I was working in the GT Tower (Garak Tower) in Gangnam today. I think it’s one of the most striking buildings in Seoul and stands out in Gangnam too as it really is one of a kind. The building, shaped like a wave, is 130 metres high and designed by Dutch architects. The office inside had calm lighting and floor to ceiling windows with great views across the city. And it had stylish grey concrete bathrooms with dimmed lighting I’d expect to find in a swanky restaurant, rather than an office!
This is a good meeting place in Seoul since the building is so distinctive. Jongno Tower/Samsung Life Insurance Building is opposite Bosingak Bell Pavilion and by Jongak Station (subway line 1). A glass elevator (sweaty palms) can take you up to the 33rd floor and the Top Cloud bar and Fusion Restaurant. I haven’t eaten here but I have been for some overpriced drinks several times. The seating is cheapo plastic and the drinks aren’t great, but it’s the location and view that you pay for. And the toilets – I especially recommend visiting the bathroom here. Because this is without a doubt the most impressive ladies loo I have ever visited. The walls are made of glass from top to bottom giving an amazing view right out across the city. Even the lighting is cool and the design of the washbowls is ultra modern. I can’t go too close to the window with my fear of heights though. My hands are sweating as I type just thinking about it.
A cloudy day in Seoul
Heungguk Life Insurance building opposite the Seoul Museum of History.
On my way to the COEX, a large shopping mall in Samsung-dong, I passed Samsung IPARK - one of the most expensive apartment buildings in Seoul. It’s built by Hyundai Development Company and the cheapest price for a flat (182.87 m squared) is 2,700,000,000 won (about 1.5 million British pounds) to buy, or 8 million won per month to rent! We can see the IPARK Tower in the distance on the left which is opposite the COEX. On the right of this picture behind the trees is the prestigious Gyeunggi High School for Boys. Chungdahm station (line number 7, exit 2).
I think this shop is selling dinghies?
Seoul is a city obsessed with huge apartment complexes. This was taken from the 63 building in Yoido by the Hangang river.