CONTRIBUTED BY AMY HICKERSON
A new aquarium in Seoul? With a son who is obsessed with sharks and other ocean creatures (his first word was fish…not mom, not dad: FISH), I knew I had to take him as soon as I heard about it!
As it happened, right after it opened the kids had a loooong 6 day weekend over Veterans Day so I knew one of the weekdays would be perfect. We try to avoid enclosed attractions like that on weekends – too crowded!
I feel I need to clarify here that this aquarium is NOT in the same mall as Lotte World. It is at the same subway station, but a different exit and a different mall. When I first heard about it, I assumed it was in the same mall, but it is not. One huge mall at this subway station was apparently not enough!
A friend and I set off in the morning around 9 headed to Jamsil subway station. The new mall is located at exit 1 or 2, with an underground subway entrance that looks like this right between exits 1 & 2:
If you catch the trains right as you get to the station like we did, and make great time which puts you here before 10, don’t worry if you arrive and there is a gate over this door. You can also get into the mall at ground level. We went upstairs and found our way in around the back of the building on the left.
As an added bonus, if you can make it to the aquarium before November 30th you DO want to go upstairs to the ground level and around to the left, because there is a really fun character balloon display there right now.
Once inside the massive new mall, follow signs to the aquarium or ask one of the attendants, who are very helpful!
We made it! Here is the front entrance! The three “pictures” on the right of the door are self-service ticket vending machines, which we used and are very user friendly (they have an English option). Ticket prices are: 29,000Won for adults and 25,000W for children. The friend I was with has 11-month-old twins, and they were free.
You will also see the gift shop right by the front entrance. You can go in here separately, but it’s better to wait if you are going to go through the aquarium; you exit the aquarium through this shop.
Once inside the aquarium take your time and enjoy the exhibits. There is much to see, with a lot of bright colors and different types of ocean creatures.
One of the highlights for my friend and me (well, for our kids!) was the touch area. There was a cute little tunnel that her babies loved crawling through, and right beside that were two touch tanks that my son loved. He even got to bottle feed fish! We spent a lot of time in this section.
Once we left the touch area, we headed downstairs to the other level of the aquarium. Right away, there is another activity area for children. We skipped this because hers were too little and mine was too old. Here is a photo though:
In this lower section, the big attractions are the two huge tanks of ocean life, including Beluga whales.
After this section, we thought we had reached the end, but surprise! One last exhibit: the penguins! And another little play area.
So, was it worth it? We thought so! Especially if your kids really love seeing the fish. And you may have noticed the absence of crowds in several of my photos; a weekday morning is optimal. Our group practically had the place to ourselves.
Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: Dasan Call Center +82-2-120
Address: 30 Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Google Maps Coordinates: 37.513017, 127.105235
Nearest Subway Station: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8), Exit 1