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  • A man believed to be George King-Thompson attempted to scale Seoul’s Lotte World Tower, the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the world. 
  • The British man, who said he wanted to BASE-jump from the top of the skyscraper, was detained at the 72nd floor of the 123-story building.
  • More than 90 police, emergency, and other personnel were dispatched to the South Korean building, according to the fire agency.

A British man was detained after climbing more than half way up the world’s fifth-tallest skyscraper in Seoul with only his bare hands on Monday, authorities said.

More than 90 emergency, police and other personnel were dispatched to the 123-story, 1,820-foot-tall Lotte World Tower, after the man was spotted scaling the building on Monday morning, the Seoul fire agency said in a statement.

The man, in his 20s, reached the 72nd floor, which is about 1,020 feet high, before officials took him to a gondola lift and moved him inside the building, the statement said.


South Korean media identified the man as free climber George King-Thompson. The reports said he was carrying a parachute and told police that he wanted to BASE-jump from the top of the building.

Fire and police authorities didn’t immediately confirm the man’s name or his motive.

King-Thompson was arrested in 2019 after scaling the Shard in London — the U.K.’s tallest skyscraper at 1,017 feet— after the owners of the building pressed charges against him for trespassing. He was sentenced to six months in prison and served three.

A British man climbs Lotte World Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea, on June 12, 2023. The British man was detained Monday after climbing more than half way up, according to the authorities. (The Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Management Headquarters, via AP)

In 2021, he climbed the 36-story Stratosphere Tower, a residential block in east London’s Stratford neighborhood and reached the top in less than half an hour. He said he picked the building because he was shocked by the flash floods that recently hit the area and wanted to raise awareness to the seriousness of climate change.

Police confirmed they took custody of the man but didn’t provide further details.


The Lotte Property & Development, which operates the tower, said the man didn’t suffer any major injuries. The fire agency statement said he suffered a cut on his skin on the right knee.

In 2018, French climber Alain Robert, known as “Spiderman” for his daring stunt, was also detained after climbing the 75th floor of the Lotte World Tower. Lotte officials said they heard he was eventually released and left South Korea after they told police they didn’t want to press charges for obstruction or trespassing.

The Lotte Property & Development said company officials were expected to discuss what to do with the British man.

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