South Korea’s LEGO Tower Breaks World Record
From your child’s playroom to the streets of Sydney, Australia, LEGO is always challenging the human imagination to produce new and remarkable creations. South Korea decided to celebrate LEGO Corporation’s 80th birthday in a huge way — by erecting a record-setting “skyscraper” created from thousands of those tiny plastic bricks.
It took 4,000 children and five days to construct this 105 ft. high building in Seoul, South Korea. Over 500,000 bricks were used in the making of the tower, which was constructed in front of Seoul’s Olympic Stadium. Danish Crown Prince Frederik laid the topping brick when the structure was revealed on Sunday, appropriately (LEGO was founded in Denmark). The colorful tower drew a large crowd, with 30,000 people present at its unveiling. The new tower beat the previous world record of 103 feet, 8 inches, which was set in France.
The most amazing part of this LEGO tower is that it was created by children. Building with these toys has become an international past time, and the LEGO brick is widely popular in South Korea. For five days, kids as young as toddlers clipped and fused away, creating small elements of this huge construction.
LEGO infuses imagination and creation — which are timeless and will never be over-taken by technology. Since 1958, the LEGO brick has not changed — meaning your parent’s set will work with any set that you buy today at your local Target. As new generations fall in love with these building bricks, LEGO proves the lasting power of their product. The making of this tower is a testament to that lasting power and a wonderful celebration of a child’s endless imagination.
Check out the video below to see the young architects in action: