|This noble lady will be pleased to greet you in the 63 Building at night - with her lethal claws.|
The 63 Building (Hangul: 63빌딩 or 육삼빌딩/Yook-sam Building), officially the Hanhwa 63 City, is a skyscraper on Yeouido Island, Seoul Yeongdeungpo-gu, overlooking the Han River. It was designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM LLP). At 249 meters (817 ft) high, it was the tallest building outside North America when it opened in July 1985, and remains the tallest gold-cladded structure in the world. It stood as South Korea's tallest building until the Hyperion Tower surpassed it in 2003, but remained the country's tallest commercial building until the Northeast Asia Trade Tower was topped-out in 2009. This tower is wholly owned by Hanwha Group, one of the famous Chaebols in explosives and financial services.
The 63 Building was built as a landmark for the 1988 Summer Olympics. The 63 Building's construction broke ground in February 1980, at the height of South Korea's economic boom. It was built at a cost of 180 billion won and completed construction on May 1985. In 2000, Hanwha Group renamed the building 63 City and it became part of the group in 2002.
63 refers to the building's 63 official stories, of which 60 are above ground level. 61~63 floors are restricted area. The skyscraper is the headquarters of Hanwha Life Insurance/한화생명/Hanhwa Saengmyeong, Industrial Bank of Korea Securities/IBK투자증권/IBK Tuja Jeunggwon, and other major financial companies.
The 60th floor houses the world's tallest art gallery and an observation deck known as the 63 Golden Tower, that allows visitors to see as far as Incheon on clear days. The 59th floor features international restaurants called Walking in the Cloud, while the 58th floor houses family restaurants called Touch the Sky. Observation elevators equipped with windows enable their passengers to view the city as they ride up to (or down from) the observation deck. In the evening some elevators are available exclusively for couples. Known as Love Elevators, these give guests a one minute exclusive ride. The lower floors house an indoor shopping mall with approximately 90 stores, an IMAX Theater, and a large aquarium. A convention center and banquet hall are also housed within the building.
The 63 Building was featured in the computer games SimCity 3000 and SimCity 4, and featured on the cover of SimCity 3000 Unlimited. This building is accessible either by using SMRT Line 5 to Station 527: Yeouinaru Station/여의나루역 or Seoul Metro 9 to Station 916: Saetgang Station/샛강역.
|AHH F**K! MY EYES! I can't see any shit!|