World’s 5th Tallest Building Opens in South Korea
The fifth-tallest building in the world, the Lotte World Tower, has opened in Seoul, South Korea.
The event was celebrated in a ceremony with a fireworks display that lit up the building and the sky.
The 123-story glass and steel structure is South Korea's tallest building. It rises 555 meters above the Seoul skyline.
The tower features the world's highest floor made of glass. From this observation area, visitors can look straight down to the busy traffic about one-half kilometer below.
The building also has the highest swimming pool in the world, as well as the world's fastest elevator. The elevator can reportedly take passengers to the top of the building in just one minute.
The Lotte World Tower houses offices, personal residences and a seven-star hotel. The top 10 floors are used for public events and entertainment, including the observation deck and a rooftop restaurant. Attached is a large complex with a shopping mall, aquarium, movie theater, music hall and amusement park.
The launch came during a troubled time for the Lotte Group, which is known for its international chain of supermarkets. The group's chairman and some of his family members recently went on trial for fraud and other charges.
Lotte has also faced problems in China, where the government reportedly retaliated against it for providing land in South Korea for the U.S.-built THAAD anti-missile system.
The building was designed by American architecture company Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). It cost about $3.6 billion to build.
The company said the design combines "a modern aesthetic with forms inspired by the historic Korean arts of ceramics, porcelain and calligraphy."
KPF also designed the building that used to be South Korea's tallest building - Northeast Asia Trade Tower – which opened in the city of Incheon in 2014.
Below is a list of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world.
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1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 828 meters.
2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China, 632 meters.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 601 meters.
4. Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen, China, 599 meters.
5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea, 555 meters.
6. One World Trade Center, New York City, 541 meters.
7. CTF Finance Center, Guangzhou, China, 530 meters.
8. Taipei 101, Taiwan, China, 508 meters.
9. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China, 492 meters.
10. International Commerce Center, Hong Kong, China, 484 meters.
1.modern aesthetic 现代美学
The clients for this project were a young family with a very modern aesthetic.
2.fireworks display 烟花汇演
The most pleasurable experience of the evening was the wonderful fireworks display.
3.anti-missile system 反导系统
The anti-missile system has covered Poland, Romania, Turkey and Spain.
4.lit up 点亮
The night sky was lit up by flashes of light.
1.The building also has the highest swimming pool in the world, as well as the world's fastest elevator.
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2.The group's chairman and some of his family members recently went on trial for fraud and other charges.
went on trial 接受审判
On Monday, nine people - including a husband and wife - went on trial for allegedly trading and selling tainted additives.
The parents of an 18-month-old girl are set to go on trial soon, charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment.
塔楼拥有全球最高的玻璃地板 。游客可在此俯视下方500米的车水马龙 。
这栋建筑还拥有全球最高的游泳池和全球最快的电梯 。据悉，这部电梯一分钟内可将乘客送达楼顶 。
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