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Full-Day Tour of Gyeongbok Palace and Gangnam City
"You will meet your guide the guide at your hotel lobby in the morning. Hop on a bus and head over to Jogyesa the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism becoming so in 1936. It plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. Next you will visit Gyeongbokgung Palace (or Changdeok Palace on Tuesday) arguably the most beautiful and the grandest of all five palaces. In the early 20th century much of the palace was systematically destroyed by Imperial Japan. Since then the walled palace complex has gradually been reconstructed to its original form. It also houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises of the complex. You will have a chance to explore the National Folk known as Cheong Wa Dae
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Gangnam District Tour in Seoul Including COEX Aquarium and Han River Cruise
"After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the afternoon you’ll be taken south to the Gangnam District of Southern Seoul. Your first stop is the COEX Aquarium one of South Korea's largest aquariums featuring more than 40000 animals. Follow your guide through the aquarium and experience 90 exhibition tanks grouped in 14 ‘discover zones’ including six themed areas. You’ll be amazed by the 600 species of fish!After your aquarium tour you’ll be taken to the Han River for a relaxing cruise -- the best way to view Seoul’s bustling riverfront areas. Enjoy music and views of the waterfront buildings glistening on the water as you pass under many of the city’s 27 bridges and spot landmarks a Buddhist temple offering a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore the temple’s shrines and halls with your guide and see its decorative symbols and artwork representing Buddhist principles and ideas. Soak up the calm atmo
From $70.00
Full-Day Gangnam City Highlights Tour with Lunch
"First meet up with the guide at your hotel lobby between 9am to 9:30am depending on your hotel location. Hop on a bus and head over to Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs where you can find the burial sites of two Joseon kings and one Joseon queen. Next visit Bongeunsa Temple which was constructed in the 10th year of the Shilla King Weongseong’s reign (794). Bongeunsa Temple is located to the north of the COEX building and was transferred to its current location during Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign from the royal Maulsoleum (1km South-West of its current location).In order to recuperate lunch will be provided which typically is seasonal local food. Due to Korea's dramatic weather change and 4-different seasons the lunch changes by the month! For the next stop head over to the COEX Aquarium
From $75.00

Coex Mall Tips (13)

COEX Shopping

COEX Mall (코엑스몰) is an underground shopping in Gangnam, Seoul. The cinema, the aquarium and the Kimchi Field Museum are famous. The open air area are often use for promotional events.

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Jun 04, 2012


COEX Mall has aquarium for those marine life lovers. This is huge being greatest theme aquarium in Korea. There's a tunnel with automatic walkway to view the diverse marine life including sharks. Educational concept is adopted wherein they developed "Lectures at Sea" for a learning & entertaining experience.

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Oct 03, 2010


COEX Mall is really huge. It has duty free, aquarium, restos, shops as well as convention facilities. More LV bags to choose from than in Lotte World branch. It also has excellent food court. Intercontinental Hotel is also within this complex beside the casino. There's also Hyundai Dept Store. This is the World Trade Center of Seoul.

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Oct 03, 2010

Seoul for your Kids

If every one of you will go to Seoul with yours kids. One of the places you should visit is "COEX Mall". It is an underground shopping mall located in the Gangnam-gu of Seoul, South Korea, and is the largest shopping center in Seoul enclosed for all-weather fun. There is the usual shopping, and a food court with both Korean and “Western” food (pizza, burgers). There are interesting aquariums to explore at the COEX Mall. The aquarium is themed, meaning you explore different zones. For avoiding crowds I suggest you should go there in weekday. The place has a huge shark tank, different kinds of tropical fish. You can take Green subway line to SAMSUNG station. If you follow Korean word exit signs correctly, you get up into the mall without even going outside.

Nov 11, 2008
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Largest Underground Mall in Seoul

Yes, you may get lost in this maze of a shopping centre. But there are so many information booths manned (more like "Womanned") by the helpful ladies, directing and giving you the information you need. Its best to get a map of all the stores in the shopping centre.

A little warning tho' , the prices here are a bit on the high side. Its not as cheap as Dondaemun and the other places and you definitely cannot bargain.

