Sunday, 6 August 2017

Politics: 19 photos of North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom'

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Will construction begin again?

Much confusion and mystery surrounds the 105-story, pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel, also known as the "Hotel of Doom," in North Korea.

Last week, Pyongyang took walls surrounding the building down, unveiling walkways to the hotel, fueling speculation that construction might start again, according to Fox News.

Construction on the hotel began in 1987, under Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea and Kim Jong Un's grandfather. It was supposed to be finished in the late 1980s, but construction was stopped short in the early 1990s because of an economic depression.

An Egyptian company was hired to make some improvements in 2008, and there have been rumors in the last few years that it could open soon, but the hotel's fate remains unknown.

Below are photos of the hotel, most of which were taken in Spring 2017 and provided by Korea Risk Group, a company billed as the leading provider of risk analysis, news, information and data surrounding North Korea.

Originally slated to open in 1989, the hotel was supposed to have Japanese lounges, casinos, and night clubs.

Source: NK News



But construction ground to a halt in 1993 due to famine after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Source: NK News



Work began again in 2008, when an Egyptian company called Orascom Group, hired to install 3G cell phone service, added a glaze to the framework – but it remained unfinished.

Source: NK News



In 2012, a German company, Kempinski Hotels SA, announced it would open a 150-room hotel at the top. The plans were later scrapped.

Source: NK News



In 2014, construction on the road below leading to the hotel was finished, fueling more rumors about it opening.

Source: NK News



Here's a closer shot of the road, which appears to be starting to crack.

Source: NK News



And here is a shot of the plumbing system underneath the road installed to mitigate any flooding.

Source: NK News



Here's another close shot of the road leading to the hotel in the foreground.

Source: NK News



In October 2016, rumors continued to abound after people noticed three lights had been turned on at the top of the building. But still nothing happened.

Source: NK News



Until suddenly, in July, something happened to the sign below which reads: "Everybody do it in accordance with the decisions achieved at the 7th Party Congress!"

Source: NK News



The wall was removed on July 27, the anniversary of the Korean War armistice, fueling more speculation about what would come next.

Source: NK News



North Korea test fired an ICBM for the second time the day after the walls were taken down.

Source: NK News



A new sign, not pictured below, now hangs on the building, which reads: "Rocket Power Nation."

Source: NK News



Here is an apartment building that is also being constructed next to the hotel.

Source: NK News



The residents will look right on to the hotel.

Source: NK News



Below is construction equipment still resting next to the hotel, which reportedly has already cost more than $622 million to build.

Source: NK News



And still more construction equipment.

Source: NK News



The building still draws about 100,000 tourists per year, most of whom are Chinese. Below is Pyongyang's Konsol metro station, which is adjacent to the hotel.

Source: NK News



And here's the inside of the metro station, which can take you wherever you'd like to go in Pyongyang.





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