VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he hopes a new oceanarium located on Russky Island will become a center of international cooperation.
"I want to thank President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe for their participation in the oceanarium opening," Putin said during a tour of the Primorye Oceanarium on the sidelines of an international economic forum.
"I hope that it will become the center of international cooperation," he added.
He said all the information in the oceanarium will be provided not only in the Russian, Chinese and English languages, but also in Japanese and Korean.
The Russian president also said he hoped that the Primorye Oceanarium would become one of the world's largest facilities of its kind.
The oceanarium's main building houses display aquariums with a total capacity of 10,000 cubic meters, themed installations, a 70-meter-long underwater tunnel with a moving track, a dolphinarium, and a dolphin therapy department.
The complex, with a total area of about 35,000 square meters, will include more than 500 species of marine and freshwater animals.
Park and Abe joined 2,500 guests and investors from 28 countries to attend the second Eastern Economic Forum, which opened Friday in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.