The hope put forth by then-ruler Kim Il-Sung had been to build a hotel that would exemplify the country’s robust tourism industry. It came to represent the opposite. The empty hotel seems like the perfect symbol for the isolated Communist nation with delusions of grandeur. More than $750 million has gone into the lodging that’s frequently referred to as the “Hotel of Doom.”
Ryugyong hotel looks beautiful!
Ryugyong Hotel is not dead yet. An Egyptian company called Orascom started working on the project again in 2008, adding a glass exterior to the building’s facade. But construction on the luxury hotel seems to have halted again. Recent reports have said the inside of the structure has no plumbing, electricity or, really anything at all. The gigantic building that looks like a winged spaceship from the outside serves to shroud a hollow interior.
In 2008, the South Korean media estimated that the Ryugyong project could require another $2 billion to finish construction and ensure safety, which is around 7 percent of North Korea’s GDP. Perhaps Kim Jong-un [Il-Sung’s grandson], worth a rumored-and ill-gotten-$5 billion, will dig into his own pockets to make good on a 30-year promise.
Source: ELLE DECOR
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