Where does a container box belong? If you thought ports and construction sites, it’s time to change your view. In Korea, container boxes are getting various makeovers and stepping up their status as a hot commodity that can be used for various purposes from shopping to accommodation.
Located in the hot Gangnam district, SJ.KUNSTHALLE deems itself as a pioneer in creating urban culture by offering an all-around cultural experience through hosting performances, exhibitions, parties, fashion shows, workshops and more in its 28 containers. With its recent re-opening after a long renovation that made the venue look brighter, SJ.KUNSTHALLE now offers exhibition spaces throughout all floors to anyone, along with the collaboration with BRUTUS, which is a famous steak house from Gyeongridan-gil.
Holding the title of the largest container park in the world, Common Ground opened with a bang on April 10, boasting 56 fashion brands and 16 drink and food stalls over 200 containers, surpassing that of the Container Park in Las Vegas. Common Ground doesn’t hold any SPA or franchise brands that are dominating other big shopping malls in Korea. Instead, it is filled with small shops from young entrepreneurs and social enterprises, not to mention a big cultural space that divides the venue in half into “Street Market” and “Market Hall.” If you’re lucky, you might bump into pop-up events that involve your favorite celebrities!
Name a venue that is popping up as much as coffee shops in Korea, and that would be guesthouses. With more visitors seeking unique modes of accommodation, Jjuk Guesthouse Jeju brought containers to forms of accommodation, where they colored them in multiple colors to add a little joy of picking. There are eight rooms in total, and all rooms are fully insulated all year around that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Affordable prices are a plus, so check this place out if you’re planning to visit Jeju.
Earlier in January, Seoul Metropolitan Government announced plans to renovate a bus parking lot close to Gimpo International Airport to a multi-cultural complex made out of containers, expected to open in September. Seems like those stuck in the airport for layovers have a better choice to do soon!