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— Daejeon, South Korea
Completed in 2021

Breaking new ground, this project sets a new standard for public aquariums in South Korea.

Spread over 6,362 square meters in the Shinsegae owned Daejeon Expo Science Complex, the Daejeon Aquarium is set to be a major attraction for Daejeon. Occupying two floors, and with an entrance from the ground floor level to the exhibit level transiting through an aquarium tank, this will be unlike any other aquarium in South Korea.

Daejeon Aquarium’s seven different thematic zones offer a comprehensive experience from rainforest to river delta to the abyssal depths. With differing environments accurately replicated, visitors can be transported between the likes of the Amazon rainforest, Mekong Delta, Korean coast, kelp forest, and deep ocean.

A 94-meter-long underwater tunnel with panoramic views offers a fully immersive experience as visitors’ journey through the predator zone, into the kelp forest, and finally into the pelagic zone.

Featuring the world first predator tank, visitors are offered a 360° view of the world’s predator species such as trevally, snapper, yellowtail kingfish, giant grouper, bronze whaler sharks, hammerhead sharks, sunfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, pilot fish, remoras, giant barracuda, moonfish and batfish.

Daejeon Aquarium will serve as an important learning centre for the study of marine life and biology with aquaculture rehabilitation, coral reef research, and a coastal ecology development program.

With the initial concept design approved, we look forward to seeing this project come to life in Daejeon.

Total building area

6,362 m2

Tunnel length

94 meters

Volume of panorama tank

1,660 m3

Volume of main tank

3,550 m3


  • Concept design
  • Architectural design
  • Specialist technical design
  • Interior design
  • Exhibit design
  • Visual communication design