North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel Finally May Open Next Year

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BBC notes that the Ryugyong Hotel has become a symbol of North Korea’s economic problems in a recent piece about its long awaited opening, its issues over the years and the fact that its known as an eyesore for many.
The 105-story monstrosity which is centered in North Korean’s capital, Pyongyang, may open sometime next year.
It’s hard to believe, but construction on the hotel actually began 26 years ago and since then, has become known as the “Hotel of Doom”. It makes you wonder if there are other reasons it’s called that since at least upon first glance, it doesn’t look as ugly as other expensive projects of this magnitude have churned out.
The hotel is said that it was slated to open in 1989 in time for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students but then money troubles hit and so it was delayed.
And, now 26 years later, it may finally open during the 2013 year if all things go well.
According to the same article, analysts say that the building’s hulking, unfinished presence has long been an embarrassment for the North Korean leadership.
And, it was voted “Worst Building in the History of Mankind” by Esquire magazine in 2008. It was referred to as “hideously ugly, even by communist standards.” Whoah. A l’il rough.
Below is another shot.
The Ryugyong Hotel stand above the smog dominating the Pyongyang skyline in 2011
As for costs and why it has been so hard to complete? It is reported to have spent $180m (£112m) on finishing the hotel’s facade.  It will be interesting to see if the hotel does in fact open next year as planned. Stay tuned as things progress.
Photo credits: AP/Koryo Group & AP.