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New Photos Of North Korea's "Hotel Of Doom"  
User currently offlinetxjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 246 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5058 times:

Koryo Tours of China has posted photos of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, a towering 105 story building that was started in 1987. Construnction was suspended when money dried up but restarted in 2008 after a 16 year delay.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19741830

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryugyong_Hotel

Just a couple of photos and no real surprises, sorry, just liked the name "Hotel of Doom." I think they should continue using that name in the tour brochures.

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User currently onlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 801 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

Looks great in my opinion. Too bad that the place itself is a bit off regular tourist limits.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19807 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

The architectural style could be described as being simultaneously brutalist and futurist. Two of my favorite genres. So actually, I love this building!

Futurist:


Brutalist:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ePYLSsvhaQM/TNSDHkw0yiI/AAAAAAAABAM/E1-osUdFIAU/s1600/Picture+4.png


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7919 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4912 times:

I wonder how many people they could feed instead of building this waste of a building...

looks cool though



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User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1367 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4860 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):

The architectural style could be described as being simultaneously brutalist and futurist. Two of my favorite genres. So actually, I love this building!

It is indeed great looking... From the outside. I've heard from numerous members at another forum (perhaps you read skyscraperpage.com), that because

A. It sat neglected for more than a decade half-finished

and

B. It's in North Korea

it's actually not a very safe building. I'm wondering if anyone knows more/better...


So you like Brutalist structures, yeah? Ever been pretty much anywhere along the Washington DC metro rail system? It's actually among my favorites to ride for that reason. It is a great genre indeed...



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19807 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4804 times:

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 4):

So you like Brutalist structures, yeah? Ever been pretty much anywhere along the Washington DC metro rail system? It's actually among my favorites to ride for that reason. It is a great genre indeed...

Yeah. It's a veritable orgy of brutalism! I love it!


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13121 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

I wonder how many workers died or were crippled in it's construction, probably well over that of any 'western' country.

User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

Brutalism is fine if done well and horrible if done badly. I like the DC Metro though, it has this "you are riding in a transportation tube from the future" thing going on.

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4744 times:

Yes - this is true -

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 4):
A. It sat neglected for more than a decade half-finished
and
B. It's in North Korea
it's actually not a very safe building. I'm wondering if anyone knows more/better...

It will never open, for these reasons - elevator shafts out of true, all kinds of structural problems. Btw all high rise apartment buildings in Pyongyang are shonky, on one of the Juche Travel Services' recent aviation tours (to fly Il-18 x2, Il-62, Il-76, Tu-134 x2, Tu-154, Tu-204 - ), I know someone who had to stop using apartment buildings as a visual reference to level a shot cos they're all leaning a bit. They all look very toxic and flammable too.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10049 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4728 times:
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Br00talz!!!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Plaza8.jpg

Love it. Though I think I'm the only one from Boston who does....



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11678 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

I like pyramids. And upside down pyramids. The Hotel Of Doom? ummmm... no.... Materials brought in from China. That says it all.


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6692 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Are you sure it's not materials mined by slave workers in camps ?

Anyway, I liked the unfinished look better.



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

“[I]n a place with absolutely no private or personal life, with the incessant worship of a mediocre career-sadist as the only culture, where all citizens are the permanent property of the state, the highest form of pointlessness has been achieved.”

- Christopher Hitchens


Pretty much sums it up, unfortunately.


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7446 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4186 times:

I could easily see a builing like this in Vegas.



User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6109 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 day ago) and read 4119 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 13):
I could easily see a builing like this in Vegas.

me too... But at least in Vegas you would have enough tourists to possibly fill it. How many guests are the North Koreans expecting? I wonder what the hotel occupancy rate is in Pyongyang?

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 4):
It is indeed great looking... From the outside. I've heard from numerous members at another forum (perhaps you read skyscraperpage.com), that because

A. It sat neglected for more than a decade half-finished

and

B. It's in North Korea

it's actually not a very safe building. I'm wondering if anyone knows more/better...

I am sure some corners were cut to get it finished too. I am just imagining a scenario like the 1974 film "Towering Inferno".



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7781 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 day ago) and read 4110 times:

Looking at those interior pics I think that would make an awesome place for laser tag or paintball matches.


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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (2 years 22 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 15):
Looking at those interior pics I think that would make an awesome place for laser tag or paintball matches.

Those interiors look like they came right out of something like Microsoft's Halo.



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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3775 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (2 years 21 hours ago) and read 3983 times:

It will remain an empty shell.
It is rumored that part of the deal which saw the Egyptian company take over NK's cell phone network was that they finished the building (probably only the exterior facades, for show). It's just a pretty (or at least unusual) cell phone antenna tower.

I doubt it'll ever house any guest, apart from rats.



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 20 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 17):
It will remain an empty shell.
It is rumored that part of the deal which saw the Egyptian company take over NK's cell phone network was that they finished the building (probably only the exterior facades, for show). It's just a pretty (or at least unusual) cell phone antenna tower.

I doubt it'll ever house any guest, apart from rats.

Once completed Kim Jong Un will announce that the Ryugyong Hotel is actually an intercontinental ballistic missile with a 500 megaton warhead stored at the top of the building/missile.

Personally, I think this building looks better than the brutalist example Doc gave, but I doubt the architect of the building will be putting it in any promotional items they send out to potential clients, that is unless they work exclusively in NK.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19807 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (2 years 20 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 18):
Once completed Kim Jong Un will announce that the Ryugyong Hotel is actually an intercontinental ballistic missile with a 500 megaton warhead stored at the top of the building/missile.

OK, that would simultaneously suck and be epic at the same time. As in "COOOOL!!! Sucks that the bad guys have it, though."


User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 20 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 19):

OK, that would simultaneously suck and be epic at the same time. As in "COOOOL!!! Sucks that the bad guys have it, though."

And then the action movie begins. Paging Tom Cruise.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19807 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (2 years 20 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 20):
And then the action movie begins. Paging Tom Cruise.

Oh lord, PLEASE no. Don't give the man any more attention. There are younger (and hotter) stars.


User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3775 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 18):
Once completed Kim Jong Un will announce that the Ryugyong Hotel is actually an intercontinental ballistic missile with a 500 megaton warhead stored at the top of the building/missile.

I think he's likelier to announce that it's a giant birthday cake for himself...




Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

Someone should have a review of it on Trip Advisor.


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User currently offlineHOMsAR From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

"We are pleased to give you a free upgrade to our penthouse suite. Unfortunately, the elevators are out of service, but you can find the staircase right around the corner. Enjoy your stay!"


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 25, posted (1 year 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

"I'm so ronery
So ronery
So ronery and sadry arone"


- words of its first guest



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User currently onlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 26, posted (1 year 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 3271 times:
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That actually looks pretty damn cool.


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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Could this become another of the Dear Leader's Palaces?

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
Brutalist:

Which building is that?



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 28, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 27):
Which building is that?

The Geisel Library, University of California San Diego (1969)



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User currently offlineandrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (1 year 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Interesting design! There are plenty of examples of uglier buildings around the globe. Every time I see pictures of this building I see resemblance to 'the Shard' in London - maybe the architect of 'the Shard' was inspired by the hotel in Pyongyang?   

Beauty is in the eye of beholder...

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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3130 posts, RR: 8
Reply 30, posted (1 year 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 3):
I wonder how many people they could feed instead of building this waste of a building...

As long as the government can convince that the building will be a source of greatness for them, they won't mind (at least, those in Pyongyang). Besides, it's a way the government can retain a socialist way of life (by working you earn the basic provisions, not money).



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