If you live near Konkuk University, I am sure you know that there is a place called Common Ground near the university. Nowadays, it had also become one of the hot places for young people especially students to loiter and shop around there. Yes, the place I wish to introduce to you today is Common Ground.
Details on how to go there
Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
- Bus Stop: Konkuk University Main Entrance Station
- Bus No. N61, N62, 2016, 4212, 102, 1002
- Bus Stop: Konkuk University Station Intersection
- Bus No. N61, N62, 721, 240, 2016, 2222, 4212, 102, 1002
- Bus Stop: Konkuk University Station
- Bus No. 721, 240, 2222, 4212, 광진05
- Bus Stop: Guangjin-gu Assembly Station(Airport Limousine)
- Bus No. 6013
Konkuk University Station (Line 2/Line 7) Exit 3, walk-in 3 minutes distance
- 30 minute: ₩2,000
- Free 1 hour parking ticket for purchase of above ₩50,000. (Get a ticket at MARKET HALL 1F DJ BOOTH/ all shops are included / one per one vehicle)
- Additional 10 min: ₩1,000
- One-day Maximum Fee: ₩30,000
- CARD ONLY (Pay in cash is unavailable)
History and background information
On April 10, 2015, there was an opening of a creative complex space, which composed of 200 shipping containers. And yes, it is the Common Ground. It is also one of the largest shipping container shopping malls in the world.
Since it is located near to Konkuk University, you can always see students shopping around there easily during weekends. I went there during summer last year and it is not really difficult to find it. Since it is just located beside the main road, you can find it easily even if you didn’t have a map.
What can you expect?
There are quite many entrances and you can enter the mall from anywhere you want. The containers are really special and you can see people taking photos in front of those blue containers. You can find stalls where clothes and shoes are sold at an affordable price and the options are also much more than you expect. It is because the space is really big and it is not as crowded as Myeongdong or Hongdae streets. Especially during weekdays, there are not many people at Common Ground and you can move anywhere you want really fast.
Also, if you go to the second or third floor of the containers, you can find some restaurants and rooftop cafes there. I had never tried those cafes before but I think they worth a try since I always got recommendations from my Konkuk friends.
In a nutshell, Common Ground is a place where you should visit if you are a street shopping lover since there are plenty of varieties there. Also, leisure activities like cafe hopping are also available and I am sure you can spend an interesting afternoon there. If you find this article interesting and helpful, share it with your friends. For more articles like this, subscribe to KoreabyMe and read my other published articles on the site. You can follow me on Instagram too!