What to look out for :
(1) the Megabox Cinema ~ its huge
(2) the aquarium (cost about 15000 Won per adult but its worth it)
(3) a huge stationery warehouse!
(4) the bookstore (too bad most of the books are in korean)

Well if this is not your cup of tea, there is always the The War Memorial

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Oct 20, 2006


It was a rainy day and for some reason we really wanted to see a movie. We took the subway to the COEX Mall. People here dress up to go to the mall! The mall itself was huge. We found the movie theatre and bought tickets for Million Dollar Baby. The seats are assigned. Fortunately for us the movie was in English with Korean subtitles.

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May 23, 2006

lots of shopping and mediocre restaurants

Coex is a very crowded, young, hip place to hang out at - it is basically an underground complex of shops, cafes, a biiig movie theater, and restaurants (the last of which i find mediocre). The prices really aren't that great, but it does have modern stuff. It's mostly about the hanging out.

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Jul 06, 2005


COEX Mall is an integrated shopping, culture, education, and leisure complex in the heart of Seoul.

Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) and World Trade Tower is connected to the Samseong subway station (line 2.

The area has underground dining, shopping, and family entertainment facilities.

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Formerly called the Korea Exhibition Center, the COEX. It was open in 1979,Since then, it has hosted numerous international conventions and exhibitions. Over 150 exhibitions, conventions, and special events are held at the COEX each year. In its spacious exhibition halls and various meeting rooms, the COEX accommodates everything from small company size conferences to world- class summit meetings and international conventions.
With Korea's best facilities and equipment for meeting and exhibitions, the COEX boasts its "state-of-the-art" simultaneous interpretation systems, audio-visual systems,
lighting capabilities, electrical infrastructure,
and telecommunications systems installed in all meeting rooms and exhibition halls.

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Jan 27, 2005


Seoul's Convention & Exhibition Center offers far more than its convention halls.
There is a giant underground shopping mall, where you can literally spend days wihout being able to see everything and without the need to go outside, including dozens of restaurants, one of Seoul's most popular movie theatres (Megabox) as well as an aquarium, that displays all kind of fish above and beneath your walking path.
It's maybe not the best place to shop (in terms of price) but it's definitely an experience just to go down there. If you are able to find your way through without getting lost, you can be proud of yourself.

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Jan 08, 2005

COEX Aquarium

My Korean is still kind of questionable, so there are either 600 types of fish here or there is a really expensive door fee. Since I didn't pay that much to get in, I am going to go with the first one. There is a lot of fish! A lot more than 600 total. It is a very cool aquarium though, much better than my local one in Cincinnati.

Kids will love the shark tanks, parents will wonder just how thick the glass is. And Jellyfish have never looked creepier!

The museum is open 365 days a year rain or shine from 10am to 8pm.

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May 28, 2004

And there is a big...

And there is a big entertainment center. It is 'COEX MALL' which is underground mall of Korean Trade Center and ASEM Tower in Samsung-dong.
There are many restaurants, Multiplex, Huge Aquarium, Disco bars, Gameworks, Kimchi museum and so on and on...

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Sep 07, 2002

Things to Do Near Coex Mall

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Coex Aquarium

Located on the far (northern) side of CoEx mall, near the movie theater. This is the largest aquarium in South Korea, with over 650 different species of fish, mammals, and the odd reptile. Some very...
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Apgujeong Rodeo Street

Apujeong Rodeo Street is a 20-min walk from the nearest subway, Apgujeong Station. Better to take a taxi if you're not up to it. Landmark will be Galleria Dept. Store, a posh place to hang around with...
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Lotte World

Lotte World, in addition to an outdoor amusement park, a mall, a Korean folk village, an indoor ice rink, and a lake, boasts the largest indoor amusement park in the world. The park opened in 1989...
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Han River & Hangang Park

The Hangang, or Han River, divides old Seoul to the north from new Seoul to the south (Gangnam on the south side of the river literally translates to "south river"). Along the Han River rest a series...
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Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

This is a private museum located near Itaewon. There are 3 museum buildings, all very architecturally cool. Every piece of artwork has audio description so be sure to get the audio guide. What is...
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Itaewon Tourist Zone

The Itaewon province looks like a "happening" place. I went during the day but I get the feeling it's hopping at night. Please see my Itaewon travelogue album on my Seoul page for more details and...
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Getting to Coex Mall


513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong,Gangnam-gu, Seoul


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