South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Journey to the Depths of the Ocean at COEX Aquarium

Entrance to the COEX Aquarium
Entrance to the COEX Aquarium

If you are looking for an indoor attraction in Korea, I think I will recommend COEX Aquarium. This is a place where you can actually experience the underwater world, that means embarking on a water journey where you can see different sea creatures and species that you can only see when you go diving. I have tried diving before in the Philippines, although the COEX Aquarium could not offer you the same experience as in diving where you can see the sea creatures in their most natural habitat underwater, at least you get to see an in depth look of some species that you can only see in the depths of the oceans.

Sea creatures you can see at COEX Aquarium
Sea creatures you can see at COEX Aquarium


What is good about the COEX Aquarium is that it is not just an aquarium. I mean it’s a giant aquarium but it does not only contain things related to oceans. Upon entering, you will get a glimpse of how a tropical rainforest looks like where you can see creatures in the mountains and some animals you can only see in the forest and caves.

Bats inside the museum
Bats inside the museum


Everything is inside the museum, from swamps to rivers, name it and you can experience all of this and more. It feels like trekking through Amazon tropical rainforest. For a while, I forgot I was actually inside a building, that’s how convincing the set up is inside the museum.

Some interesting sea creatures at COEX Aquarium
Some interesting sea creatures at COEX Aquarium

But of course, the star of the museum is no other than their giant aquarium. I felt like I was swimming in the depth of the water minus the oxygen and the wet suit. I saw live sharks, turtles, octopus, electric eels and my favorite, the pulsating jellyfish. You know we are trying to avoid them in the water, but I find their movement actually entertaining.

The jellyfish at COEX Aquarium
The jellyfish at COEX Aquarium


The Entrance fee for COEX Aquarium is 22,000 won ($22) for adult. For Middle to High School Students, ticket price is only 19,000 won and 16,000 won for children. Seniors and disabled adult ticket price is 16,500 won only while disabled children will only pay 9,000 won. There is also a group discount (20 people or more) but you need to call them first at this number: +82-2-6002-6312.

Different variety of fishes at COEX Aquarium
Different variety of fishes at COEX Aquarium


COEX Aquairum address is in 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul [서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 (삼성동)]. If you want to go via subway, take Seoul Subway Line Number 2 and get off at Samseong Station. Go to Exit 5 and 6 and go directly at the end of the Ocean Walk section which is located next to ASEM Plaza and Megabox Cinema. Coex Aquarium is directly connected to the COEX Mall. COEX Aquarium operating hours is from 10 am to 8 pm.

COEX Mall
COEX Mall

11 comments:

  1. I love going to aquariums - it's like stepping into a whole other world! My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit to the Boston Aquarium this past spring. We love finding the sea creatures that are different or unique, and it doesn't get cuter than penguins or sea lions!

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  2. Oh I would really love to see that. I love Aquariums so much, and this one looks to be even bigger and more remarkable than one I've been to before. Honestly, the idea of diving terrifying to me-I think I'd feel trapped down there. That's why Aquariums are fantastic too-you get to see all of those cool things and not have to feel trapped. I love the rainforest idea too-so cool!

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  3. I love aquariums and have been fortunate to visit a few big ones - Monterey Bay, Ocean Park in Hong Kong, and Osaka Aquarium in Japan. I have never been to Korea but would love to plan a trip some day. With your post I will definitely make it a point to visit the COEX Aquarium

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  4. This is a great travel piece for anyone going to Korea. I love how tranquil aquariums are... they transport you to another place. The fact that is has a rainforest section too is a big plus! If travelling with kids they love variety and this makes it so much more than just an aquarium. Affordable for the whole family too. Thanks

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  5. I love Aquariums and I know they have more things over there than what we have in the states. I love to learn about the many different species in the ocean besides the common known ones

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  6. The Coex Aquarium seems like a must see. We love our local aquarium but to visit one in Korea seems absolutely awesome. I also find the jellyfish intriguing to watch. True that we would not want to swim with them, but they have a very relaxing effect when you watch them in a tank.

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  7. They have local aquariums to where I live but nothing as extravagant as this one. I love the fact that you can see so much from the glass that you would not see unless you were out in the ocean somewhere. Amazing!

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  8. I love aquariums and it looks like Coex in Korea is an amazing one. I'm currently planning a trip to Asia and have always wanted to visit Korea. If I'm ever in the area I would love to visit Coex after viewing your photos!

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  9. What an amazing opportunity to get to travel to Korea! I love to visit aquariums when we travel it is so much fun to see the different marine life. I have not seen some of the fish that you took pictures of before.

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  10. Going to Korea never really crossed my mind, but this looks like a great place. If we do start traveling more again I'll have to consider it. The aquarium does look beautiful.

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  11. Wow, this is really neat! I love being able to visit aquariums and see all the neat animals. Those jellyfish look amazing! Those are always fun to look at.

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