EXPLORING SEOUL : COMMON GROUND @ KONKUK UNIVERSITY // SEOUL SEARCHING 2016

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One of the places that I really really really wanted to go was Common Ground at Konkuk University. When I first saw it in a vlog and I think, it was a blogpost, I just had to put it in my itinerary. However, during the first few days that we were in Seoul, we walked so much that we basically busted our feet up so we ended up wanting to rest a lot and wasting a lot of our mornings in bed, trying to recover from all the walking. So, by the end of the trip, we took it really slow and went with the flow, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to go.

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I did end up going anyway because during the last few days of my trip, I was left alone in Seoul since my friend had to return to Malaysia early for work. I’m so happy that I went because I’m just, here’s the thing; I love art and places where people are passionate about art. Art isn’t just paintings; it’s also fashion, photography, handcrafts, music, design. I love those kind of things so Common Ground felt like a hub of all things art.

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I know that some people might think it’s overrated, it’s just another hip place for kids to feel super hip and cool but there’s a reason why it is as popular as it is. The moment I stepped into the compound, I just felt super liberated and inspired by my surroundings. Every little detail of the area is so well-thought out and you can feel the vibe, everyone there is there for the art, for the culture, for the music, for the design. It’s not just a cool place, it’s a place for people to express themselves and be inspiring, and be inspired.

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There aren’t a lot of things to do here but if you take the time to absorb the vibe, the atmosphere, the passion surrounding the place, people watch and just take the time to really digest and invest in the things that you’re surrounded with, I think it would be a great experience.

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There are a lot of local shops, some are fairly overpriced but you really don’t need to buy anything if you don’t want to. There are plenty of food trucks, cafes where you can sit down and enjoy watching other people. That’s what I always did in Seoul; people watching.

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If you’re familiar with Dore Dore, they have a pop-up shop here too.

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If you are ever in Seoul, I would really suggest you to come here. It has an amazing energy and if you’re into the same things that I’m in; art, fashion, photography, design, music, this is a place you need to visit.

For more info : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SHP/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=2028185

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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