Who says a MICE venue cannot offer a fun day out for tourists and families?
South Korea's Suwon MICE Complex is now home to sharks, jellyfish and penguins, following the recent completion of its last arm, the Aqua Planet Gwanggyo aquarium.
The aquarium covers 6,500 sqm and is split into nine zones, home to 210 different types of sea creatures, including a sand tiger shark, otters and penguins. The ‘Ocean in the City’ attraction is the aquarium’s largest tank, where visitors can see a variety of sharks as well as a two-metre black manta ray.
Visitors can explore the various experience zones including Jellyfish World, Penguin Village, Crab Island, and enjoy special performances throughout the year, including the ‘Aqua Music Show’ and ‘Aqua Art show’.
The kid-friendly playground and Penguin Village are located at the second basement floor. Photo Credit: Aqua Planet Gwanggyo aquarium.
In light of the pandemic, a city representative has noted that the venue will "maintain strict social distancing and prevention measures for operation," with thorough sanitisation procedures conducted twice a day, temperature checks prior to entering the facilities, and enforcing of social distancing guidelines for visitors.
Along with the aquarium, the multi-purpose complex includes accommodation at Courtyard Marriott Suwon hotel, retail options at Galleria Gwanggyo Department Store, three office blocks that flank the river-fronting area, and the Suwon Convention Center, which opened in early 2019.
Suwon MICE Complex is located about an hour's drive from Incheon International Airport, while a direct subway line connects to South Korea's downtown Gangnam area in 30 minutes.