Remodeled Hotel Shilla Closes Top Floor Due to Rain Damage

      August 07, 2013 10:33

      A torrential downpour that started pounding Seoul around noon Tuesday caused the entire top floor of a newly renovated luxury hotel to be shut down. The Hotel Shilla had just reopened last Thursday following seven months of extensive remodeling.

      The massive leak from the roof onto the 23rd floor of the hotel, which is owned by the Samsung Group, has raised suspicions of faulty construction.

      Hotel workers used buckets to prevent the leaking water from inundating the floor after guests were evacuated. Hotel staff closed all access to the 23rd floor, and security guards were posted on stairways leading to the top floor and blinds installed to block any views of the damage.

      Hotel staff said the rainwater accumulated so rapidly on the rooftop that the drainage pipes were unable to cope.

      The Hotel Shilla spent around W80 billion (US$1=W1,116) on the renovation. It included remodelling of the lounge and a restaurant on the top floor, while another restaurant was added.

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