Well why not go to the place that holds 40,000 creatures from over 650 species on display? And if you want to experience scuba diving without actually donning a suit and getting wet, then this will be as close as you can get.
Now COEX isn’t just all fish.. no they have a small “jungle” themed section with monkeys, tropical plants and elsewhere there are some prairie dogs chucked in for good measure. There are Beavers, penguins, dugong and chipmunks? (squirrels maybe), OH! And you will find fish in the fridge, washing machine, toilet bowl, kitchen skin, telephone booth and chilling with spider man! This section of unique places to hold a fish is referred to as the “Wonderland” and yes, COEX has thought of it all!
You will walk through the following themes without completely realising you have and theres only one way to walk so you won’t miss anything.
- The Inca Empire
- Amazonian World
- Seven Seas
- Ocean Kingdom
- Marine Touch
- Undersea Tunnel
Located conveniently in the large COEX shopping complex it is not hard to miss with the long line that happened to wrap around part of the shops on the day we visited. However, once you are in side it didn’t seem too crowded until you wanted to watch the daily feeding show.. *cranes neck high* but we did happen to stumble across it last minute, wondering why we suddenly had the aquarium to ourselves? That show is a must see. This show happens at the central tunnel tank that contains 2000tons of water. It winds around in a very large square shape and theres a slow motored floor for the pensive.. or lazy in my case. It has a huge display window on one side where the fish tucker (food) is thrown in for the sea turtles, sharks, sting and manta rays and those few fish lucky enough to get a nibble.
Around the exhibits 40% of the fish tanks would have an english description next to what was inside. However, I did giggle at some of the spelling mistakes and phrases used (I’ll admit sometimes I’m not much better). Unfortunately, I didn’t pick the best example to take a photo of, but.. I don’t want to spoil the fun for you ;).
There are a few interactive points for the adventurous who want to get the dead skin cleaned off their hands! You can walk over, under and alongside all marine life that come from various locations around the world.
Below is the last exhibit you will see when walking out, and its a popular one, so be prepared to stop although your feet may be longing to rest as you ride up the escalator, take the time to look at these beautiful and animated Penguins.
So below are some more photos, I would really recommend visiting while in Seoul. There was another large aquarium in Busan, however, I felt that once I had visted COEX, I had seen it all. Overall I think it was a good experience, a little more english would have been helpful, however thankfully I had a Korean friend with the patients to interpret for me.