Standing at 555.7 meters, Lotte World Tower, Korea's first supertall skyscraper, is by far the tallest building in Korea and one of the tallest in the surrounding East Asian region. It has a total of 123 floors, filled with retail space, offices, luxury apartments, a six-star hotel, and an observation deck with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city, and has quickly become a Seoul landmark. An American architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox, designed the tower, which draws from the forms of traditional Korean ceramics and calligraphy, rises in a sleek, tapered profile that contrasts with the city’s mountainous topography. The tower took just over six years to construct, breaking ground in February 2011 and finally opening to the public on April 4th, 2017, which was accompanied by massive fireworks shot from the tower.
The bottom floors of the tower are home to a massive interconnected complex that takes up an entire city block which includes the Avenuel luxury shopping center, a Lotte Duty-Free Shop for foreign tourists, Lotte Shopping Mall, HiMart, as well as a concert hall, art gallery, aquarium and movie theater. All of these places are interconnected by underground walkways and pedestrian bridges. The bottom floors of the Lotte World Tower itself are home to Podium, a one-stop arts and lifestyle center that houses the Lotte Museum of Art, health care and aesthetic clinics, and financial consulting services.
From there on up, Lotte Tower is home to fourteen floors of premium office space, luxury condominium apartments, the Signiel Hotel, Korea's only six-star luxury hotel, exclusive VVIP office space, and finally the SeoulSky Observation Deck, the highest in Korea. From the observation deck, you can take in an incredible panoramic view of Seoul, and walk along the Sky Deck, located at 478m, which holds the Guinness World Record as the highest glass-floored observatory in the world. A walk along this part of the observatory will have you feeling like you're floating amongst the clouds.
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300 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea Lotte World Tower
Take Line 2 to Jamsil Station. There is an underground passageway between Exits 1 & 2 that leads directly to Lotte Tower