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  • Some gems from the Wikipedia entry.

    In the late 1990s, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea inspected the building and concluded that the structure was irreparable. Questions were raised regarding the quality of the building's concrete and the alignment of its elevator shafts, which some sources say are "crooked".

    In April 2008, after 16 years of inactivity, work on the building was restarted by the Egyptian company Orascom Group. Orascom, which has entered into a $400 million deal with the North Korean government to build and run a 3G mobile phone network, has denied that their telecommunications deal was directly related to the Ryugyong Hotel work. In 2008 North Korean officials stated that the hotel would be completed by 2012, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the "Eternal President", Kim Il-sung.

    In 2009 Orascom's chief operating officer Khaled Bichara noted that they "had not had too many problems" resolving the reported structural issues of the building, and that a revolving restaurant will be located at the top of the building.



    Well, I'm convinced.
  • I think it's kinda neat looking.

    It'd be even neater if North Korea used that money to feed people or something.
  • Even if the hotel is amazing, you are still in farking North Korea! Who in their right mind says, hey I know where we should go on vacation. North Korea! Lots of great stuff to do with the government monitors tailing us all the time!
  • Upvote for the Galaga reference!

    /Oh wait...
  • What an architectural atrocity.
    I'd say it was inspired by minecraft if minecraft was a decade older.
  • Sybarite: Some gems from the Wikipedia entry.

    In the late 1990s, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea inspected the building and concluded that the structure was irreparable. Questions were raised regarding the quality of the building's concrete and the alignment of its elevator shafts, which some sources say are "crooked".

    ....

    In 2009 Orascom's chief operating officer Khaled Bichara noted that they "had not had too many problems" resolving the reported structural issues of the building, and that a revolving restaurant will be located at the top of the building.


    Well, I'm convinced.


    I've read about this too. It sounds scary. Although, I can think of a boondoggle nearly as bad in the US, specifically in The Meadowlands of NJ...

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  • Horrible human rights violations aside, I find North Korea fascinating. It's like something out of dystopian science fiction. I should read more about it.
  • Link to the article next time, instead of a page that says "click here to read the whole story", retardmitter.
  • Does every room come with a complimentary sledge-o-matic?
  • I'm not sure why it would be considered ugly. It's no worst than anything you might see in the Las Vegas or San Fracisco skyline.
  • Is not worst Galaga-inspired hotel, is best Galaga-inspired hotel!
  • Ivandrago: Horrible human rights violations aside, I find North Korea fascinating. It's like something out of dystopian science fiction. I should read more about it.


    Look up a book called "Escape from Camp 14." If darkly fascinating is what you're after, you won't regret it. I promise.
  • Ivandrago: Horrible human rights violations aside, I find North Korea fascinating. It's like something out of dystopian science fiction. I should read more about it.


    If you have Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime, there are several documentaries you can watch. At the time I watched them, they were free. You should check them out, although I see now some of them cost to rent. All were fascinating.

    Crossing the Line
    Kimjongilia
    A State of Mind
    National Geographic - Inside North Korea
  • way south: What an architectural atrocity.
    I'd say it was inspired by minecraft if minecraft was a decade older.


    FTFA: North Korea began building the Ryugyong in the 1980s but stopped when funding ran out in the 1990s

    From the Minecraft Wiki: Minecraft development started around the 10th of May 2009


    Whut?
  • Slideshow stalled, gave up.
  • Ivandrago: Horrible human rights violations aside, I find North Korea fascinating. It's like something out of dystopian science fiction. I should read more about it.


    Journey into Kimland is a pretty neat link. It's about an English teacher in South Korea who goes on a trip to North Korea for the Ararang festival. He took lots of photos and he also speaks fluent Korean.
  • Bhags: way south: What an architectural atrocity.
    I'd say it was inspired by minecraft if minecraft was a decade older.

    FTFA: North Korea began building the Ryugyong in the 1980s but stopped when funding ran out in the 1990s

    From the Minecraft Wiki: Minecraft development started around the 10th of May 2009


    Whut?


    It can happen to any of us....

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  • Ivandrago: Horrible human rights violations aside, I find North Korea fascinating. It's like something out of dystopian science fiction. I should read more about it.


    Come to think of it, North Korea did become a state in the same year 1984 was first published...
  • I've heard this abomination is so poorly constructed that elevators cannot travel their full distance because the shafts are misaligned. One can onyl wonder what other flaws are in there.

    And, what kind of diseased life form would you have to be to want to take a vacation......IN NORTH KOREA??
  • Challenging Stage! Shoot all 40 defectors before they cross the DMZ!

    (If you get 40 out of 40, you get 10,000 calories of food rations for the week. Miss one, and it's 3,900 calories for the week. And, of course, no bonus lives at 70,000 unless you're part of the Inner Party.)
  • Colin O'Scopy: Link to the article next time, instead of a page that says "click here to read the whole story", retardmitter.


    Now, maybe the mods changed the link, but the link takes me directly to the full article. At least it appears to be so. I didn't see any reference to there being more content than was on the page.
  • I don't know much about hotels, but 150 rooms doesn't sound like a lot for something that size. Maybe they meant that's how many will be available since it's only partially opening?
  • Deslidefied Link
    Holy shiat!!! Slide 10. Best Korea has hover bumper cars!!!
    Or Photoshop.
  • USCLaw2010: Does every room come with a complimentary sledge-o-matic?


    *shakes tiny fist*
  • 105-story hotel has 150 rooms. Makes sense.
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