artwork that represents the symbolic meeting of people through the use of media, this sculpture made a special appearance in the 2015 movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. This landmark was also seen in Korean dramas such as I'm Not a Robot, Pinocchio, and Kill Me, Heal Me - one of my favorite Kdramas of all time.
More of Digital Media City after the jump!
Although this was not Yue's first time to see a sundial - having seen one at Changgyeonggung Palace and another at Gwanghwamun Square in our previous trips - he was amazed nonetheless, by the sheer size of this edifice.
Another eye-catching structure is the MBC Mall Plaza, a glistening silver building that looks like a blimp on one side and a toadstool from another angle. This visually arresting structure houses restaurants such as Mad for Garlic, Burger King, and Starbucks, as well as cosmetics shops such as Olive Young and Aritaum.
|'They', sculpture by Lee Jin Joon.|
|Yoon Shi Yoon in The Best Hit.|
Another interesting piece of art is the sculpture by Lee Jin Joon, which has been featured in KDramas such as The Best Hit, The Liar and His Lover, and Are You Human Too? Known as 'They', this sculpture showcases the head of a woman looking up to the sky and the head of a man looking down to the ground. Illuminated at night, this artwork gives a stunning effect as the two heads appear to be embracing each other.
When it comes to architecture, Digital Media City is nothing short of amazing. The glass buildings are breathtakingly beautiful, with each structure highlighting its own unique concept.
The SBS Prism Tower, for instance, has a shiny facade that reflects the skies and gives the building a different look and feel as the seasons change. A landmark of the Sangam DMC neighborhood, this building has been featured in several episodes of Running Man, and has been used as filming locations for KDramas such as Jealousy Incarnate, Temperature of Love, and Beautiful Gong Shim.
Sitting in the heart of DMC is the YTN Building, with its glossy glass walls accentuated by graceful, curved lines. Plastered on the front of the building is a huge LED screen which airs news real time; on the other side of the building stands a majestic sundial which has been used as a backdrop in Kdramas such as Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food, Black Knight, and Oh My Ghostess.
|Architecture at its finest at Digital Media City.|
|SBS Prism Tower.|
|The 'shiny' building.|
|The lobby of the SBS Prism Tower is open to the public.|
|The YTN Building and the huge LED screen in front.|
|The sundial, which left my son in awe.|
|MBC Mall Plaza.|
|MBC Mall Plaza, from another angle.|
|Inside the MBC Building.|
|Big Bang at MBC World.|
|The CJ E&M Center where M!Countdown is filmed and aired live.|
|Apparently, the throng of people at the back were fans waiting in line for the MNet M! Countdown.|
|SHINee performing at Music Core.|
BTS, who also performed on Music Core that day, was the main reason why Yue and I cancelled our plans of going to Gangnam and went to DMC on a whim. I heard from a friend that BTS will be having a fan meeting that day at Sangam Nuri Dream Square, and maybe, just maybe, we could get a glimpse of the Bangtan Boys.
|Waiting for you Anpanman...|
|MBC Building, where the MBC Garden Studio is situated.|
|Some sort of art installation - tin man riding a bull.|
|With my favorite vampire, Kim Sung Yeol.|
|Hand print of my most favorite Korean actor, Lee Joon Gi.|
|Hand print of my most favorite Korean actress and forever girl crush, Yoon Eun Hye.|
|Yue taking a break at one of the installations in Sangam Cultural Square.|
This was after an hour or so of waiting for BTS to show up, lol.