Is making a stop at an aquarium a habit of yours when traveling? If yes, you’ll definitely enjoy in South Korea. This emerging top tourist destination is dotted with aquariums for you to explore, but, perhaps, a favorite among locals and visitors alike is Aqua Planet.
Present in four locations across the peninsula—in Seoul, Yeosu, Ilsan, and Jeju Island—this world-class chain of aquariums boasts not just state-of-the-art facilities, but also unparalleled experiences for all ages. Here are some of the ones that you just can’t miss:
Piranhas’ Meal Time
Where: Aqua Planet Yeosu
Piranhas are some of the world’s most terrifying aquatic predators; always hungry and quick to devour their prey. The sight of them enjoying their fill can be revolting, but if you’ve always wondered what mealtime is like for these vicious creatures, head on over to Aqua Planet Yeosu and witness how fast a school of starving piranhas can gnaw off all the flesh from the bones of their prey. This show may not be for the faint of heart, but is certainly worth checking out for curious minds.
Where: Aqua Planet Jeju
This attraction doubles as a cultural showcase, as it features Jeju’s “haenyo.” These “real” mermaids make a living under the sea, catching fish and other edible sea animals. Even more impressive, haenyo can stay underwater for two minutes or longer at a depth of 20 meters! Get to know why the island reveres these women and treasures their tradition, and watch a live demonstration that proves the strength and unbreakable spirit of Jeju’s female divers.
Catch A Marine-Themed Musical
Where: Aqua Planet Ilsan/Aqua Planet Jeju
Now, how about some music and dance performances to make your visit even more memorable? Aqua Planet’s Ilsan and Jeju branches stage interactive shows—complete with catchy tunes, wacky dance moves, and colorful mascots. If you’re traveling with children, they will surely love this!
Be Mesmerized By A Mermaid
Where: Aqua Planet 63
Enter the whimsical world of mermaids at Aqua Planet 63’s Mermaid Show. With 10 performances daily, this 7-minute visual extravaganza will treat you (and the kids!) to a magical glimpse of marine life. Be mesmerized as a mermaid greets you and plays with the aquarium’s friendly sea animals.
Get To Know Beluga Whales
Where: Aqua Planet Yeosu
Meet Aqua Planet Yeosu’s resident Beluga Whales! These creatures that came all the way from Russia are not just adorable, but also smart. In fact, they are known to have the intelligence of a three to four-year-old human child! See them put their wits (and huge appetite) on display during their mealtime at the Beluga Tank.
How To Get To Aqua Planet
Getting to Aqua Planet is easy! Simply follow these directions and make sure your T-Money card has been topped up if you’re visiting the facilities in Ilsan and Seoul, as you’ll be taking the Seoul subway.
Address: 95, Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Directions: Take Bus No. 910 from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal to Sinyangri Bus Stop, and then take a taxi to Aqua Planet Jeju
Address: 282, Hallyu world-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Directions: Take Seoul Subway Line 3 and hop off at Juyeop Station (Exit 4). Walk straight to the first four-way intersection and take a left. Continue walking straight until you reach the Onemount facility.
Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Directions: You have several options to reach Aqua Planet 63 via subway and free shuttle bus:
Take Seoul Subway Line 1 to Daebang Station (Exit 6), then take the free shuttle or Bus 11.
Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Yeouinaru Station (Exit 4), then walk towards the intersection. Take a left to the bus stop and take the free shuttle across Sambu APT. Alternatively, you may take Exit 1, then hop on Bus 5534, 5633, or 261.
Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Yeoido Station (Exit 5), then take the free shuttle or Bus 11 in front of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Take Seoul Subway Station 9 to Saetgang Station (Exit 1) and ride the free shuttle bus. You may also turn to Exit 3 then take bus 5633 or 5534.
Address: 61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Directions: Take a train from Yongsan Station to Yeosu-Expo Station. From the exit, walk for 10-15 minutes to Aqua Planet Yeosu. Another way to reach the aquarium is to take a bus bound for Yeosu from Seoul Express Bus Terminal. Then take Bus No. 111 at the bus stop in front of the terminal and alight at Yeosu High School Bus Stop.
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