World’s biggest spokeless Ferris wheel ride to be built in South Korea


The world’s biggest spokeless Ferris wheel ride that dwarfs the London Eye and even outsizes some of Dubai’s attractions will be built in South Korea.

Consisting of two intersecting rings and revolving pods that offer superb 360 degree views of the surrounding area, the Seoul Twin Eye will be able to carry more than 1,400 people simultaneously.

It will also boast a 180 metre diameter, accommodating 64 pods that can hold up to 25 visitors at once.

Unlike a traditional Ferris wheel in which the entire wheel spins, Seoul’s version will see pods move as part of a track-based system that pulls them around inside and outside the rings.

Slated for 2028, the structure is said to be the first of its kind and has a capacity nearly double that of the 135 metre tall London Eye, according to its architects, UNStudio.

The groundbreaking plans, estimated to cost US$769.28 million ($1.1 billion), were revealed by the Dutch architecture firm, which collaborated with UK-based Arup and South Korea’s Heerim Architects on the project.

In plans released on UNStudio’s website, the firm said “The UNStudio team focused on the concept of unity as a symbol for the design.

“The wheel is inspired by the Honcheonsigye, an astronomical clock that represents the movement of celestial objects through time.

“The double ring structure of the ‘Seoul Twin Eye’ provides both stability and a unique aesthetic.

“UNStudio teamed up with Arup, who reviewed the proposed structure’s earthquake and wind resistance, for the recently unveiled vision proposal.”

Elsewhere, an architect has revealed his ambitious plan to develop a “space elevator” capable of transporting humans to space.

The object, dubbed Ascensio, would comprise a long cable tethering an asteroid trapped in geosynchronous orbit to a floating platform back on Earth.

And a futuristic aeroplane promises to revolutionise short-haul flying with cheaper and cleaner trips.

Dubbed the Octoplane, the all-electric aircraft has eight battery-powered props and could take you all the way to Switzerland without a drop of fuel.

World’s other weirdest rides

Off the back of UNStudio’s groundbreaking plans to build the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, here are some other quirky rides from around the world.

Aizhai suspension bridge
The longest valley suspension bridge in the world – stretching 335 metres above the ground – offers stunning views between Chongqing to Changsha in southwest China. But for around $440, people can attach themselves to a rope and throw themselves off it – plunging themselves into the valley below.

Iron Gwazi

Located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, the Iron Gwazi is the world’s “steepest and fastest” hybrid rollercoaster. Standing at just under 63 metres, the ride has a 91-degree drop and reaches terrifying speeds of 122kmph, while riders drift out of their seat mid-air.

Hundeprutterutchenbane
Located at Bonbon Land in Denmark, the Hundeprutterutchenbane ride is based off a farting dog. Better known as the “farting dog switchback”, the mutt’s flatulence is said to “add extra speed to the ride”.

Zadra

Known as the largest wooden rollercoaster in the world, Zadra features a 1315 metre wood and steel track. Found at Energylandia in Poland, a scary 61 metre drop is situated at the beginning of the ride, with passengers reaching heights of 64 metres and top speeds of up to 117kmph.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.