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HiKR Ground to turn into Faker Temple

By Lee Si-jin

Published : May 27, 2024 - 13:42

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Lee Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (Riot Games)

HiKR Ground, a promotional hall for Korean tourism located in Jung-gu, central Seoul, is to turn into a shrine to the living esports legend Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok from May 29 to June 16.

Faker was crowned the first ever inductee to the Hall of Legends with his mastery of League of Legends, numerous contributions to the sport and by inspiring millions of esports fans across the globe.

Hall of Legends is the League of Legends hall of fame that was introduced by Riot Games, the company behind the title, this year.

Celebrating the 28-year-old player’s stunning accomplishment, the five-story building of HiKR Ground will present programs and hands-on activities for fans.

While the first floor beckons tourists with a statue of Faker in his iconic “thumbs up” pose, the second floor features a special photo booth with a unique frame, Faker-themed quiz zone and an opportunity to play an “immortalized legend Ahri skin,” an in-game custom item yet to be made available to the public.

Lee Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok poses for photos with the Summoner's Cup after beating Weibo Gaming in the League of Legends World Championship Finals at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, southern Seoul, Nov. 19, 2023. (Riot Games)

The third floor presents images of Faker’s glorious moments and victories, including 10 League of Legends Champions Korea titles, two Mid-Season Invitational titles and four World Championship titles.

Renowned as a passionate bookworm, Faker revealed a portion of his book lists that allowed him to indulge in self-development during his leisure time. And the fifth floor of HiKR Ground will become “Faker Library,” introducing some of the books that inspired the world-class esports star.

HiKR Ground holds a raffle to present different esports merchandise like a keycap to its visitors as well.

HiKR Ground is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Admission is free.