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.
Along with the aquarium, the multi-purpose complex includes the Suwon Convention Center, which opened in early 2019, Courtyard Marriott Suwon hotel, Galleria Gwanggyo Department Store, and three office blocks that flank the river-fronting area.
The city expects the venue to be "a representative attraction and MICE complex of the southern Gyeonggi region".
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.
Delegates 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’.
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.
The Suwon Convention Center offers a 7,877-sqm exhibition hall, convention and meeting hall which can hold up to 2,916 pax theatre style, and an event hall for up to 256 pax.
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.