This golden, luminous building is called “63 Building” or “63 Square.” It’s easily seen when driving across the Han River.
Opened in 1985, it was the tallest building in Korea until the Hyperion Tower in Mokdong surpassed it in 2003. It became world famous when the torch was lit on the rooftop of the 63 Building during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The 63 Building was built by Shindongah Group, the parent company of Daehan Life Insurance. The official name of the building was “Daehan Life 63 Building”, but it was changed to “Hanwha 63 City” when Hanwha took over Daehan Life Insurance during the 1997 financial crisis. Today, the building is called “63 Square.”
육삼빌딩 / yook sam building
‘yook’ = six
‘sam’ = three
* If translated in English, it’s ‘six three’ building, not ‘sixty-three’ building
60 floors above ground and 3 below
???? 63빌딩 63 Square
50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Until the 1990s and early 2000s, it used to be a must-visit place when tourists and Koreans from other regions came to Seoul, but not much attention is given these days, as other tall buildings, such as IFC Mall and Lotte World Tower, opened up in the 2010s. However, it still signifies the Miracle on the Han River and the late 1900s.