DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —Daniel Har­tanto

Seoul’s su­per-tall tower; the lat­est Ginza mall; jun­gle at­trac­tions at a Pe­nang Hill eco-park.

Thanks to the re­cently opened Lotte World Tower, Seoul now lays claim to hav­ing the world’s fifth­tallest build­ing. This 555-me­ter-high be­he­moth is the lat­est ad­di­tion to a mega- devel­op­ment on the south bank of the Han River that in­cludes shop­ping malls, a five- star ho­tel, two ar­ti­fi­cial lakes, and the world’s largest in­door theme park. Dubai’s Burj Khal­ifa may still hold the cov­eted ti­tle when it comes to over­all height, but the Korean gi­ant is still record­break­ing in other ways: sight­seers are whisked from the base­ment to the 121st floor in 60 sec­onds flat, via the tallest and fastest dou­ble- decker el­e­va­tors on the planet. Here, the pub­lic ob­ser­va­tory is aptly named Seoul Sky, with a glass floor on level 118 pro­vid­ing a rush of adrenalin for more ad­ven­tur­ous souls. Apart from its im­mense height, the land­mark’s out­ward ap­pear­ance is ev­ery bit as strik­ing as the view from within— Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­tural firm Kohn Ped­er­sen Fox cited tra­di­tional Korean ce­ram­ics as the main inspiration for its slen­der, ta­pered form ( lwt.co.kr).

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