A perfect symphony of stone and glass, Galleria Gwanggyo is a treat for the eyes. It is located right in the middle of an urban and natural environment and provides an experience of a lifetime. It is not like any other departmental store that you might have been to in South Korea and it is one of its own kind.
So, if you are visiting Seoul, don’t forget to go to the recently developed city of Gwanggyo and pay a visit to this marvelous architecture – Galleria Gwanggyo.
Why visit Galleria Gwanggyo?
Situated in the city of Gwanggyo, South Korea, it is located between the Gwanggyo Lake Park and the tall buildings. It thus provides a unique combination of the urban environment with a hint of nature. The mosaic stone seems as if emerging from the ground while the glass facade gives it a unique edge.
Adding the glass to this unique structure works both ways. The outsiders get a glance inside the galleria’s activities while the insiders get a breathtaking view of Gwanggyo.
Acting as an anchor for the new city, this store is all about adding depth to the dull surrounding. this 18 storey retail store is more than a store.
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What will you find here?
The retail experience is packed with a roof garden and cultural center on the top floor. The food court is in the basement. Moreover, beneath the food court is five-floor parking, all underground.
There are 12 floors above ground which covers retail and leisure activities. You will be able to find here a VIP lounge and several YouTube studios. Unlike other stores, Galleria Gwanggyo has a glass loop passageway. So, if you don’t feel like taking the lift or stairs you can always walk around the loop and make the most of the beautiful architecture.
The Architectural View point
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This galleria, as discussed earlier has given a twist to traditional retail shopping. Let’s talk about the color first. The stone has been used as per the colors of the city’s skyline. Additionally, the choice of mosaic is what gives this building a unique look.
Using 138000 pieces of mosiac and 14 types of granite, this building offers a mixture of textures.
The theme of this building, thus, can be summed as being dual. it is made using tasteful combinations. It incorporates a mixture of patterns: stones and glass; a mixture of textures: rough and smooth; a mixture of storeys: underground and above ground; and finally a mixture of both urban and nature.
If you love shopping and have an eye for a good architectural setup then this galleria should be on top of your list. You can spend an entire day here. take the glass passageway to enjoy most of this building.
There is a five floor basement parking which helps you eliminate the parking hassle. the food court, on the other hand, has a lot to offer, from takeaways to food market, the galleria has alot in store for you.
The unique structure of the store allows natural light to illuminate the entire store. Make sure to go at a time when you can enjoy both the daylight and the amazing night light as well.
Shopping Options at Galleria Gwanggyo
Every floor of the departmental store has unique features and shops of luxurious brands, including duty-free ones. From household items to electronic gadgets, you can find almost every kind of shop here.
Once you are done shopping, you can go to the 10th and 11th Floor and watch a movie at the CGV Cinema. This cinema does not just offer 2D and 3D screenings but also has screens for 4D movies.
Instagrammable Spots at Galleria Gwanggyo
If you love taking cool pictures for Instagram and want to spice up your feed with some eye-catchy photos, Galleria Gwanggyo has got you covered. There are numerous locations where you can get perfect photos to get you more likes and followers. If you keep walking alongside the glass-shaped structure that covers most of the escalators in the store, you will end up finding Instagrammable spots on almost every floor.
For example, on the 3rd floor, you see the big LED balloons that keep changing their colors with time. A perfect place to do the photo-shoot. Again, if you go to the 5th and 7th floor, you will see stairways that look like some part of a sci-fi movie. There is even a glass floor where you can see everything below you from the top – probably not the thing for people who are afraid of heights.
So, don’t forget to visit Galleria Gwanggyo this weekend and let us know how was your trip.