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Ryugyong Hotel
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Some call it the ‘Hotel of Doom’ while others have dubbed it the ‘Phantom Pyramid’ because the North Korean government went through a phase of airbrushing it from photos and denying its existence. Like many things in North Korea this hotel has been a source of confusion to people not least because they have been building it for nearly 26 years. When construction started in 1987 it was set to be the tallest hotel in the world. Now it falls short in comparison to new hotels in Dubai. It was supposed to open in 1989 and by the mid-90s economic problems left the hotel rotting. It remained there, a concrete husk uglying-up Pyongyang’s skyline and everyone said it was a symbol of a ‘failed state’. Work began again in 2008 with an Egyptian company assuming control. Since then, they have installed glass facades and completed the shell of the building although the inside of the hotel remains unfinished. Rumors are that the German luxury hotel managing company, Kempinski AG, will open it up for business in 2013.

Photo by Jen Anne Morgan

Ryugyong Hotel

Photo by Jen Anne Morgan

Ryugyong Hotel tower

Photo by Colin Holden

Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang

Photo by Jen Anne Morgan

Pyongyang skyline with Ryugyong Tower

Photo by Eric Testroete

Ryugyong Hotel at night

Photo by Mark Panama

Pyongyang roads leading to Ryugyong Hotel

Photo by Eric Testroete

Pyongyang roads leading to Ryugyong Hotel tower

Statue of Kim Il Sung in front of the Ryugyong Hotel. Photo by Eric Testroete

Statue of Kim Il Sung in front of the Ryugyong Hotel

Photo by Colin Holden

Ryugyong tower

Photo by Eric Testroete

Ryugyong tower behind communist monument

Photo by Mark Panama

Ryungyong tower facade

Air Koryo is one of the two airlines flying to Pyongyang (Air China being the other). Tu-204-300 Jet at the Sunan International Airport, Pyongyang, DPRK. Photo by John Pavelka

Air Koryo Tu-204-300

Kaesong - New part of Pyongyang. Photo by Colin Holden

Kaesong

Pyongyang - National Day. Jen Anne Morgan

Pyongyang National Day

Boating on the Taedong River. Jen Anne Morgan

Boating on the Taedong River

Pyongyang at Sunset. Jen Anne Morgan

Pyongyang at Sunset

Pyongyang Skyline. Jen Anne Morgan

Pyongyang Skyline

Pyongyang Sunset. Jen Anne Morgan

Pyongyang Sunset

Rare glimpse at the ordinary kids of North Korea. Photo by Eric Testroete

Children of North Korea

Mount Kumgang, the 1,638 metres high mountain in Kangwon-do, North Korea. Photo by Eric Testroete

Mount Kumgang

Beach in North Korea. Most of it is fenced off with electric fences. Photo by Eric Testroete

Beach in North Korea
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