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“Goethe Statue” in Jamsil, Seoul (Photo)

Between Jamsil Lotte World Mall and Seokchon Lake, there is a small park-like space. This place used to be an empty field, but since the construction of Jamsil Lotte World Tower in 2016, it has gradually transformed.

In the garden in front of Lotte World Mall, a statue of “Goethe,” the author who inspired Lotte’s corporate mission through his novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” was erected.

“Lotte, born inspired by Charlotte from Goethe’s ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther'”

The name “Lotte” was inspired by the protagonist “Charlotte” in the novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Goethe, which Lotte’s founder Shin Kyuk-ho read during his student days.

The Goethe statue was erected in the Arena Square between Lotte World Tower and Lotte World Mall in 2016. It was brought to Korea through 3D scanning and computer cutting work from the Goethe statue in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park, where it had been located from February to August of that year.

According to Lotte officials, the height of the statue is 5.15 meters, and it cost a total of 1.6 billion won (about 1.4 million dollars) for production, transportation, and installation.