Russian roofers climb Seoul’s Lotte Tower

A video of their ascent had more than 500,000 views on the first day.

Russian roof climbers from the On The Roofs team have uploaded a seven-minute video on YouTube that documents their ascent of the Lotte World Tower skyscraper. The 555-meter high skyscraper is the tallest building in South Korea.

“I never thought that we would go to South Korea with the aim of conquering skyscrapers,” roofer Vitaly Rascalov said. “But while monitoring construction activity in Seoul, we noticed that the external construction of the tower was completed.”

Viewers of the video were surprised that the roofers managed to get inside the construction site, which has guard dogs, security officers and even monitoring drones. “We first thought that we would fail, but in any system, even in a perfect one, there are gaps,” Rascalov said.

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Rascalov are known for their love of conquering tall buildings. The duo have already climbed several famous landmarks such as the Shanghai Tower, Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus, the Pyramid of Giza, the Cologne Cathedral, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. 

First published in Russian by Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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