[Seoul] Common Ground 커먼그라운드 is Korea’s first pop-up area built with shipping containers, and you may be first attracted by the large containers in that particular shade of blue.

Well, making this a literal Instagram and OOTD heaven.

(Click PLAY for video highlights of Common Ground.)

The market is located near the Konkuk University, which makes it an attraction of sorts to youths in the vicinity.

It is not difficult to spot travellers and students alike, armed with selfie sticks, shooting wefies and videos to upload (Some of them are indeed masters in posing.)

Yeah, that kind of place. Container markets are IN.

Common Ground is made up of 200 large containers, approximately 5300 square meters in scale, with space for fashion shops, food brands and exhibitions.

The ‘buildings’ are divided into
– Street Market
– Market Hall
– Terrace Market
– Market Ground
– Food Truck Market

The mood was relatively vibrant, as visitors were mostly in an easy-going, jovial mode. A DJ was keeping the energy up within a booth in the Market Hall.

On its 3rd floor terrace, restaurants sprawl along the sides of the alley.

The restaurants and cafes you can find here are 한양중식 (Modern Chinese), Abiko Curry (Japanese curry dishes from Osaka), Algeria Coffee (coffee bar), Beyond Asia (modern Asian food), Able (farm to table concept), Analog Kitchen (buckwheat noodles), Japubs (fusion Japanese cuisine), 소녀방앗간 (Korean rice dishes), Grill Thai (noodle and steak), Dore Dore (coffee and cakes) and The Booth (beer place)

If you feel like having something light snack, you can also head down to the food trucks on the market ground.

There are 4 food trucks at the exterior area which includes Bold (meat bowls and buns), Space Bar (seasonal desserts and light alcohol beverages), The Coast (casual seafood), and Kimchi Bus (kimchi-based dishes).


In terms of male fashion clothing and accessories, unfortunately, not many shops were carrying them. Items were also more suited for a particular age bracket, say between 16 to 25.

Judging from the photos, I would have imagined that the space would have been much larger.

If you are thinking of heading over to Common Ground, and incorporate some time for cuppa (without a full meal), you could possibly be done in about an hour or so.

Common Ground 커먼그라운드
200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul (Konkuk University Exit 6, Line 2 or 7)
서울특별시 광진구 아차산로 200 (자양동)
Tel: +82 2 467 2747
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Certain F&B on the 3rd floors close at 2:00am)
(Korean language only)
Google Maps – Common Ground

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