There’s a relatively new hipster place in Seoul called Common Ground. The place is built with containers that are stacked and welded together to form a space.
Just so you know, there’s a couple of such spaces in South Korea but I’m only aware of Common Ground that is within Metropolitan Seoul. The rest of the places similar to this I know are outside of Seoul.
It’s a pretty cool space to hang out if you ask me. There’s quite a number of local designer, handmade and one of a kind type pieces there. The quality of the stuff there is excellent unlike that of Dongdaemum/Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall and the things at Common Ground aren’t as expensive as I thought given how it’s all hipster, designer and one of a kind. I picked up a couple of rings there for 7,000 – 8,000 won.
Unfortunately, it was raining when I was there otherwise it would have been nice to hang out at the eateries and cafés there alfresco style in the lovely early summer weather.
To get to Common Ground, take the subway to Konkuk Station on Line 2 or Line 7, get out via Exit 6 and walk straight. It’s about 250 metres straight ahead and might seem like quite a walk but just keep going; you’ll get to the place fine. A bunch of tourists actually asked me for directions to Common Ground as the walk took a while and they were wondering if they were on the right track. LOL.
Here’s the map of the directions if you can Korean:
They would give you a carrier/plastic bag if you buy something but it’s a good idea to bring your own shopping bag there as well.