By Christine Park
Lightning fast isn’t that much of an exaggeration when describing how most things get done in Seoul. For the 10 million highly-wired, digitally connected and rigorously educated inhabitants of this frenetic metropolis, breakneck pace is the daily norm.
Seoul doesn’t slow down for anyone, but this is probably why a war-torn Korea was able to pick itself up and become a global powerhouse in a matter of a few decades. Amidst the buzz of its cutting-edge IT developments, streamlined railways, or high-rise skyscrapers, it’s hard to imagine today that Korea lived in sub-Saharan levels of poverty only a short while ago.
In search of ever faster ways to expedite processes and save time, Koreans are turning eagerly to one-stop multi-purpose complexes that combine department stores, supermarkets, bookstores, restaurants and theaters. Imagine being able to eat, shop, read, work, attend a concert, try hundreds of different street foods from all over the world, and even get a nose job, all in the same building complex.
In essence these herculean mega malls are triumphant monuments of the country’s economic growth – a testament to the its meteoric rise out of the rubble – whose emergence is changing the way people are spending their time.
|Construction of D-Cube in 2008|
|Guro Gu in 1960|
Mega-malls are sprouting like mushrooms, especially throughout Guro and Yeongdeung-po districts. The newest of the bunch is D-Cube City: A 19800 sq.m. comprehensive culture complex built by Dae Seong Group that offers just about everything a modern Seoulite will need.
|D Cube Dept Store|
Inside this massive space, one can shop at the D-Cube Department Store, featuring global brands (most of them never before seen in Korea) like H&M, Zara, and UNIQLO. When all that shopping causes hunger and thirst, one can replenish at the theme restaurants which offer :0 over 4,000 different menus.
|D Cube Food|
D-Cube City is also home to the Sheraton Hotel, two different concert halls, supermarkets, bakeries, a pharmacy, an arts centre, a Pororo Theme Park, offices and clinics.
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