Lotte Tower had its grand opening in 2017 as the tallest building in South Korea. Since then, the tower has been a prime location to gather around and have New Years countdown and fireworks. Still, one can do more than merely enjoy this tower from outside. The top floors of the tower offer a unique experience. Seoul Sky Observatory occupies the top seven floors of the 123 floored tower.
Seoul Sky Observatory is visited by many due to the spectacular views it offers. It offers a 360 degree view of Seoul. Thus, I decided to take advantage of a Lotte World Mall trip to experience those views firsthand. Since it was a last minute decision, I purchased a Fast Pass ticket - 50,000 won. The Fast Pass ticket doesn’t require a designated time and date for entry. If I had planned, then the ticket would have been 27,000 won.
You begin your experience on B1 floor where the lobby and entrance are located. You have to wait in a line for it to be your turn to take an elevator up to the observatory deck on the 117 floor. The room you wait in has a bit of a light show, so it’s entertaining. Moreover, the elevator is known as the ‘sky shuttle’. It has the world’s first VR show in an elevator. Thus, while one makes their way up to the observatory, one enjoys a show about the Lotte Tower. The VR video show is displayed all four walls and the ceiling of the elevator.
Once at the observatory, one can take some epic photos of Seoul. Moreover, there are areas where one can take photos with glass floors. Be careful if you are afraid of heights! You can walk around the observatory to get the 360 view of Seoul. Located around the observatory and sky deck are media platforms to help one understand what part of Seoul one is getting a view of. There are fun facts to be learned, too. Moreover, there is an outdoor area! I couldn’t stay out there too long. I went on a windy day, so being outdoors, that high up, started making me feel scared of heights.
If one is feeling hungry, there are cafes to enjoy. It’s nice to drink a warm coffee, eat a sweet pastry and take in the view.
All in all, I recommend planning a trip to Seoul Sky Observatory. It isn’t a day long trip. The location is great. Before and after your visit, you can stroll by the lake or shop in Lotte World Mall.
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.