The Sampoong Department Store Collapse | A Short Documentary | Fascinating Horror

On the 29th of June, 1995, the Sampoong Department Store in Seoul, South Korea, collapsed. For the hundreds of people working and shopping inside the building, the disaster struck with very little warning… but later investigations would reveal that the failure of the structure had been inevitable and, moreover, anticipated – and that multiple opportunities to minimise the loss of life had been missed.

00:00 - Intro
00:37 - Background
03:34 - The Sampoong Department Store Collapse
07:29 - The Aftermath

I tell the true stories behind some of history's greatest disasters... but without sensationalism or disturbing imagery. Fascinating Horror is all about in-depth research, respectful storytelling, and learning what we can from the mistakes of the past. You might be surprised to discover just how much of today's world is shaped by long-forgotten disasters from decades gone by.

Music: "Glass Pond" by Public Memory | "The Plan's Working" by Cooper Cannell

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"Learning from Seoul's Sampoong Department Store disaster – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 44" by Colin Marshall, published by The Guardian, May 2015. Link:

"After 16 Days, a Rescue Stirs Hope in Korea" by Sheryl Wudunn, published by The New York Times, July 1995. Link:

"Death and Calamity: The Sampoong Department Store Collapse Explained" by Jaime Trosper, published by Interesting Engineering, June 2021. Link:

"Lessons from the Sampoong department store collapse" by NJ Gardner, Jungsuck Huh and LKan Chung, published by Cement and Concrete Composites, December 2002. Link:
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