World’s Tallest Structure Built in South Korea for LEGO’s Birthday

There’s only one place to build, and that’s up! South Korea celebrates LEGO’s 80th birthday by building the tallest LEGO structure to date. Happy Birthday LEGO!

I know that when I am a year older, I get a cake, possibly a few presents, and maybe a lightening of my work load (although that is often a present in and of itself). I certainly do not get a tall building erected in my honor. But then again, I am not LEGOs…although some people like to compare seeing me to the pain they get when stepping on a LEGO with their bare feet, but that’s a story for another place and time. To celebrate LEGO’s 80th birthday, rather than risking a huge fire by placing 80 candles on a cake, Seoul, South Korea opted to be home to the world’s tallest LEGO tower instead. South Korea was picked to host this event for two reasons – first, LEGOs were the first branded toy ever sold in the country, and second, in 1966, Seoul claimed the title once before with a LEGO tower reaching 68 feet (21 meters) tall.

This gravity-defying tower was built by four thousand children over a period of five days and stands at 105 feet (31.9 meters) high. It was recently unveiled by Danish Crown Prince Frederik to celebrate this iconic children’s toy’s birthday. The tower is located right in front of the Olympic Stadium and is taller than the previous structure built in France this past October by only 30 centimeters!

More than 30,000 men and women have come to check out this monster LEGO tower. Prince Frederik was on hand to place the final brick at the top of the tower.

This is a very popular record. It was first set in 1988 in London, England with a tower that reached 50 feet. Since then, the record has been beaten over 30 times. How long will this record last? I guess we will have to wait and see. Who’s with me on combining all our LEGOs and seeing what we can do? Any takers?

For more interesting LEGO stories at Walyou, check out these geeky LEGO wigs or how one LEGO-loving geek turned a corner of his home into his own mini LEGO land.