Frenchman Arrested for Climbing Lotte World Tower

Nicholas Kim, June 7, 2018, 8:29 a.m.

French rock climber Alain Robert was arrested by police on Wednesday while scaling the 123-story Lotte World Tower in Seoul. Robert has gained global fame by climbing skyscrapers around the world using only his bare hands. He started climbing the Lotte World Tower around 8 a.m. and reached the 75th floor two hours later before being talked out of the adventure by building security.

He descended in a gondola used by window cleaners and told reporters he wanted to celebrate the rapidly improving relationship between North and South Korea. In March of 2016, before it was opened to the public, Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov also climbed the skyscraper and took a photo of his feat.

Robert was born in southern France and started his scaling adventures with Australia's Sydney Tower in 1997. He has climbed 150 high-rise landmarks including the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan.

In 2011, Robert climbed the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (828 m) in Dubai, in less than six hours.

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