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COEX Center

#103 of 734 things to do in Seoul
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Samseongdong / COEX
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Address: 159 Samseong 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Coex complex is one of the most popular tourist destination located in...

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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All in one shopping experience at Coex Center

There is a post office, Intercontinental Hotel, shops and food court...etc inside Coex and I was there by subway. Stayed warm with the indoor shopping.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
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Burbank, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Korea's largest exhibition venue, many exhibition halls, a convention center and meeting rooms. There are other additional facilities, including a hotel, casino, underground shopping mall, museums and an aquarium. Subway Line 2, Samseong Station

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

There is a post office, Intercontinental Hotel, shops and food court...etc inside Coex and I was there by subway. Stayed warm with the indoor shopping.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Coex has been renovated a few years ago and now I have mixed feelings. In the past, it was way easier to navigate around and shop while avoiding the hot or cold weather outside. I like how it is much cleaner and modern but the layout is much more confusing than it used to be. The first time I visited... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Wear walking shoes and be prepared to get lost and be told by the information to go in clock directions. Go straight at one o'clock for your escalator. It's been bought over by Shinsegae group and renamed the Starfield COEX but still an awful concept in planning. You need to spend 50,000 won to get an hour of parking. It's... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I have been to a lot of large malls in my time, including the Dubai Mall, but this labyrinth is a confusing hodge podge of hallways lined with stores, without any apparent structure or thought given to it. It is worse than IKEA for getting lost. The food court is a joke and embarrasingly small for such a large mall.... More 

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Suwon, South Korea
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

really confusing to walk around this place. nice shops just confusing though. really easy to get to. large movie theater near by as well.

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Penrith, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Great place to eat, shop and soak up the Korean atmosphere and hospitality. Certainly worthy of a visit

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Brooklyn, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Although this convention center is shiny clean and well-located near the Seoul Station City Airport Terminal, where one can take an express bus from the international airport and even check-in on your departure day, I found its whole layout of the Coex convention center to be terribly confusing. My co-convention attenders were similarly confused and often lost, and often late... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

alot of famous shops and restaurant near grand intercontinental hotel recommend to go there and enjoy

Thank 706khaled
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

You have everything there including a 5 star hotel, all restaurants, conference centre, shops, aquarium and movie hall. Located at Samseong metro station on green line. Another metro station on new line 9 also is close. Opposite to this COEX centre, there is a good and famous Buddhist temple. A must visit place...

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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.
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