COEX Center
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Coex complex is one of the most popular tourist destination located in downtown area of Seoul. Asia's biggest underground shopping mall (Coex Mall), Duty-free shop, Department Store, Casino, Book Store, Kimchi Musem, Traditional Buddist Temple, Cinema, Musical Theater and other facilities and amenities designed to provide memorable tourist experience are all located in one place, Coex complex.
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The area
Neighborhood: Samseongdong / COEX
A large business hub, Samseongdong is anchored by Korea’s World Trade Center, where many important business exhibitions and meetings are held. The enormous COEX mall sprawls underground, providing a myriad of things to do and see, including a large aquarium and movie theater. For a bit of peace and zen, head over to the ornate Bongeunsa Temple which is one of Korea’s most important places of worship. Or take a stroll nearby through the tranquil royal burial grounds of Seonjeongneung, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there
  • Bongeunsa • 3 min walk
  • Samseong Jungang • 9 min walk
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QZOCK
Seattle, WA282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The best thing for me at Co-EX is the airline check in counter. Drag your baggage to the airport check in annex at Co-Ex. Done. You get a boarding pass, get rid of your baggage - all you have to do is drag your a** to the airport and off you go.
This the most convenient thing I've ever seen in my life.
Make sure you have ample time on the weekends if you intend to take a taxi, limousine bus, or friend driving to Inchon or Gimpo - traffic out of Gangnam area could get interesting - consider taking the train (subway).
The mall has numerous eateries, and department stores. You can spend days there (which we did). Various attractions have their own reviews, so scan through them. You can easily find the gems in those reviews.
Written October 15, 2019
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OISEAU_K
Seoul, South Korea1,646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
it is complex mall and quite spacious place. you can also find 16 halls mega cinema, big department store, big bookstore, many shops where you buy everything, full of resto, cafeteria. mall is basement, 1st floor is exhibition halls. you can also have a look at those exhibitions.
Written April 28, 2012
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Anthony Cordato
Sydney, Australia2,085 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Coex Seoul is a massive, cavernous conference center situated on the south side of the Han River. Underneath is Stanfield
Written February 29, 2020
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MFWONDERS
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
A bit far from Center seoul. But it offers many shops selections and korean brands. Reasonable prices as well.
Written January 3, 2020
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ThereseTheTraveller
Oslo, Norway310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We stayed at the COEX hotel so we took a trip underground to the shopping center. Cool gift shops and strange food, but otherwise just another shopping mall. I attached some photos
Written September 10, 2017
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tanchinhui
Singapore, Singapore68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
We visited this place multiple in the past and after the last round of renovations few years back, we decided to re-visit this time round.
Besides the aquarium, this used to be a location of variety of small and large shops, food and items you can find probably elsewhere can be found here.
It is now a glam map, with numerous "anchor" style stores but an empty feeling like "just another mall - just larger".

A pity the renovation went the other way.
Written May 24, 2017
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JaliceAZ
Seattle, WA82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely nothing special here. Just one among many expensive shopping centers in Seoul. Pass it up and visit Bongeunsa across the street instead.
Written September 19, 2012
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BelindaT
112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
This is a huge complex comprising of offices, eateries and retail outlets.

The food at the food court is pretty okay and price is slightly more expensive. Some eateries in COEX is pretty reasonably priced given the portion served.

There is a huge bookshop called Bundi and Lund which is worth checking out. Korean books mostly but there is a good selection of English books and magazines as well. A place to get some stationery as well.

You may catch a movie at the cinema in the mall or pop by the aquarium.

The place is properly signed, so no worries about getting lost. Information boards are all around.
Written October 31, 2011
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Faismoh
Lagos, Nigeria214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
The business I had in Seoul was at the World Trade Center Seoul located at the COEX so I was there everyday for 10 days and visited every facility located there.
I’m particularly impressed with the Airline check in available there though it’s restricted in terms of airlines served. The Underground Starfield Mall is impressive and offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. There’s a good library located within the Mall. The Bongeunsa Temple is located just opposite the Mall. There’s also the “Gangnam Style Hand” that offers a great photo opportunity. It’s definitely worth a visit
Written November 27, 2019
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995valeryv
Makati, Philippines62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
This venue was very near the hotel I stayed in while visiting Seoul last year. I found it a bit hard to imagine that a mall is sharing the same building as that of the convention center. Despite of its huge size, I found it easy to explore this place, wherein I got lost looking for the convention center. I managed to find it after about 3 minutes - I realized one has to take about 2 floors up to find the convention center as the street level of this place is the mall.
After that small incident, I found it easy to navigate this place and marveled at how this building has varied designs and architecture. I especially like the garden design I saw in one part of this place.
Written April 23, 2019
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