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Tokyo Sky Tree is a television transmission tower in Sumida Ward built to improve television and radio transmissions in the digital age. The old Tokyo Tower in the centre of the city could no longer perform this task adequately due to the large number of high building surrounding it. Construction began in 2008 and finished on February 29th 2012. The tower officially opened to the public on May 22nd 2012 with long queues waiting to visit the 450 metre high observation decks. Guinness World Records certified the tower as the tallest free standing tower in the world halfway through construction in March 2011. The finished tower stands at 634 metres from top to bottom making it the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.