Set in the huge underground COEX Mall, the COEX Aquarium features nearly 100 exhibit tanks, spread across 16 themed zones, including the Deep Blue Sea Tunnel, Garden of Jellyfish, and Penguin’s Playground. The Marine Touch zone offers visitors of all ages the chance to make personal contact with baby sea creatures.
bThe COEX Aquarium is one of Seoul’s top wildlife attractions, as it is home to the most diverse aquarium collection in the country. Admission to the aquarium includes access to all 16 themed areas, as well as the Mermaid Performance in Deep Blue Square. Manatee, shark, seal, penguin, and otter feedings let visitors observe animal behavior and learn from aquarium keepers. Book tickets online to save time; online discounts may also be available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The aquarium is a must-see for animal lovers and families traveling with kids.
- Give yourself about 90 minutes to explore the aquarium.
- The aquarium is wheelchair accessible, and strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent at the COEX Mall service counter.
How to Get There
The COEX Mall is located along subway line 2, underneath the COEX Convention and Exhibition Centre and near the greater South Korean World Trade Center complex. The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Bongeunsa Station (line 9) or Samsung Station (line 2). Several public buses also stop nearby.
When to Get There
The COEX Aquarium is open year-round, with extended hours on Saturday and holidays. Because the aquarium is indoors and climate-controlled, it’s a good option for a hot summer afternoon or cold winter day. Plan to arrive early on a weekday to avoid crowds.
Situated in the heart of Seoul’s Gangnam district, the COEX Mall underwent a large-scale renovation in 2014 to make it one of the largest shopping centers in Asia. Besides the aquarium, the mall is also home to SMTOWN and its hologram theater, a 17-screen cinema, and the Kimchi Museum.