This was an unexpected addition to our itinerary for a day at COEX but we decided to go for it since we hadn’t been to an aquarium for a few years.
Plus point: It was the filming location for Running Man, as well as I Can Hear Your Voice!
(above images retrieved from other websites)
An aquarium in a shopping mall sounded a tad strange, and we were under the impression that it wasn’t going to be very big. It made the admission fee of 28,000 won (for adults) look a bit iffy, but we were so wrong.
The front part of the aquarium may get a bit boring, as it is mostly looking at fish that are quite common (e.g. clownfish), as well as some species commonly found in Korea. However, things got really interesting as we walked further into the aquarium.
Look at these interesting ‘aquariums’ where they house fishes! A lot of them are everyday items, ranging from refrigerators to water coolers. Not only are they pretty, but also interactive – a big draw for kids, as they get to play with the ‘aquariums’.
The aquarium’s residents also go beyond marine animals. It is home to animals from many climates, such as prairie dogs, rabbits and penguins.
My personal favourites from the aquarium were the jellyfish and penguins. They had quite a few jellyfish species, and it was fascinating to see how they propel themselves in the water ~
I won’t spoil too much of it, and leave it to you to see what other animals and exhibits they have for yourself.
This is a place I would strongly recommend if you have kids, enjoy looking at animals, or have an afternoon to while away. Be warned though, tickets are quite pricey at 28,000 won for adults, so if you’re not keen on looking at exhibits and animals then I would advise you to give this a miss.
Individuals: Adults 28,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / Children 22,000 won / Seniors 20,000 won
* Infants under 36 months offered free admission when accompanied by one parent.
* Proof required (i.e. birth certificate or passport)
10:00-20:00 / Friday & Saturday 10:00-21:00
* Admission is available until one hour before closing time.
Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 (삼성동)
Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 & 6.
It is directly connected to the COEX Mall. The aquarium is located at the end of the Ocean Walk section.
(It is next to ASEM Plaza and Megabox cinema and connected to the Coex InterContinental Seoul Basement 1 arcade)
1) Get off at bus stop near Bongeunsa Temple and ASEM center
Blue Bus No. 142, 360, 363, 730
Green Bus No. 2411, 2225, 2413, 3217, 3218, 3411, 3414, 3415, 4418, 4419, 4411
2) Get off at bus stops near Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
Blue Bus No.142, 360, 363, 730
Green Bus No. 3412, 3417, 3422, 4420, 9407, 2413
Red Bus No. 9407, 9413
Airport Bus No. 600
COEX Aquarium is also easily located within COEX Mall, so the easiest way to get there might be to just get to the mall itself and find direction signs that lead you there straight.
For more information, visit KTO’s website here.