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Seoul Culture Complex Common Ground: Korea’s First And The World’s Largest Pop-Up Shopping Center

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There is something for everyone in Seoul many things to do. Tourists who want to relax while shopping, eating, and enjoying the arts can visit Seoul’s complex cultural spaces.

Complex cultural areas are becoming increasingly popular in Korea, and there are a few well-known places and neighbourhoods. Two of Seoul’s most well-known complex cultural spaces are made out of nothing but shipping containers.

Even though they are made of the same things, they have different vibes and personalities. People can shop, eat, see art, take classes, and watch live performances in complex cultural spaces.

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Common Ground might be the most well-known complex cultural space in Seoul. Common Ground is the first and largest pop-up shopping centre in the world. It is in Gwangjin-gu, near Konkuk University.

The fact that Common Ground is made up of nothing but shipping containers has made it famous. The 200 containers that make up the shopping center are set up as shops and restaurants on three levels. On the first and second floors, many trendy shops sell clothes, accessories, items for the home and living, and more. On the third floor, there are restaurants for people to eat at.

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Many of Korea’s best independent designers have stores at Common Ground, which will make fashionistas happy. New and up-and-coming designers and brands also run shops, and some online brands have set up shop here. You won’t find the same old stores and brands at Common Ground as in other Korean malls.

Young people from Seoul often shop here because the items are fashionable, popular, and fair prices. Some popular restaurants from Seoul’s hippest neighbourhoods, like Hongdae, Itaewon, and Garosu-gil, have opened up on the 3rd floor of Common Ground. There are also food trucks all over the grounds, and the people who run them sell tasty Korean and Western foods of all kinds. There are many places to sit outside so that you can shop, eat, and watch people.


Platform Chang Dong 61 is a complicated cultural space made out of shipping containers from factories. Its name comes from the area and the number of shipping containers that make up this building. The Red Box music venue is probably the most well-known part of Platform 61. The Red Box, Korea’s first dedicated music container music venue, is a red industrial shipping container, as its name suggests. Every month, there are live performances of all kinds of music, from traditional gugak to hip-hop and indie music.

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Most tickets cost between 15,000 won and 50,000 won, which isn’t too much. Watching a music show is a must, but you can also take classes and workshops, shop, and eat great food. The modelling agency for famous Korean models Jang Yoon-ju and Han Jin runs a store full of fashionable items.

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In addition, to live music and shopping, Platform Chang Dong 61 is a great place to enjoy tasty and cheap food at its restaurants.

Seoul Culture Complex Common Ground

Address: 200 Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea Phone: +82-2-467-2747
Hours of operation: 11:00 to 22:00

Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.