Daegu's Shinsegae Mall has it all: Alive Aquarium

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

The only aquarium in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province is located on the 9th floor of Daegu Shinsegae Department Store.

 

Being located in a shopping mall limits the amount of space for the aquarium. It’s not as big as parks you’ll find in other countries, but what’s inside will definitely satisfy.

 

The aquarium features Deagu’s first 2,000-ton water tank and is composed of four zones with different themes. You can enjoy the beautiful view of a fish tank and over 200 types of marine life and animals. You can also get a look at the fish in the tank as you cross a twine bridge. The aquarium also offers various shows at the main fish tank every couple of hours, so don’t forget to check the schedule at the entrance.

 

There is also a little play area for kids to enjoy arts and crafts, as well as areas where they can feed otters, prairie dogs, parrots and carp.

 

What interested me the most was the parrot hut where you can buy bird seed (1,000 won) and watch cute little parrots fly right up to your hands. It was quite a unique and interesting experience.

 

When I stepped out of the parrot hut, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was impressed to find dozens of meerkats standing up. One brave meerkat actually tried to snatch my camera with its small hands. It was like being a little kid again.

 

For me personally, it was a great experience that included finally getting to see the Korean spotted seal.

 

After you finish looking around the mall, I recommend checking out the aquarium, especially if you have children. Or, even if you’re an adult like me.

 

How to get there

 

Car

Camp Humphreys → Daegu Shinsegae Department Store ( 2hrs 50min)

Osan Air Base→ Daegu Shinsegae Department Store (3hrs)

 

Train

Jije Station (Pyeongtaek) → Dongdaegu Station

SRT (express train): 1hrs 20min (29,900 won) 

(The mall shares its building with Dongdaegu station, so you can’t miss it!) 

 

Subway

Departing from other areas in Daegu (Line No.1) → Dongdaegu Station → Exit1 →Shinsegae Mall B1F

(There is direct underground access to the Shinsegae Mall B1F from Exit 1) 

 

On-site validated parking also available.

Hours:  11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Aquarium 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

Location: Connected to Dongdaegu Station (Line2) 

Address: 149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu

 

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