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Aqua Planet Gwanggyo aquarium opens in South Korea

South Korea’s Suwon MICE Complex has welcomed a new addition, an aquarium called Hanwha Aqua Planet Gwanggyo.

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The opening of Hanwha Aqua Planet Gwanggyo marks the completion of the Suwon MICE Complex, located in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province.

The Suwon Convention Center opened in 2019 at Suwon MICE Complex. This was followed by the launch of the Courtyard by Marriot Suwon hotel and Galleria Gwanggyo department store in January and March 2020.

The new aquarium is the fifth offering from Aqua Planet, a chain of public aquariums in South Korea. It follows locations in Ilsan, Yeosu, Jeju and Seoul.

Hanwha Aqua Planet Gwanggyo features 30,000 animals across nine zones, including Asian small-clawed otters, green sea turtles, sand tiger sharks and Humboldt penguins.

Aqua Planet is located at Suwon MICE Complex

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The attraction also offers shows and interactive experiences, including ‘Jellyfish Lab’, ‘Ecological Experience with Otters’, ‘Penguin Village’, ‘Crab Island’ and ‘Aqua Magic Show’.

In response to COVID-19, Hanwha Aqua Planet Gwanggyo is implementing temperature checks before entry, social distancing and enhanced cleaning.

“We anticipate Aqua Planet Gwanggyo will help establish the Suwon Convention Centre as a representative attraction and MICE complex of the southern Gyeonggi region,” said a spokesperson (via The Manila Times).

“With concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will maintain strict social distancing and prevention measures for operation,” he added.

Otters, turtles and sharks at Aqua Planet Gwanggyo

Suwon MICE Complex is located an hour’s drive from Incheon International Airport.

BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums, recently called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to replace the inaccessible £100m Zoo Animals Fund.

In January, BIAZA responded to news that the government would be extending the Zoo Animals Fund by four weeks in England.

Elsewhere, Chimelong Group announced the opening of a marine science park, known as Zhuhai Chimelong Marine Science Park, in 2021.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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