Joining the Ranks of the Greats
The name “Times Square” brings with it images of the major landmarks in Hong Kong and New York City: major symbols of urban living where commerce and leisure come together in a mix of modern conveniences such as department stores, hotels, shopping malls, and cultural spaces. The newest addition to this world-famous list is “Yeongdeungpo Times Square” in the west of Seoul, a gigantic shopping complex that has been gaining increasing popularity since its opening in September 2009.
Korea’s Largest Shopping Mall
Located near Yeongdeungpo Station on Subway Line 1, Yeongdeungpo Times Square is twice as large as COEX Mall in Samsung-dong (Gangnam), which had previously been the largest shopping mall in Korea. In addition to being specifically designed to facilitate the flow of customer traffic, the new Yeongdeungpo Time Square boasts an exquisite interior design and outstanding customer services.
Hotels, Stores, and a Whole Lot More
Everything necessary for urban living can be found inside the complex at Yeongdeungpo Times Square; this mall is more than just your average shopping center! Aside from housing a huge selection of stores, the complex is also a center for tourism, businesses, lodging, medical services, cultural experiences, and a myriad of entertainment facilities. From discount stores to department stores, the square gives consumers more choices than they could possibly have imagined: a bookstore, a movie theater, a fitness center, a home store, food courts, top-notch hotels, a wedding hall, and a banquet hall. Offices and meeting rooms are also available for lease.
Times Square’s Greener Side
Even though Yeongdeungpo Times Square is primarily a commercial center, designers have taken great care to incorporate environmentally-friendly spaces as well. Patches of grass, gardens, water fountains, and a large roof garden account for roughly 21% of the structure’s total area. The Main Atrium stretches up to meet a glass ceiling, flooding the central area with natural light. Throughout the year, free performances by musicians and other lively events are held in the atrium, turning the mall into a mini community center where shoppers and residents can kick back and relax.
- Small lockers: ₩1,200
- Medium lockers: ₩1,500
- Large lockers: ₩2,500
• Fees charged on a daily basis, from midnight to midnight.
• Lockers only accept ₩100 coins
• Fees: Free (₩100 refundable deposit)
• Hours: 10:00-24:00 (lockers accessible only during store hours)