Coex Mall & Aquarium

27 Nov

Gangnam Style!

This past summer, a Korean song artist, Psy, produced what would become almost an instant hit–“Gangnam Style.”  Snappy, Fast-paced, Easy to listen to, the song captured the world’s hearts and minds (literally, that song is stuck in your brain once you hear it).

As the song professes, Gangnam (a district in Seoul located on the south side of the Han River) has a life all of its own.  Well known for its particularly high level of wealth and standard of living, Gangnam is basically the Korean version of Beverly Hills or upper-class NYC.  It houses many of the financial centers of the world economy, as well as the central offices for several international companies.  Naturally, the attractions are as amazing as the rest of the area; it is definitely one of the best places to wander around if you are a visitor.

The shopping is extensive and expensive, but the best location by FAR is the Coex Mall. Coex Mall is Asia’s largest underground shopping mall spanning nearly a million square feet.  Coex boasts of 250 shopping stores, more than 800 restaurants, night clubs, record stores, banks, post offices, 2 food courts, a 17-screen movie theater, the Kimchi Field Museum, and Coex Aquarium.  It is so big you can actually get lost (I say this with experience, I ended up on the opposite side from the train station)! Stages scattered throughout the area often host various public events and celebrity visits.  Singers often perform.

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The aquarium itself is pretty amazing.  Amongst the hundreds of exhibits, it has a really awesome water-tunnel where giant sting rays and sharks swim around over top of you.  Popular amongst children and couples, it has nearly 100 exhibition tanks, 40,000 animals, and nearly 600 different aquatic species from areas spanning the Amazon Jungles to the American Prairie dogs to a penguins to a giant sea turtle.  They feed the fish daily from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., which the kids really enjoy.

Particularly fun on a rainy day, the mall and aquarium were more than I could have ever imagined.  Definitely worth the time!

Address: Coex, 159 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-731, South Korea–>This is in the World Trade Center Complex at Samseong Station (the spelling is different from the company Samsung, just sounds the same).

Phone Number: +82 – 2 – 6000-0114

Website (in English):

  1. Mall
  2. Aquarium
  3. Worth Noting: VisitKorea

Cost:

  1. Mall Free, Aquarium cost below:
  2. Adults: 19,500 KRW (approx. $18 as of 11/2012)
  3. Teen: 16, 500 KRW (approx. $15 as of 11/2012)
  4. Child: 14,000 KRW (approx. $13 as of 11/2012)

Hours: 

  1. Store: 10:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. (varies by store)
  2. Aquarium: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., 365 days a year (last entry is at 7:00 p.m.)

Directions:

  1. Give the address to a taxi (but take the orange or silver taxis, black ones are more expensive).
  2. Subway Line 2, Samseong Station, Exit 5 or 6–> Samseong has an exit that goes straight into Coex Mall, so look for the signs.  The exit should be on your left when coming off the trains. See Seoul subway map here.
  3. Other directions are here.

Special Notes: Technically, Coex is actually a complex that also includes a 5 star hotel with conference rooms, and the international trade center.  Across from the mall is Hyundai Department Store, a huge and very famous shopping area; it is probably on of the top 2 places I was recommended when asking about shopping possibilities.

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