World’s Tallest Art Gallery

The 63 Building – which is part of 63 City or 63 Square – is possibly one of South Korea’s most recognisable skyscrapers. You can see its golden glisten as you cross the Han River on the subway. It was the tallest building outside of the United States of America when it was completed in 1985 on Yeouido Island. From the elevators you can observe the ground sink below, as though you’ve strapped on a jet pack. Standing at 249 metres, visitors experience a bird’s eye view of Seoul as it scuttles below. The most prominent features on the horizon are Seoul Tower located on Namsan, as well as Bugaksan and Gwanaksan mountains in the distance. Jet skis by day and river cruises by night can be seen passing beneath the numerous arch-backed bridges. I need not mention that twilight is the best time to visit. It provides an ideal opportunity to take photographs during the daytime, the sunset, and as the city is illuminated by twinkling fireflies.

The world’s tallest art gallery is on the 59th floor, as well as an observation deck known as ’63 Golden Tower’ from which I took these photographs. You can eat at either of the two restaurants on the 58th and 59th floors, which provide a romantic view over the city. However, this is not the only thing that makes 63 Building so popular among its visitors. It also houses a shopping mall with 90 stores and an Imax theatre, which caters to tourists with translations available in English, Chinese and Japanese. If you have children do not forget about 63 Sea World, where they can press their noses against 80 aquariums. Ask about the times of their seal and diver shows. Children will also enjoy the wax museum.

63 Building provides its visitors with entertainment and recreational activities as well as business facilities at their convention centre. It’s open seven days a week and can be visited on Mondays when many other tourist attractions are closed. Be sure that you go on a sunny day!

 

Details:

Discounts are available via the 63 Building website.

Address:

Seoul-si, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Yeoido-dong, 63 Korean Life Insurance Building.

How to get there:

By Subway:

Daebang station (Subway Line 1, Exit 6)

Take a free shuttle bus to the 63 Building from this exit. Or alternatively take bus # 62.

Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5, Exit 4)

Walk towards the intersection and turn left to walk to the bus stop. From here you may take the free shuttle which you can find across from Sambu Apartments. It is approximately 80m away from exit 4.

Yeoido station (Subway Line 5, Exit 5)
Take the free shuttle or bus # 62 from in front of St. Mary’s Hospital.

By Bus

You may take these bus numbers from around the greater Seoul area.

362, 261, 5633, 7611, 5534, 62 and 9409.

Opening times:

63 Sky Art/Sea World/Wax Museum 10:00-22:00

63 Imax Theatre 10:00-17:30 (Tues-Sun) and 10:00-20:30 (Mon)

Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.

3 Comments:

  1. That truly is the tallest art gallery. The views from it looks breathtaking. I would love to visit someday.

  2. This is my first visit to your blog. I have just returned from Seoul for a one week vacation. I wished I had read your blog before we landed in Seoul. The 63 building and the tallest art gallery is just a wonderful place and I love your photos. We went to the north Seoul tower for a brief visit (as we were rushed by the tour guide). It is ashamed that we didn’t have much time to really absorb the beauty of Seoul. Now having seen your photos, I want to see more of Seoul. Thank you for sharing – not just for the photos but also the effort to write about it and explain on how to get there! Awesome!

    • Sarah, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading my blog-thank you-that is EXACTLY why I do it: for the love of writing and photography! I’m thrilled that you had a wonderful time in Seoul! :) I have been to Seoul Tower on many occasions, it is also one of my favourite places to go! Hopefully you’ll continue to read the blog and it will help you create an itinerary for your future trip back to South Korea. ;) Maybe then you’ll also get the opportunity to visit other regions of South Korea like Jeju Island, Busan, Gyeongju and Seoraksan to name a few.

So what do YOU think? ;)