Forget the London Eye! Engineers aim to build the world’s largest spokeless ferris wheel in Seoul by 2025, rising 170 meters high and featuring stainless steel pods overlooking the city
- The futuristic Seoul Ring is being built in Haneul Park in Seoul, South Korea
- The spokeless design breaks with the traditional look of Ferris wheels
- Seoul Ring is symbolically placed “geographically close to North Korea.”
The London Eye, Singapore Flyer and Ferris Wheels around the world have attracted the attention of locals and tourists for decades.
But South Korea is going one step further with plans toThe world’s largest spokeless ferris wheel, with stunning views of the capital in 2025.
The futuristic Seoul Ring breaks with the traditional appearance of Ferris wheels thanks to ‘innovative technology’.
The development is taking place on a former landfill in Haneul Park – dubbed a “gateway to Seoul” by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG).
In an announcement earlier this month, it said, “Seoul Ring will not only serve as an entertainment facility, but it will also become a cultural complex offering visitors the chance to experience the historical significance of Nanjido.
The futuristic Seoul Ring is to be built by 2025 at Haneul Park in Seoul, South Korea
“Innovative technology” will be used to make the appearance different from other Ferris wheels
“Moreover, it offers a variety of festivals, cultural and tourism content and programs, and a place for communication.”
Once the wheel is built, it will be 185 meters high, the organization said CNN.
For comparison, this is 44 meters taller than the famous London Eye in the United Kingdom, which is 142 meters high.
The ring will also top the world’s largest Ferris wheel in Shandong, China 475 feet long.
Visitors will have the opportunity to gaze at the sights of the Hangang River, downtown Seoul, Namsan Mountain, and even Bukhansan Mountain from the stainless steel pods.
The location was chosen from a number of alternative options, including Nodeul Island, Yeouido Park and Jamsil, which the SMG has been playing with since last October.
But Haneul Park was ultimately chosen for its “symbolism of inter-Korean reconciliation.”
“Haneul Park is considered a place of significance for its symbolism as a gateway to both Seoul and unified Korea and as a location geographically close to North Korea, demonstrating the harmony and reunification of the Korean race,” the SMG added please.
The wheel will reportedly accommodate 36 carriages that can each be filled with 25 people.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view the sights of Hangang River, downtown Seoul, Namsan Mountain and even Bukhansan Mountain from the pods
The Seoul Ring will be symbolically located in a park ‘geographically close to North Korea’
Haneul Park was ultimately chosen for its “symbolism of inter-Korean reconciliation”
The Seoul Ring
- It will be built on a former landfill in Haneul Park
- The construction works should be completed in 2025
- The Seoul Metropolitan Government claims it will be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at 145 meters
- It will incorporate green technologies to ensure it meets sustainability goals
- The wheel will have 36 carriages, each seating 25 people
The SMG consults with international architectural and engineering experts to ensure the ring is safe and structurally sound.
The Seoul Ring will also feature eco-friendly technologies consistent with climate change and sustainability goals.
It is because the city has plans to develop more forward-thinking infrastructural designs in collaboration with the private sector.
The SMG added, “Seoul Ring is expected to serve as the city’s new landmark enhancing its global position and urban competitiveness while revitalizing the local economy.
From Haneul Park, visitors can see Hangang River, downtown Seoul, Namsan Mountain, and even Bukhansan Mountain.
“In addition, it is the best place to realize the city’s municipal vision of finding harmony between citizens, planet, future and environment (i.e. carbon neutrality, climate change), given Haneul Park’s past as a landfill.”
MailOnline has approached the SMG for comment.