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The Digital Media City Landmark Building ( ) or DMC Landmark Building is a 133-floor, supertall skyscraper under construction in Digital Media Citymarker, Seoulmarker, South Koreamarker. It is slated to become the second-tallest building in the world when completed, after Burj Dubaimarker. It will be the tallest building in both Koreamarker and East Asia. Construction broke ground on 16 October 2009, and is scheduled to be completed by April 2015. It will be built with the country's own capital and technology at an estimated cost of 3.3 trillion won (US$2.9 billion).

The DMC Landmark Building will house an observation deck on 133rd floor at , from which visitors will be able to see the entire metropolis of Seoul and as far as Gaeseongmarker, North Koreamarker. It will be the tallest observation deck in the world, higher than those of Burj Dubai on the 124th floor at and the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centermarker at . Six through eight-star hotels will be located on the 108th-130th floors, surpassing the Park Hyatt Hotel (79th-93rd floors) in the Shanghai World Financial Center, as the highest hotel rooms in the world.

All functions of a futuristic, 21st century city are incorporated into the building, including the most high-tech office and residential spaces, a department store, luxury shopping malls, a large convention center, the world's largest interactive aquarium, international restaurants and facilities for media, culture and exhibitions.

The landmark building is backed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and is being constructed at the fastest speed among major skyscrapper projects by South Korea's Samsung C&T Corporation, whose work includes Burj Dubai, Taipei 101marker and the Petronas Twin Towersmarker.


The landmark building's masterplan was completed in 2000, at the start of the new millenium. It was designed to be the centerpiece of where all things digital, from music to animation to computing companies, are accommodated. Located at western Seoul in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, the landmark building is adjacent to the Seoul World Cup Stadiummarker used in 2002, when South Korea and Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It will be the highlight of the DMC project launched back in 2002, the world's first high-tech complex.

On 1 June 2004, the Seoul Metropolitan Government began inviting developers and interested parties to purchase and develop land (lot or lots) for the DMC Landmark Building.

In January 2008, the Seoul Metropolitan Government invited businesses to submit their proposals in an open competition in connection with the plans to build the landmark building.

In June 2008, the Seoul Landmark Consortium (comprised of 23 businesses, such as The Korean Teachers' Credit Union, the Korea Development Bank, Hana Bank, the NACF, the Industrial Bank of Korea, Woori Bank, Daewoo and Daelim) was selected as the preferential bidder of the project.

On 30 March 2009, a ceremony was held at the Seoul Plaza Hotel during which Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and 23 businesses participating in the DMC Landmark Building project signed an agreement on cooperation. The basic plan for the DMC Landmark Building was unveiled at the ceremony.

On 16 August 2009, the DMC Landmark Building broke ground with the theme of "light leading the new millenium" and a LED laser performance. Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon, 25 business leaders and 1,000 related employees attended the event. The mayor opened the event by praising that the Digital Media City "will provide the world with an entire community to use as a living laboratory of tomorrow's lifestyle. It will be set in an area of riverside parkland encompassing ecological gardens, lakes, hills and streams - providing heartening evidence that 21st century urban man can co-habit with nature, to the mutual benefit of both."

Among major high-tech businesses, LG Electronics has shown the greatest interest in the DMC Landmark Building and along with LG Telecom and LG CNS, they will move their respective headquarters to the new building upon its completion to form a new 'LG Town', similar to the Samsung Town recently built in south-east Seoul.

Politically, the project is expected to significantly boost the South Korean economy by creating 86,000 new jobs and injecting 11 trillion won in production inducement, as well as setting a new landmark icon for South Korea, improving its national image and attracting international tourists and foreign investors.


Gently curving forms and smooth transitions are major design elements of the DMC Landmark Building.
Originally designed to be angular twin towers to rise as high as , the final design has changed substantially to a rounder, more curve-based design featuring the concept of "Seoul Wave", which represents Seoul's status as a city of history, globalization, culture and environment. It also transforms the historic meaning and image of the Smoke-Signal Station on Namsanmarker mountain, or a beacon mound on the mountain as a traditional measure of communications, to a flow of "light", which symbolizes a modern measure of communications, or the digital industry. The building's fa├žade resembling a lighthouse is aimed at expressing a vision as a "light leading the new millennium."

The three main concepts of the DMC Landmark Building are Digital Media, Eco Design and Human Culture. For this reason, it was also called Seoul Lite before being officially named the Digital Media City Landmark Building.

The outward appearance of the building is to be made in a style reminiscent of the windows of traditional Korean houses. Its design specifies the installation of an exterior super skin containing 40,000 LED panels that emit light of various colors.

The bamboo-type structure of the building, with the heart section left empty, increases its resistance to bending three-fold, thus enhancing its structural stability against earthquakes and vibration due to wind.

The landmark building's green rooftop will bring about a heat insulation effect. The installation of automatic ventilation windows on the surface of the building will aid the supply of fresh air and save considerable energy. A mirror installed in the building will direct sunlight towards the lower floors. That, along with the use of geothermal heat and a photovoltaic generation system, using the side walls of the building, will make it possible to save considerable energy.

Floor plans

Sky trains bring people into the high-tech digital plaza and interactive aquarium.
The following is a breakdown of floors on the Digital Media City Landmark Building:

Floors Use
131-133 Observatory, Media Art Center, Open Studio, Broadcasting facility
128-130 Concert restaurant
108-130 Luxury six to eight-star hotels
85-107 Family and business hotels
46-84 First-class apartments
9-45 High-tech offices of IT, media, communication and financial businesses
1-8 Department stores, shopping malls, clinic center and convention centers
B6-1 World's largest interactive aquarium, Digital Media Hall

Interactive aquarium

At , the interactive aquarium inside the DMC Landmark Building will be the largest of its kind. Unlike conventional aquariums, it will be fully interactive and paired with the latest high-tech technologies, allowing visitors to fully interact with it. It is the first foreign direct investment into the DMC Landmark Building, with approximately a billion dollar invested over the next 5 years. On 1 July 2009, the mayor of Seoul signed an investment agreement with United Statesmarker-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) to build the aquarium. Headquartered in Las Vegas, ATM has 100 years of experience in building large-sacale aquariums and already built the Dubai Atlantis Hotelmarker aquarium and the Seattle Underwater Dome.

See also


  1. Ground breaking video of "Sangam DMC Landmark Building starts construction"

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