Despite its size and amount, Centropolis may sometimes go unobserved, as it is sandwiched between other landmark skyscrapers in the crowded Jongno downtown district -- such as Jongno Tower and Gran Seoul.
Giving it character is the Gongpyeong Historic Site Museum, a unique and extensive underground space where the city’s biggest historic site from the 16th century is preserved over a gross area of 3,817 square meters.
The underground gallery, which also serves as an annex to Seoul Museum of History, allows visitors a full view of Hanyang -- Seoul’s old name during the Joseon Dynasty.
When the historic remains were dug up at the building’s construction site in 2014-2015, the Cultural Heritage Administration ordered that the entire area be preserved for public interest.
Conforming to the decision, builder CTCore set up an exhibit hall surrounding the historic site and donated the facility to Seoul City. In exchange, it was allowed to build four additional floors than the legal floor area ratio -- a factor which partly contributed to the building’s record market price.
Occupying the building as tenants so far are the nation’s largest mobile carrier SK Telecom and logistics conglomerate Kumho Asiana.
Kumho Asiana, which has made headlines lately with its restructuring brawl of selling off flagship affiliate Asiana Airlines, moved into Centropolis earlier this year in a move to cut down management costs. Its previous headquarters, located in Gwanghwamun, was sold to Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management at 418 billion won.
SK Telecom has recently unveiled its new “5G Smart Office,” a comprehensive working space incorporating its key technology -- including 5G network, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, augmented reality, and virtual reality.
By Bae Hyun-jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Video by Lim Jeong-yeo (email@example.com