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Tokyo Skytree, world's tallest tower, opens; thousands take elevators to observation decks
TOKYO (AP) ' The world's tallest tower and Japan's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public on Tuesday.
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. Some waited more than a week to get the coveted tickets for a panoramic view of the city.
Skytree 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 Skytree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio, along with being a tourist attraction. It replaces the 333-meter-tall (1,092 1/2-foot-tall) Tokyo Tower ' a symbol of Japan's capital since 1958 ' as the broadcast hub.
(This version corrects Skytree to one word.)