Photos: World's tallest radio tower opens in Tokyo

 Photos: World's tallest radio tower opens in Tokyo

Credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages

The world's tallest radio tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree opened on May 22, 2012.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM

TOKYO - The world's tallest tower and Tokyo's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Sky Tree, has opened to the public.

Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-meter (2,080-foot) tower Tuesday to mark its opening.

It is recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating out the Canton Tower in China, which is 600 meters (1,968 1/2 feet). The world's tallest structure is Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 meters (2,717 feet). That's in a different category because it's a skyscraper, not a tower.

The Sky Tree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio, along with being a tourist attraction.
 

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