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September 17, 2012

Photo of the Week: Cinderella Castle in Seoul

The castle at the heart of Lotte World in downtown Seoul, South Korea looks very similar to Cinderella's Castle at Disney World.

Disney’s Cinderella Castle is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The castle, itself a copy of¬†Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen, Germany, is the centerpiece for several of the world’s most popular theme parks.

However, without a Disney theme park in Korea, what is Cinderella Castle doing in downtown Seoul?

Well, the castle, or at least a smaller, but very similar replica of it, sits as the centerpiece of Lotte World, a theme park in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, one of the world’s busiest metropolises. The park is best known for being the largest indoor theme park in the world. The castle, however, sits in the outdoor section, which is on an artificial island in the middle of an artificial lake.

From a distance, the castle looks awkward against a Seoul skyline of towering apartment buildings. However, it actually fits in nicely in a park filled with Korean oddities and cartoonishness (Is that a word?).

The castle at Lotte World isn’t the only western architectural knock-off in Korea; in fact, it’s not even the only one on site, with a copy of Rome’s Trevi Fountain sitting in the basement shopping mall underneath Lotte World.

This also isn’t the only replica of Cinderella Castle in the world, with a partially completed one sitting just outside of Beijing, China, at the abandoned Wonderland.

Without a doubt, though, Lotte World’s Cinderella Castle is one of the biggest double takes in downtown Seoul.


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