Regarding WENINKOREA ‘s introducing the issue of “Korean Container Shopping Mall” on blog.mykoreatrip.com by OCTOBER 12, 2015, after grand-opening in April 2015, just one year ago. How changed is it during those days?
Common Ground, Korea’s the first pop-up store, located in Gwangjin district , this area was just a such place in the southeastern part of Seoul till the big department store and shopping mall came to develop for new and trendy mid-sized shop stores by up-and-coming new designers. The shopping site was built with shipping 200 cargo containers, which transformed into different structures or moving into different places in approximately 5300 square meters in scale, that was added a dose of architectural hipness to the area.
It has been three-story building, features 70 stores of trending brands for limited amounts of time. Many of them is independent shops from local designers. The shopping space has two main centers, “Street Market” and “Market Hall,” connected by a courtyard. A few food trucks parked in the courtyard. Shipping containers might conjure up images of dank and dark spaces, but Common Ground has high ceilings and glass windows that let plenty of natural light into the mall.
On the central square of the ground market, a weekend market, is held with different themes. There are continuously various events such as colorful flower market, exhibitions, live concerts, sport show and other performances while playing its role as a cultural space. Besides, on the 3rd floor terrace, there are famous restaurants sprawl along the sides of the alley. If you feel like having a light snack, you can also pop down to the food trucks on the market ground that offers an exotic gastronomic dining experience.
Now, the blue pop- up store called Common Ground has been become more popular among the youths and the tourists because this zone is so close to the Konkuk University (건국대학교) that it became a great commercial location with floating population and students. Besides, the shopaholics and visitors are easily get there within 400 metres from subway.
Operating Hours : Store: 11:00-22:00 / Pub: 11:00-02:00
Parking Facilities : 2,000 won for first 30-min.
(Additional charge of 1,000 won per every 10-min exceeded)
How to get there : Seoul Subway line2 or line7 >> Take off the Konkuk university station (건대입구역 ) >>exit 6
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