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'Human spider' successfully scales 555-meter skyscraper with bare hands [PHOTOS]



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By Park Si-soo

Korea's top female climber Kim Ja-in successfully climbed the 555-meter Lotte World Tower with her bare hands.

It took 2 hours 29 minutes and 38 seconds for her to scale the nation's tallest skyscraper in Jamsil, southeastern Seoul. Kim made her way to the top wearing safety gear but without footholds.

"I hope the challenge will give hope to our people going through hard times," Kim said smiling at the top of the skyscraper.

Since 2009, Kim has won 25 International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup events and 11 Asian championship events.

In 2013, she climbed KNN Tower in Busan (128 meters) and Lotte Department Store in Myeong-dong, Seoul (84 meters). Last December, she became the world's first woman to climb Spicy Noodle in Yangshuo County, Gilin, known as China's most difficult climb.

Kim will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which for the first time ever in the Olympics will include climbing.

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