July 09, 2012 13:11
A new aquarium in Seogwipo, Jeju held a free open house period for two days on Friday and Saturday prior to the official opening this coming Friday. Aqua Planet Jeju is the largest in Asia, bigger even than the 10,400-ton Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan.
The main tank is 23 m wide and 8.5 m high, about four times larger than a normal cinema screen. The acryl window gives the effect of watching an IMAX screen.
The operators said it took two weeks just to fill up the 5,000-ton water tank with seawater. The specially made acryl window is 60 cm thick and was installed by engineers from the U.S. It cost W10 billion.
The volume of all water tanks combined is 10,800 tons, 1.5 times bigger than the aquarium at the Yeosu Expo and 3.6 times larger than the aquarium in COEX, Seoul.
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