Meet the neighbours – COEX

Actually, not quite a neighbour since it’s a couple of subway stops away…but don’t miss it!


COEX is a sprawling complex of shopping, hotels, convention centre, aquarium, cinemas and restaurants filling more than 170,000 square meters of prime Gangnam real estate, making it by far Asia’s largest shopping mall.

Visited by an average of 140,000 people per day (blowing out to a staggering 250,000 each Saturday and Sunday), COEX is certainly not a place to come for a little solitude, but it really is Korea’s top destination for window shopping, wandering, expensive shopping and latte-sipping. 

COEX is also home to a huge convention centre, which hosts a huge number of shows and exhibitions during the year.  Some are quite cool and well worth a look, others ( “The Annual Public Service Fair” ) might be less riveting.

COEX is serviced by the Semseong Station on Line 2, making it an easy 5 or 6 minute trip from Lexis Korea.

Hint:  COEX is home to the City Air Terminal – you can check your bags and even clear customs control here and then head out to the airport at your leisure by Limousine Bus.  This makes COEX the perfect place to spend that last day after you’ve checked out of your accommodation and have an afternoon to kill before your flight.

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