Tourists walking around south of the Hangang River will easily notice a single building standing taller than the rest; this silver monolith is none other than Lotte World Tower. For years, Lotte World amusement park has been a popular attraction among locals and tourists alike. With the construction of Lotte World Tower & Mall, the area has become a paradise for all things entertainment and culture. The tower includes shops, theaters, offices, and a hotel, as well as the 555 meter-high observatory Seoul Sky, opened on April 3, 2017.
There are many observatories in the city, but none gives quite the same experience as what can be found at Seoul Sky. Even Seoulites are taking the ride up in the Sky Shuttle to enjoy the outstanding views of the city and the feeling of walking on the clouds. To make the most out of your visit, follow our helpful guide!
The Seoul Sky application is the perfect guide for your trip from the very start. Users can easily make ticket reservations through the app, as well as read explanations in foreign languages (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese available) about the various programs available within Seoul Sky.
To go up, one must go down; at least, that’s how it works at Lotte World Tower, as the entrance to Seoul Sky is on basement level 1. Despite being located underground, this space gives off the vibe of being in a much more open area, thanks to the large screens installed on the walls and ceiling. While waiting for your ride up, enjoy the show of Korea’s history, culture, and representative heritage sites. When you finally make it to the elevator, aptly named Sky Shuttle, the one-minute trip up to the 118 floor will pass in no time as you enjoy the media wall display. This show features Korea’s beauty through nature and nightscapes, as well as exciting festival scenes.
Seoul Sky provides a view of the entire city and even as far as Songdo and Incheon on clear days. The observatory starts from floor 117, but the real excitement comes from the Sky Deck, located on floor 118. Recorded in the Guinness World Records as being the “World’s Highest Glass-floored Observatory,” the Sky Deck is a mix of exciting and scary, as the floor alternates between being opaque and transparent right beneath your feet!
The Sky Terrace is an outdoor observatory and the closest one can get to the sky. With an open top, this glass enclosure allows one to enjoy the refreshing breeze while taking in the view.
The top floor of Seoul Sky holds 123 Lounge, the perfect spot for a rest over a glass of wine and a small meal. The view out of the windows here provides a panorama of Seoul unlike any other.
Before heading down from your trip to the clouds, be sure to stop at Seoul Sky Shop, located on the 121 floor. This gift shop has all sorts of small items featuring Lotte World Tower, including postcards, diaries, and miniatures. Any of these items would make for a great souvenir. However, the most popular item by far is the snow-globe featuring a tiny Lotte World Tower. If you don’t manage to purchase something while at Seoul Sky, you can also stop by the gift shop in the basement level 1, even if you don’t have a ticket to the observatory.
The excitement of Seoul Sky doesn’t end with the observatory facilities. Learn how you can take a group photo without asking someone else or having one person left out of the picture! You can also enjoy a souvenir that tastes great, too!
There are many places around Seoul Sky that are perfect for walking, including Songpa Naru Park and Olympic Park. We recommend visiting Seoul Sky between 5 and 7 in the evening, so you can enjoy a day view and a nightscape, as well as the sunset. If you make the most of your time before and after the tower, you can enjoy a full day’s worth of entertainment and leisure all in one area.
Songpa Naru Park takes up a vast 2.5km area around Seokchonhosu Lake. The trails around the two sections of the lake make for enjoyable walks with views of Lotte World Magic Island and Lotte World Tower standing above all. While the west lake, featuring Lotte World’s Magic Island, is vibrant and active, the east lake appears quiet and calm, making it a popular date course for couples in love.
Olympic Park was created especially for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Even after 20 years, the international competition-sized sports facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools continue to be used for large-scale competitions and events. The park is extremely vast, taking at least three hours to walk the entire park. Among the many areas within Olympic Park, the best place for great photos is definitely One Tree Hill, featuring a solitary tree within an open grassy field on a hillside.
* This column was last updated in June 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.