A Trip to Seoul's Coex Aquarium

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The COEX Aquarium is a good place to go to if you’re traveling with kids and looking for a fun and educational place indoors south of the Han River. I took my daughter there one afternoon with my visiting relatives (and their kids) and the kids couldn’t help but start screaming around the fish!

Here is a map of the whole aquarium to give you an idea on what you shouldn’t miss out:

Source: http://coexaqua.com

After paying the entrance fee (each adult had to pay 22,000krw, a bit on the pricey side but fortunately the kids didn’t have to pay!), we decided to go in. My relatives took the escalator up but because my daughter was sleeping in the stroller, I had to use the elevator instead. If you also need to use the elevator, you should let one of the staff know.

Naturally, the COEX Aquarium starts off with something very representative of Korea: the first room is a room full of different varieties of Korean Fish. Next up was a garden reminiscent of the old Palace Gardens Korea is also quite known for:

Then venture into Fish Wonderland, a room with various unusual utilities housing fish and some mammals sure to catch the attention of little kids and fans of the unusual. Imagine that: bunnies living in a bathroom and fish living in a refrigerator!


NOT IN THE PICTURE: They also have what’s also known as Dr. Fish, the little fish that “cleans” your hands by biting off the dead skin cells. Really ticklish!

Next up was the Amazonian World, where the Aquarium tries to recreate the Amazon in this huge room as much as they can. There were statues of tribal people in one area of the room and lots of fake trees and a variety of fish in shorter aquarium tanks. There was also a monkey in a cage in the corner as you walk along the bridge. Unfortunately this room was so dark that taking pictures was really a challenge!

Bathroom and Breastfeeding Break for those who need it:

We were in a bit of a rush to watch the Seal feeding session and only briefly visited a few places which I’m sure the children would have loved to try. Those were the Marine Touch Lab (where kids get to touch undersea creatures), the Mangrove and Beach area, the Living Reef Gallery and the Ocean Kingdom.

I was initially excited to get the kids to watch the feeding “show” at the Marine Mammal Village, but there really wasn’t much to see. There was a huge crowd (there were so many people in the seating area that we ended up seating on the floor at the front most area) gathered to watch the caretaker feed his seals. He tried to put on a little show but I don’t think foreigners will find it that interesting.

Here’s a list of the different feeding schedules of different animals there in case you’d like to try and watch it:

Source: http://www.coexaqua.com/

Then there’s the Deep Blue Square and the Deep Blue Tunnel, which are more or less connected. The Deep Blue Tunnel is an acrylic underwater tunnel that allows the underwater mammals and fish to swim over its audiences’ heads, and visitors get to take pictures of these animals (that range from various types of sharks to huge manta-rays) from below.

My daughter loved the Garden of Jellyfish because she initially couldn’t figure out what they were. I had yet to teach her about these creatures and so she just stared at the pinkish little creatures floating in the water.

Here are some non-jellyfish creatures that was in a huge tank in the Jellyfish area:

The children all found the Penguin’s Playground a very curious sight though. We also learned there that one can distinguish the adult penguin from the young penguin by seeing if it has a shade of black across the top of its chest. The younger ones’ chests should be white.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the animals at this Aquarium, click here for a complete list.

While on youtube I came across this Youtube video. It’s “조홍래’s (read as Cho Hong Re) VLOG of their trip to the Aquarium.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaYKHQ–vA&w=560&h=315]
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBaYKHQ–vA

Korean Name: 코엑스 아쿠아리움 (Coex Aquarium)

Fees:
Entrance Fee:
Adults : 22,000
Youth: 19,000
Children: 17,000
Kids under 47 months automatically get free admission (one child per parent/guardian).

Opening Hours:
10AM-8PM (daily)

Address: Coexaquarium, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 삼성동 159 코엑스 O12)
Phone Number: 02-6002-6200
Website: http://coexaqua.com/

Other Information:
How to get there: Get off at Samseong Station, Green Line/Line #2. Take exit 5 or 6 to get into Coex, and from there there are signs inside the mall pointing to the Aquarium.

Map:

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Have you ever been to an Aquarium? Did you like it? Feel free to share your thoughts below. 🙂

27 comments

  1. I’d like to recommend the Busan aquarium if you make it down here! I’d consider it more of a “real aquarium”, without the gimmicks of the COEX aquarium. I’m sure kids love it, but after seeing some of the best aquariums in the world, I was almost offended by the COEX one, and a little depressed by the habitats. The Busan aquarium is by far the best one in Korea, but it still doesn’t compare to most American ones!

  2. I absolutely love aquariums, I didn’t know this one existed! Clearly I didn’t do my research. Looks very fun, for adults AND children!

  3. I’ve wanted to visit the COEX aquarium basically since I got to Seoul, but I could just never justify the 22,000 won entrance fee! If I had some kids to entertain, it would make a lot more sense though! I love the creative fish and bunny houses that they had, I’ve certainly never seen that at an aquarium before!

    1. I have to agree with you on that. I probably wouldn’t have gone again if not for the kids. But the price was worth it since they really enjoyed themselves (plus their entrance fees were all free, haha.)
      This aquarium is definitely much more creative than any of the other aquariums I’ve been to. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! Haha I think for Holy Week next year you should visit Korea—just in time for the cherry blossoms and then you can visit this place after haha 😉 You’ll love it, I think! 🙂

  4. I loved this aquarium! It is a bit pricey, but it made for a great rainy day activity. When we were there, the show they did consisted of two divers who went inside a tank with a school of fish. They used food to make the fish move in unison and it was really quite cool. Never did see any seals, so those must be new!

    1. I saw that online before we went but we were too late for it, I think. The seals thing was not as fun as I thought it would be, or it could be because the narration in Korean and I had no idea what they were saying.
      They renovated the place and added a few things, so you’re right, that must be one of the new attractions added! 🙂

        1. True! Haha 🙂 Anyway, looking forward to reading more of (both of) your posts on your blog. I love your writing, I feel like even without pictures you’re able to capture places you’ve been to so beautifully! If only I could write like that then maybe I’d have more words than pictures in this post! Haha 🙂 Have an awesome day!

  5. Wow, this is a very informative post! It looks like such a great place to take kids. I’m pretty sure I’d love it as well 🙂 The Amazonian World seems like a really cool exhibit, as does that Deep Blue Tunnel. I’ll keep this in mind for when I’m in Korea next. Thanks!

  6. Nice pictures! I’ve always had trouble getting good photos inside of an aquarium because of all the glass.
    I’ve never been to this aquarium because I’ve been to quite a few and don’t feel like they can really offer me anything new. But this one seems to at least have a few unique perks which is great!

    1. There are a few perks but if you don’t have kids or people who enjoy watching fish with you I’m not sure if you’ll enjoy it as much. Cause I personally liked going there because my daughter was going nuts with excitement in there. If I were to go alone I’d be there mainly to take pictures…but the pictures better be worth the 22k entrance fee haha.

  7. I’ve never visited the aquarium at COEX and am sad I passed that up a few years back when walking around the mall itself. It looks like a great way to spend a rainy day. Thanks for the detailed pics and directions around. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when visiting!

  8. I was fortunate enough to visit this aquarium. Not only do I love sea creatures, but I must have passed that trait to my son. Jensen loved our visit and we always look for local aquariums at all new cities we visit. Very informative and descriptive post for those that haven’t been able to visit.

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