Aqua Planet at the Yeosu Expo site is the biggest aquarium in Korea. Built by Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp., this four-story 16,400 square meter aquarium is bigger than COEX Aquarium and Busan Aquarium.
Aqua Planet is divided into three parts: Coastal Life, Marine Life, and the Eco-Terrarium. In the Coastal Life zone, visitors can see rare ocean animals such as Beluga whales, Baikal seals, and sea dragons.
In the Eco-Terrarium zone, visitors can see rare South American freshwater fishes such as pirarucus and piranhas. Also called Aqua Forest, this section is beautifully constructed to mimic the Amazon jungle.
Besides observing different fresh water species in their tanks, visitors can also have hands-on experience.
For me, an aquarium is not complete without jellyfish and Aqua Planet boasts of having the biggest jellyfish tank in Korea. The tank was separated from the others in a dark room with only the color-changing lights illuminating and enhancing the beautiful jellyfish.
The Marine Life zone has a 6,000 ton tank that features the country’s first “dome aquarium”. This main tank can be viewed in many different ways including a 360-degree view of the underwater environment.
Aqua Planet is said to have 280 species and about 30,000 marine animals. Though it is the biggest aquarium in terms of area, I find that it doesn’t have as much biodiversity as other aquariums I’ve been to in Korea.
Nevertheless, it is a must-see if you’re in the area. This facility will remain after the Yeosu Expo ends on August 12. During the Expo, entry to Aqua Planet is included in your day pass. For operating hours and other information, call the Expo hotline 1577-2012.
Do you like visiting aquariums? If so, what creatures do you like seeing?