Kim Won Bae of KRIHS tells the story of visiting Shanghai and meeting a Chinese urban planner who had a burning question: how many 100-m-high or taller buildings did Seoul have? "I asked her why she asked that," he says. "She was still in the age of triumphalism. Seoul was once in that period as well, but we have passed it."This Chosun Ilbo article, titled "Construction of Asia's Tallest Building Starts", suggests otherwise:
The construction of the world's second tallest building starts in Seoul on Friday. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 133-story skyscraper tentatively called the DMC Landmark Tower will be held at Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, northwestern Seoul. Construction is to be complete in 2015.
Built on a 37,280 sq.m plot, the ultra high-riser will stand 640 m tall, the world's second tallest after the 160-story, 818m Burj Dubai being built by Korean developer Samsung C&T in the United Arab Emirates.In other words, "Up yours, Shanghai!" (And Taipei, and Hong Kong and...) Why this is being built in Sangam Digital Media City (currently in the middle of nowhere, though the Incheon Airport Subway line may change that) behind the old Nanji-do garbage dump (currently 'Sky Park'), I'm not sure. I guess it'll give visitors to the Korean Film Archives something to look at...
The DMC Landmark Tower will be 8 m taller than China's Shanghai Dragon, to be completed in 2014, becoming Asia's tallest building.
The 133rd floor of the DMC Landmark Tower will house an observatory 540 m off the ground, 66 m higher than the observatory of the Shanghai World Financial Center. The skyscraper will house a hotel, broadcasting facility, apartments, offices, a department store and a shopping mall.