If you have friends traveling to Seoul for a holiday, you can bet that one of their many OOTD photos will be snapped with the background of many blue colored shipping containers. This place right here, is called COMMON GROUND. And it is the latest trending, and “hippiest” place for locals, instagrammers and tourist visiting Seoul. That said, being the hipsters that we are, our Travel Blog had to visit Common Ground during our recent trip to Seoul.
Common Ground is a unique place made up of approximately 200 shipping containers that stacks up to approximately 4 stories high. This unique area is in fact a pop-up mall with as many as 70 over stores!
When you first arrive at Common Ground, the layout mirrors that of an open car park with containers stacked on both sides of the entrance. This place is further sectioned into 4 areas, mainly the open square area of the main entrance, the street market, the market hall, and lastly, the terrace market.
The main entrance with the iconic “COMMON GROUND” logo is where all the action and OOTD shots happen. This open area has such a chill vibe, and it is accompanied by a variety of America food trucks. There are selections of burger and beer, Korean dishes, and even churros!
To the right, you can find the Market Hall that carries more fashion labeled and designer items, which are of course pricier as well. There is also a pretty little café called DORE DORE, where you can enjoy some tea and cakes while people watching (I reckon you probably spend most of your time looking at all the tourists taking OOTD shots). The interiors of the containers are decorated with wooden staircase with metal railings and frames, giving off a really cool and grunge vibe.
Stores span throughout the first and second stories. If you are hungry after all the photo taking and shopping, proceed to the third storey to Terrace Market, where you are greeted with a fine selection of different cuisines to choose from. Our Singapore Food Blog explored and scouted a few menus and decided we can’t go wrong with Thai food! If you’re gonna try Thai food as well, we’d highly recommend the Phad Thai, and do note, you get to select the vegetables for your pan of Phad Thai, they pretty much give you an empty bowl for you to fill up as much of your favorite vegetables as possible!
After your meal, take a slow stroll around the terrace market to enjoy the breeze and aerial view of the place. Interestingly, the terrace market connects both ends of the containers (market hall and street market), so you can cross over the open bridge and make your way to the street market.
I personally prefer the street market as they have more affordable goods, and they carry all sorts of stuff, i.e. artwork, accessories, apparels, and even phone cases to name a few! It was a livelier atmosphere in the street market as compared to the market hall.
All in all, common ground is truly a great place to chill out for both tourists and the locals! Even if you are not buying anything, do drop by for some OOTD shots that you have seen on your instagram.
Stores open 11am local time, till late.
How to get to Common Ground
Travel by Subway to Konkuk University Station on seoul subway Line 2 or 7. Exit the station via Exit 6, and walk straight ahead approximately 250m. Don’t worry about losing your way. You will not miss the huge blue shipping containers!
Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul