Just within throwing distance from Haeundae Beach, one should not miss visiting Busan Aquarium when traveling in Busan. For a 16,000-won entrance fee for adults, you can get a glimpse of more than 35,000 marine animals displayed inside the underwater world. As a joint project between Busan local government and Living and Leisure Australia, it is the first major tourism infrastructure established with the local government under the law of Private Investment Promotion of Infrastructure.
Busan Aquarium is regarded as one of the top aquariums in Korea, complete with state-of-the-art facilities and a wide collection of fish, reptiles, amphibians and algae. The ocean aquarium covers a total floor space of nearly 13000 square meters on the ground floor and three underground levels. On the ground level, it consists of a wide parking facility and an outdoor park. The first level features a souvenir shop and a number of themed restaurants, a simulator and a lounge. The second and third levels display the various exhibits. In addition, the third level has an 80-meter seabed tunnel. Along the dark tunnel, it feels like walking along the ocean floor while looking at various marine life swimming above.
The underwater park contains 3000 tons of water and has 40 themed aquariums including a seven meter tall coral tank and other big and small tanks, an underwater tunnel, a touch pool with advanced entertainment facilities where you can experience underwater creatures and other special exhibits. The 40 themed aquariums consist of 400 species that include otters, penguins, piranha, jellyfishes, and others, all sorted according to particular places of the world. The huge aquarium offers a combination of entertainment and education that delights its guests and provides an unforgettable experience. Walking along the various aquariums, you will encounter different interesting sea creatures such as a 2.7 meter Grey Nurse Shark, the noxious lionfish, Pacific Grand Octopus, parrot fish, puffer fish, sea dragons, snappers, sea horses, trigger fish and stonefish.
At the touch pool, you will be delighted to touch directly an actual sea cucumber, starfish, sea urchin, shellfish, etc. In addition, you can witness a feeding show where divers feed the fish and give a lecture under the water. These entertainment shows are another great amusement to the visitors. Busan Aquarium is adjacent many other touristy spots in Busan, which include Dalmaji Hill for a panoramic view of Haeundae Beach, Yong Gung Temple, Song-Jong Beach, Gwang-An Beach, Oryukdo and Dongbaek Island, which was the site of the 2005 APEC Conference, Busan International Yachting Center, Busan City Art Center and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center. The place is also popular for different exciting festivals, including the Pusan International Film Festival, Jagalchi Fish Market Festival and Sea Festival. To access Busan Aquarium, head to the Busan Subway Line 2 going to the Haeundae Beach station. Go to one of the two exits on through Haeundae Beach and walk until get into the beach. Upon reaching the sand portion, turn right and walk about 200 to 250 meters along the shoreline until you see the ocean park.