the nickname is your visit to “The Ryugyong Hotel” under a bad sign: “Hotel of Doom”, the Hotel of doom, is called the 105-storey building in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, too.

could not book a room here anyway.

Since 1987, with the start of construction, the building is as good as empty. Everything is just a façade-in the truest sense of the word. Behind the opulent glass-pyramid is the largest ruin of North Korea is hidden well. And, perhaps, the largest uninhabited building in the world, such as CNN reported.


The Ryugyong Hotel, still without the LED-lights (2012)

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It should be a prestige object. 330 meters high, approximately 360,000 square feet of floor space, with around 3000 rooms and five revolving Restaurants.

you may ask: Why, in North Korea, the Western foreigners are viewed with suspicion and supervisors monitor?

Because South Korea had also a fancy Hotel.

And anyway, the neighbors are great, the were supported during the Cold war the USA developed. At the time the largest Hotel in the world in Seoul, the South Korean capital, and they all prepared for the Olympic games in 1988.

The “Hotel of doom” in North Korea has been more a result of politics instead of prosperity. They wanted to snatch away the neighbors with a building-record, planned opening in time for the Soviet “Festival of Youth and Freedom” in 1989 – a kind of counter-event to the Olympic Games.

in 1987, construction began on the pyramid, but in 1993 they had to be because of lack of Resources set. Then nothing happened for 16 years.

North Korea maintains the facade

Only in 2008, the Egyptian group Orascom, began with the completion – if you can. As part of a deal with the Regime, which allowed Orascom in return, a cellular network, and the construction of a metal – and-glass facade missed. The project was completed in 2011, and fuelled speculation that Pyongyang is planning the opening. At the end of 2012, the German luxury hotel group Kempinski is not negotiated reported with the Regime (the star), a collaboration came to be but in the end.

With the opening it didn’t work out, you know.

the reasons can only be speculated that North Korea does not respond to the “Hotel of doom”, according to observers, the building is said to have been repaid for years, from propaganda images – perhaps out of fear of bad PR(opaganda).


The Ryugyong Hotel (2012)

©Koryo Tours AFP

experts suspect that the design (probably made of concrete) unsound, and in the years to come to be. So it came to 2014 about a building collapse in Pyongyang, in the case in which several Hundred people died to be. The 23-storey residential building was still under construction, but was already inhabited. The reason for the collapse was the design.

Since 2018, the “Hotel of doom” in a new light, thanks to a LED panel. A Propaganda Show: According to CNN, four minute movies are sometimes to be seen, to the North Korea’s political history and major events of the show.


LED-Show at the Ryugyong Hotel (2018)


However, the spectacle does not run continuously, but usually at big events in Pyongyang as a correspondent for the US broadcaster reported – to save some might to power.

Whether or not the “Hotel of doom” ever opened? Maybe. But it has been thought 32 years ago already.

source: , CNN

fs topics in this article, North Korea’s condemnation of Pyongyang Olympic games in South Korea, Cold war, United States Seoul

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