Whoever designed these gargantuan buildings has almost certainly never experienced vertigo (or has any sympathy for those who have). If you ever want to literally have your head in the clouds, take a trip to one of these remarkable buildings that are among the highest in the world.
1. Lotte World Tower, South Korea – 1819 feet
The Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in Korea, and currently the 5th tallest in the world. It consists of 123 floors, 6 of which are located underground in the basement. It houses everything from retail stores, apartments, offices, and restaurants to a 7-star hotel and observation deck. This super-tall tourist attraction was completed in 2016 and can withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake in spite of it reaching 1819 feet high.
2. Ping An International Finance Centre, China – 1965 feet
Definitely not a country to be left off this list, China has accomplished some incredible infrastructural feats over the years. One of them is the 115-story Ping An International Finance Centre located in Shenzhen. It was completed in 2017 and includes a conference center, a hotel, a multitude of luxury retail shops, and is of course, the headquarters of Ping An Insurance. The extraordinary building has 33 double decker elevators for quick navigation and is also home to one of the tallest observation platforms in the world measuring 1844 feet high.3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia – 1972 feet The Makkah Royal Clock Tower (Hotel) also goes by “Mecca’s Abraj Al-Bait” or “Jeddah Tower”. It was built as a facet of the “King Abdulaziz Endowment Project” and stands in the center of a high-rise complex called Abraj Al-Bait. The clock has the largest face of any clock in the world and is also the tallest; the building itself contains a meeting center, an Islamic museum, two prayer halls, a shopping mall, a Lunar Observation Center, and a living space for 10 000 devout Muslims.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Saudi Arabia – 1972 feet
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower (Hotel) also goes by “Mecca’s Abraj Al-Bait” or “Jeddah Tower”. It was built as a facet of the “King Abdulaziz Endowment Project” and stands in the center of a high-rise complex called Abraj Al-Bait. The clock has the largest face of any clock in the world and is also the tallest; the building itself contains a meeting center, an Islamic museum, two prayer halls, a shopping mall, a Lunar Observation Center, and a living space for 10 000 devout Muslims.
4. Shanghai Tower, China – 2073 feet
Another impressive skyscraper from China, the Shanghai Tower has a total of 127 floors with an additional 5 located underground, and 5 podium floors. It has the tallest indoor observation deck in the world located on its 118th floor with incredible views of the Huangpu River and Bund – and with the fastest elevators in the world, you can get there pretty quickly. The Shanghai Tower broke world records when it was completed in 2014, with its swiftest elevator reaching speeds of 67 feet per second (or 46 miles an hour). It can make you dizzy just thinking about it.
5. Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates – 2717 feet
The striking Burj Khalifa in Dubai is an insane 2717 feet tall and comprised of 160 stories. Built all the way back in 2004, it has held on to its title as highest building in the world since its completion. Not only did it break the tallest building record, it also holds the record of being the tallest free-standing structure in the world; having the highest number of stories, the highest occupied floor, the highest outdoor observation deck, the elevator with the longest travel distance, and lastly, having the tallest service elevator in the world. It is a mixed-use structure, with residential areas, hotels, offices, and a direct connection to the Dubai Mall.
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